Nashvillians offer welcoming embrace to Muslims

Many Nashvillians were heartened to see the welcoming messages to Muslims at the Islamic Center of Nashville:

The sidewalk outside the Islamic Center in 12 South was covered in chalk messages like this.

The Islamic Center is located in 12 South, where people have been drawing and writing encouraging messages on the sidewalk.  “It really made my whole day. It really makes you understand and remember how good our community is down to it’s [sic] core,” Tamanna Qureshi, a member of the center’s board, told The Tennessean.

The words and drawings stretched down the sidewalk:

YES! This warms my heart. ❤️❤️❤️ #allarewelcome #lovetrumpshate

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Nashvillians turn out for a car-free 12th Ave S

On a warm Sunday afternoon, the citizens took over the street again, reclaiming it from the cars.  The police blocked off a 2.3-mile stretch of 12th Ave S — from 11th Ave S in the Gulch to Kirkwood Ave in 12 South — for Nashvillians to enjoy the street by foot, bicycle, skates, unicycle, pogo stick, and more on October 30.

Community organizations turned out to set up displays and games, such as this giant Jenga:

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In 12 South, folks ambled along the street, enjoying the sunshine:

And then there was this guy, who converted his bike into a TIE fighter:

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The parade started early in the afternoon at Halycon Bike Shop, and yes, they had pumpkin spice this-and-that:

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There was even dancing in the streets, ’cause, hey, no cars:

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The old state prison, from the air, from the inside

The Tennessee Department of Corrections (TDOC) put out a new video showing some infrequently-seen angles of the Tennessee State Prison.  Located just north of The Nations, this prison operated from 1898 (it was overcrowded from the very day that it opened) to 1992, when a settlement in federal court prohibited TDOC from ever using the facility as a prison again.  It was replaced by the nearby Riverbend Maximum Security Institution.

The video was made “due to the abundance of interest in this property,” TDOC wrote in the video’s description.  “This film was done … in partnership with Those Drones, LLC to share the beautiful architecture with the citizens of Tennessee.”  The video, which is about 17 minutes long, doesn’t get to the inside until about the 7-minute mark.

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You Otter See This

This river otter found a good spot to munch on breakfast today:

The Friends of Radnor Lake, who shared the photo, is an advocacy group supporting Radnor Lake, a state natural area covering 1,332 acres of southern Nashville.

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