Mr. McCain, whom I once witnessed threaten the Salemtown Neighbors President with physical violence, is quoted as saying that he's bringing diversity to our neighborhood (as if we were not already diverse):
UP’s Taurus McCain says Salemtown, once fully redeveloped, will offer significant diversity in both its building styles and the socio-economic/age ranges of its residents. “You will have something very special that Nashville hasn’t seen,” McCain said.Diversity from Taurus McCain? The same real estate investor who has only built one duplex (priced above $200,000) and the Schoene Ansicht townhouses? The same guy who has opposed every attempt to have downzoning include detached single family homes? The same property owner who intends to keep blighted trailer-like duplexes on 6th Avenue standing rather than tear down and build quality detached and affordable single-family homes after Metro Council rezoned his lots for the same?
Mr. McCain has demonstrated over and over again that "fully developed" means one thing: "fully duplexified for the fullest dollars." If appealing to Taurus McCain as a source on diversity in Salemtown is supposed to inspire street cred at the City Paper's neighborhoods department, then the CP has shot itself in the foot.
The fact that a Salemtown renaissance is being narrated by a journalist who not too long ago mischaracterized and overgeneralized all infill in the neighborhood as "run-down, outdated and/or ugly" is laughable. And Mr. Williams' ideation that the developments of Taurus McCain represent part of a cleansing surge is a total farce. Just keep in mind that the last time Taurus McCain and William Williams came together in the same City Paper article (written by reporter Bill Harless) it was a total debacle for our neighborhood under the headline "Developments cause trouble in Salemtown." After that circus, Taurus McCain told me that his investment team was considering never using the "Salemtown" name again in their developments.
That's how committed Mr. McCain is to our neighborhood. His community commitment extends only as far as his credit limit and his bank account will allow. If there weren't any money to be had in Salemtown, he wouldn't be here. And both the developer and the journalist seem to be concocting a fable about our neighborhood that serves their own purposes rather than the neighborhood itself.