This is a place that doesn’t exist. It could, and perhaps it was supposed to, but it doesn’t yet – exist. This is in Old Hickory – a suburb of Nashville, TN.
I first noticed it while on a walk. At the intersection of Jones and 9th, the road stops and there is nothing. Not a house, not a permanent structure. There’s a large fence, and you can see a garage top. It is a gap. It is not an empty lot. Looking to the North-West.
Here’s the end of the road seen from here, turning to your right if you were facing North. Looking East.
So I looked online. It is amazing what patterns appear when you look at things from a different perspective.
Here’s Google maps – Street
Notice that there isn’t a single house between the “ends” of 9th. There are garages. The road could be continued. Here’s a closer view –
Notice that there is space behind the houses. There are fences, but there is space between the fences, going vertically. The yards don’t butt up next to each other. This creates an alleyway of sorts. This is true on all three vertical neighborhood blocks that you can see in the Earth picture. You can notice it somewhat on the Street picture, but it isn’t as pronounced.
Here is the end of the alleyway from 10th. Looking North.
And here it is from 8th. Looking South.
And here is the other side of the gap from Cleves, looking East.
I wonder if neighborhood children see this empty space and take advantage of it to cut through behind the houses without being seen. I also wonder if I’d get in trouble exploring here. Probably. So I explore virtually.