I believe every city has its own unique and special places--hidden gems. Music City has many hidden gems. AppleJack has a very high sense of adventure! He loves exploring, finding new places. Several years ago while either reading the newspaper or listening to public radio he learned about Marathon Village.
There was a visionary young man named Barry Walker who had brought the run down Marathon Car Factory. When I say run down, neglected, dilapidated, let me also add Marathon Village was located in a very run down, marginal part of town. To put it mildly, you only went there in the daylight hours and you didn't plan on staying long.
Barry's vision was to return Marathon Village to its former productive glory and allow artisans and craftsmen studio space. AppleJack and I were working on a pie safe and needed to find someone who could design a pattern for the metal tins of the pie safe. There was an artisan living and working at Marathon Village and Barry introduced us.
Barry has never given up on his vision for Marathon Village. Each time we go to Marathon Village there are more and more improvements. Like many urban renewals it is now quite the trendy place. Many people in the music business use Marathon as locations to film their music videos or host parties.