Tony Giarratana has learned a thing or two about urban placemaking during his 30-plus-year career reinventing properties with tall buildings. Now the veteran Nashville-based developer envisions a project of a different type in essence, an outdoor room that would strike an eye-catching pose within the epicenter of the citys central business district.
Specifically, Giarratana is proposing a radical overhaul of Anne Dallas Dudley Boulevard and its sidewalks (see here and here courtesy of Google Street View), which connect Union and Church streets. If undertaken, Anne Dallas Dudley Park would offer a two-lane street for slow-moving vehicles and lots of green space for pedestrians via a concept known as a woonerf, which was originally implemented in The Netherlands.
Giarratana told the Post he plans to submit the complete street proposal to Metro, regardless of whether the city issues a request for proposals related to Church Street Park, the tiny public green space upon which the developer and his company wanted to build the high-end residential skyscraper Paramount (read here).