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Plans For Avenue of the Arts Announced In Downtown Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- A new streetscape project for the area on Fifth Avenue between Church Street and Union Street in downtown Nashville has been announced.

On Friday Mayor Karl Dean with Metro Public Works and the Metro Arts Commission announced plans for an Avenue of the Arts, to highlight the area an arts district. The redesign will create Nashville's first visual arts district.

"Although Nashville has a worldwide reputation for music, there is an abundance of talented, creative people here contributing to the visual arts," Dean said. "This block is already one of the most important creative districts in the city. Creating an Avenue of the Arts will make dining outdoors and strolling the art galleries an even more vibrant and enjoyable experience."

The new Avenue of the Arts will include a new overhead lighting canopy, improved sidewalks, and places for outdoor dining and platforms for outdoor art. Officials believe that the new area will improve connectivity between the activity on Broadway and TPAC and the Tennessee State Museum.

The project is expected to finish in late summer 2013.

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