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CityThink: A Smarter Approach to Parking Mobility and Land Use

CityThink: A Smarter Approach to Parking Mobility and Land Use

City Thinks are a monthly lunch or breakfast program discussing current urban design practices. These programs are free to attend, open to the public and take place at NCDC. June's Topic features Senior Policy Analyst for Nashville Area MPO, Peter Westerholm, speaking about new approaches and strategies in connecting Parking, Mobility, Land Use while Enhancing Public Life.

Creating a Walkable Green Hills

Creating a Walkable Green Hills

Green Hills is a shopping destination center that was designed around the automobile. The construction of the Mall has spurred commercial development along Hillsboro Pike, in a suburban, strip-mall format with surface parking fronting the corridor. This type of development is not conducive to walking or biking, but instead increases road congestion and discourages a healthy lifestyle. This publication is a result of the work done in partnership with TURBO Nashville and the Alliance for Green Hills.

PARK(ing) Day 2016

PARK(ing) Day 2016

PARK(ing) Day is an internationally recognized event where parking spots in various cities and towns are transformed into temporary pocket parks and parklets for a day.

Contact Ron@civicdesigncenter.org if you are interested in creating a parklet on Friday, September 16

Building a Bikeable City for All

Building a Bikeable City for All

As bicycle advocacy evolves and municipalities invest more in making way for riders, bike equity must be more than a conversation.

Mayor Barry Releases Healthy Living Plan For City

Mayor Barry Releases Healthy Living Plan For City

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry announced a new healthy living program called "Shaping the Healthy Community: The Nashville Plan."

She introduced the plan at an even Wednesday night. She and officials with the Nashville Civic Design Center hope it will encourage people to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Nashville Civic Design Center Inks Guide to Making Cities Healthier

Nashville Civic Design Center Inks Guide to Making Cities Healthier

The Nashville Civic Design Center's guide to making communities healthier is freshly inked — and the center wants community leaders in, and around, Nashville to use it as a blueprint for thinking about public health in all aspects of development and planning.

Pedestrian Powered Street Lamps

Pedestrian Powered Street Lamps

How Nashville Can Benefit From Its Walkers

To become a more environmentally sustainable community Nashville must continue to adopt new practices and technologies. A good places to start is creating an on demand street lighting system that is powered by the very people who use the street at night. A technology developed by EnGoPlanet allows a pedestrian to power the lighting of a street lamp by simply walking under it.  

2nd - 4th Ave Underpass Skatepark

2nd - 4th Ave Underpass Skatepark

Around the globe – and especially in the US where our national highway system has penetrated nearly every major city – local governments, state departments of transportation, and even private organiza-tions are experimenting with transforming the quality of space found beneath and near interstate over-passes. Areas typically designed for cars are receiving face-lifts, and occasionally, new programmatic uses. Enhancements to these types of bridges and overpasses range from minor treatments to intense renovation and reconstruction like the proposed skatepark. 

Great Feed Back from Nolensville Pike Community at Creative Labs

Great Feed Back from Nolensville Pike Community at Creative Labs

The NCDC helped facilitate four Creative Lab sessions over the past few weeks that took input from different communities along Nolensville Pike. The input was giving through instructive planning sessions where participants were asked to think about the pike and show what they would like to see on maps using play-dough and pipe cleaners.

NCDC's UDF Featured in Megan Barry's Newsletter

NCDC's UDF Featured in Megan Barry's Newsletter

"Last week, I shared with my vision for designing and building in our city with the Nashville Civic Design Center. My two main goals are making it easier to afford to live here, and easier to get around. These goals are connected: when we build new housing, we need to make sure its near transit, and when we implement transit solutions, we need to recognize the needs of people who don't have time to waste." -Mayor Barry

Reclaiming Public Space: Accessing our Streets

Reclaiming Public Space: Accessing our Streets

The goal of evaluating public access to roads in Nashville is to create an awareness of various road restrictions caused by situations such as construction and special events and how such occurrences affect the public. The proposals presented are intended to inform, improve, and reclaim various spaces to improve the convenience and safety of walking, cycling, and using public transit in a shared road space.

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