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Within five years, 200,000 people are expected to move to Nashville, the home of country music and Tennessee’s capital. The city welcomes the business boom, but is also coping with gridlock, an overwhelmed entertainment district and steep rents. Cue emerging neighborhoods like the Nations, Madison and the Buchanan Arts District, which are taking the heat off lower Broadway, the stretch of downtown where the bachelorette parties flock. The city has a thriving L.G.B.T.Q. scene in East Nashville, although the state last week passed a law aimed at curbing public drag performances. Nashville today combines tradition and evolution, where you can visit old-school restaurants and slick cocktail temples, stroll ravishing gardens and trace the impact of Black music at a new interactive museum. Venture into the heart of Broadway, but also take a chance on newer, smaller performance spaces. They’re everywhere. This is Music City.
An earlier version of this article misstated the status of a free bus service called the Music City Circuit. The service is no longer operating.
An earlier version of this article misstated the amenities available at the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville. The hotel does not have a library or a spa.