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MTA: Expand transit service, add funding

MTA: Expand transit service, add funding

Jamie McGee for The Tennessean

"...MTA concludes that Nashville offers a 'small city service' for an area no longer small and that the city needs to not only catch up with its population growth, but also plan for projected growth, now estimated at 1 million more people by 2035."

Urban Paddling Tour with Cumberland River Compact

Urban Paddling Tour with Cumberland River Compact

Join the Nashville Civic Design Center and Cumberland River Compact for an urban paddling tour of downtown Nashville. This 3 mile paddle will begin at the Shelby Park boat ramp and stops will focus around areas where there are plans for riverfront development. The tour will conclude at Riverfront Park and a free shuttle will be provided back to Shelby Park for those who rent kayaks. The trip will be both fun and informative!

RSVP here via Eventbrite & BYOB (bring your own boat-- paddle board, kayak or canoe) or rent one for $24.65.

Sign up to book your kayak ASAP as space is limited!

Questions? Contact Abby Wheeler at abby@civicdesigncenter.org or 615-248-4280

Check out our route here via Google Maps: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zpTpxZN5a_NI.kCAu9DfNCcsE&usp=sharing

PARK(ing) DAY 2015

PARK(ing) DAY 2015

PARK(ing) Day 2015 is Friday, September 18th!

Please contact ron@civicdesigncenter.org to reserve your spot.

Access and Livability: Neighborhood Infill Strategies, Developing Davidson County

Access and Livability: Neighborhood Infill Strategies, Developing Davidson County

Metro Nashville is projected to add 200,000 new residents and approximately 300,000 new jobs over the next 25 years. In order to accommodate this influx of growth, Metro must be responsive and proactive in how we design our city and county. While we expect a fair amount of re-development in the urban core as well as greenfield development in the region’s outer reaches, it’s the places in-between that have the most potential. Nashville Next, the general plan for Nashville’s future, calls for city’s pikes and the centers located at their crossroads, to be the areas that will accommodate new residents and workers as we grow. Therefore retrofitting these suburban areas and re- imagining them as mixed-use, vibrant places is imperative to the success of Nashville’s future. These suburban locales offer both a tremendous challenge and a great opportunity for redevelopment in the coming decades.

Reclaiming Public Space In Downtown Nashville

Reclaiming Public Space In Downtown Nashville

The United States is challenged with the highest obesity rates in the world, a sobering fact potentially attributed to an environment lacking effective public open space. We have seemingly shaped an environment where childhood obesity has quadrupled, and 42 percent of Americans are projected to be obese by 2030.

In response to the fact that one in four Nashvillians are obese, our city’s planning practices have shifted towards creating healthier built environments.

Cities Give Green Alleys New Life

Cities Give Green Alleys New Life

By Elizabeth Daigneau

Governing Magazine highlighting the success of green alley initiatives in The Nations neighborhood and Nashville's progress in sustainability since the flood in 2010. 

Nashville bike-friendly businesses named

Nashville bike-friendly businesses named

By Tony Gonzalez

The Nashville Civic Design Center, along with many other Nashville businesses, is named a bike-friendly business (bronze level honoree) by the League of American Bicyclists.

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