No group of people on earth has ever so effectively combined hand-wringing and boosterism the way Nashvillians who feel Nashville has somehow been slighted do, ever worried about doing whatever it is that will keep the city on the arbitrary standard of it-ness crafted by judges who live in places that have no need to reinvent themselves to be considered world-class.

J.R. Lind, Weekly Obsession: As our ‘It City’ reign closes, what will we do with our It-ness? | Nashville City Paper