Josh Goodman is a former staff writer for GOVERNING..E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Nashville and Davidson County metro government has a lot going for it -- improving schools, affordable housing and an attractive business location -- but one big problem: a plethora of roads named Polk.
Knowing this, I came armed with information yesterday (I'm in Music City for the National Conference of State Legislatures' annual meeting). I was looking for Metro City Hall, which is in the old Ben West Library, at 225 Polk Avenue, which is the Polk Avenue that's downtown, at the corner of Union and Polk.
Nonetheless, my cabbie was skeptical. "Polk Ave. isn't downtown," he said. "This one is," I replied.
He remained confused and agitated. "There are so many Polk streets," he said. "Why is that?"
To find the one I was talking about, he looked at his map while driving. I'm writing this, so I must have survived. I respect the 11th president of the United States as much as the next person, but Nashville could stand to show Millard Fillmore and Chester Arthur some love.
Written and compiled by staff writers and editors, GOVERNING View is an on-the-ground, and sometimes behind-the-scenes, look at the topics we're covering in print and online. From notes on what's up in statehouses, county courthouses and city halls, to encounters with people, places and things, GOVERNING View is a window into the side of state and local government you don't always see.