Moving Tennessee Forward: Models for Connecting Communities
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Moving Tennessee Forward is a project of the Nashville Civic Design Center, in partnership with the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). This study was made possible by a grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration.
The complete collection of documents was released in April 2012 in a document titled, Moving Tennessee Forward.
Regions throughout the United States are making strides toward creating policies that link Urban Design, Transportation and Land Use Planning efforts. Moving Tennessee Forward: Models for Connecting Communities showcases over one hundred illustrations addressing innovations in transportation, development, infrastructure and public space.
To compliment the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO) 2035 Regional Transportation Plan, the Nashville Civic Design Center explored various scenarios that depict how the public and private sectors could begin to implement the MPO’s plan into the built environment This book is intended as a tool to help visually convey the ideas presented in the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan. It also depicts precedent studies from around the world, and how they can be applied to our future development patterns. Though we focused our efforts on the Middle TN region, these applications and visuals can easily be interpreted to many different regions across the United States. As growth continues, this toolbox can be used to help communicate visionary ideas that truly serve the goal of Moving Tennessee Forward.
Healing the Pikes
This study uses Nolensville Pike as an initial case study, over time expanding to each of the heavily commercialized historic pikes. Future corridors could include Gallatin, Hillsboro, Murfreesboro, Dickerson and Charlotte Pikes. Work performed as part of this task will take into consideration other planning efforts along the corridors connecting downtown Nashville with the region including the MPO's various corridor studies (e.g., Northeast Corridor Mobility Study) and local and state planning initiatives.
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Reclaiming Public Space
Like most cities, Nashville’s streets and public right-of-way make up a significant portion of open space in the city. Far too often these spaces are under utilized, unfriendly to pedestrians and unsupportive of surrounding developments.
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Connecting People to Places
Improved downtown circulation, in conjunction with new and improved neighborhood connectors, will improve the effectiveness of the existing Nashville MTA bus service while also making regional service more attractive to those commuting into downtown from the suburbs and neighboring communities. An expanded downtown circulator will help increase overall system ridership, promote tourism and the downtown economy, connect urban neighborhoods, and help reduce auto dependency during travel periods. The latter will be critical in congestion management and air quality conformity.
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Developing with Transit
Transit Oriented Development (TOD) has exploded over the past decade in many of America's fastest growing regions to have embraced mass transit as a key ingredient of economic success. The NCDC and MPO will explore the concept of TOD along strategic corridors, including the East and Northeast Corridors, to be used as a tool to promote the concept of TOD with communities, municipalities, and private-sector developers, and real estate professionals.
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Enhancing the Bridge
This program would explore the possibilities for various different design considerations (depending upon locations) for the standard TDOT bridge designs. These alternatives could be used in "signature" locations (highly visible gateways and entrances) in cities, towns and scenic destinations across Tennessee. Results of this task will be incorporated into the MPO's long-range transportation plan in a way that provides general guidance to state and local agencies on the design options that could be considered for bridge projects to ensure the ultimate selection of a context sensitive solution.
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A concept closely tied to the ideas of new urbanism is that developments should be designed to support transit through considerations such as density, mix of uses, walkability, and location in relation to transit services. This being said, one can come before the transit infrastructure is in place, transit ready development (TRD), and one can come after, transit oriented development (TOD). This report showcases student and professional work exploring concepts of TRD at the proposed 28th/31st Ave connector site, in Nashville, TN.
Download the document (PDF, 19 MB)