Antioch Tennessee is located in Southern Davidson County and is one of the suburbs that make up the Nashville Metropolitan area. Antioch was established as a community in 1810, for area farmers. Antioch is located on a Mill Creek, which is a tributary of the Cumberland River and has had flooding issues over the years until Nashville expanded the sewer system. The city developed affordable housing in the area and Antioch became known as a blue-collar area of Nashville, because it offers low-price housing as well as starter homes. Antioch has attracted a large Southeast Asian and Hispanic population, and has become a diverse ethnic area within the boundaries of Nashville. One of the first enclosed malls, Hickory Hollow, was opened in Antioch in 1978 and it became an instant success thanks to Nashville area residents. Hickory Hollow Mall became the third shopping Mall in the Nashville area and it helped Antioch attract other major businesses from around the country.
Antioch is now the home for a wide variety of restaurants, businesses and local attractions. The Starwood Amphitheater just south of Antioch attracted hundreds of musical groups over the years, but was closed and demolished in 2007. The Nashville Zoo has become its main tourist attraction. The Zoo was designed so the animals can roam freely without being restricted by cages and bars and it is one of the most up-to-date Zoo?s in the U.S. Antioch is also the headquarters of the National Association of Free Will Baptists. Antioch plays an important role in Nashville Metropolitan Government policies.
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