Nashville of today result of years of strong leadership


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead

It seems you can’t drive more than a few miles in any direction in Nashville without passing a construction site. Our built environment is changing before our eyes — and for the better:

1. A dingy industrial sector of downtown — literally on the wrong side of the tracks — is today one of Nashville’s hottest mixed commercial use districts, drawing praise from the New York Times, Bon Appetit and many other national publications.

2. A tire store has been replaced by a gleaming new 23-story condominium building with awe-inspiring views of downtown and a lush rooftop park.

3. Several tired, car-centric strip centers have been replaced by pedestrian-friendly retail villages.

4. Another largely abandoned strip center has been converted into a mixed-use development with attractive apartments and three restaurants — one of which was recently named Nashville’s “Best New Restaurant” in a readers’ choice contest.

5. A new baseball field is rising on state-owned land that had been little more than a blight on the view from Capitol Hill.

6. Three primary corridors radiating from downtown have transformed from undesirable venues to the “next big thing” — or are already white hot.

(Can you guess what these properties are? The answers are at the end of this column.)


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Source:  Wood Caldwell / Tennessean