Wednesday, April 7, 2010

From Temples to Tattoos

The HH* and I were in the Nashville, Tennessee, area over Easter weekend, visiting our soon-to-be-redeployed Army daughter and son-in-law (but that's another blog post...)

While walking around, exploring Nashville (which likes to call itself the Athens of the South) I was stopped by this sight, above. At a major downtown intersection, this former bank is now a tattoo and piercing parlor.

Hmmm, I thought. Very Kunstlerian.

James Howard Kunstler is the Saratoga Springs, NY, author of such books as The Geography of Nowhere, which he says he wrote, "because I believe a lot of people share my feelings about the tragic landscape of highway strips, parking lots, housing tracts, mega-malls, junked cities, and ravaged countryside that makes up the everyday environment where most Americans live and work."

I think the was-bank, now-tattoo-parlor is a pretty good example of what Kunstler has been writing and declaiming about. If you don't mind some salty language, check out Kunstler's Eyesore of the Month sometime.

Looking again at the photo, this Nashville street corner does give me pause. It can't be a good thing when our faux Greek temple banks become tattoo parlors.

*HH = Handsome Husband