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Better Cities for Pets: Adoption Kickoff!

Better Cities for Pets: Adoption Kickoff!

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, Mars Petcare, Nashville Downtown Partnership, Market Street and other partners are joining together to bring more pet-friendly amenities to our city and make it easier than ever for families to welcome a pet into their homes.

Find out more! Join us for a kickoff event on Thursday, August 24, at 9:30 am at Bridgestone Plaza.

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. 

Eventbrite - Urban Paddling Tour with NCDC and The Cumberland River Compact

PARK(ing) Day 101: Final Orientation + Info Session

PARK(ing) Day 101: Final Orientation + Info Session

Join us for our final meeting to talk about your parklet installations for PARK(ing) Day. We will have a short presentation about the schedule for the day and other details, and will also be there to answer any questions you have about you design.

Eventbrite - PARK(ing) Day 101: Final Orientation + Info Session

Golden Cone Awards 2017

Golden Cone Awards 2017

This event is to celebrate PARK(ing) Day and to congratulate the best parklets from the 2017 PARK(ing) Day.  This years awards will also feature a presentation by Nate Hommel, the Director for Planning and Design of University City District in Philadelphia, PA. 

Eventbrite - 2017 Golden Cone Awards

Traffic Calming with TURBO

Traffic Calming with TURBO

The 10th Ave S & Lawrence Ave traffic circle project is the second traffic circle that TURBO Nashville has constructed in the 12 South Neighborhood. The first was at the intersection of 15th Ave & Elmwood Ave. These projects came from the Belmont-Hillsboro Neighborhood Association almost 3 years ago. 

The Nashville SoundBox with KaBOOM!

The Nashville SoundBox with KaBOOM!

The Nashville Soundbox repurposes a 20-foot shipping container and outfits the outside with whisper dish, large chimes, talking tubes and a cyclophone that will be traveling to multiple locations in Davidson County.

Road Diets

Road Diets

Ever wonder how a road diet affects you? Check out this video to learn why road diets are happening accross nation!

Neighborhood Assessment Toolkit

Neighborhood Assessment Toolkit

A continuation of both The Plan of Nashville and Shaping the Healthy Community: The Nashville Plan, the Neighborhood Assessment Toolkit is an assessment and development scoring tool intended for local and community associations when engaging new development. The Toolkit is comprised of neighborhood and parcel assessment resources, along with a development scorecard based on the 10 Principles of the Plan of Nashville.

Placemaking: Challenges + Opportunities in Metro Nashville

Placemaking: Challenges + Opportunities in Metro Nashville

The Project for Public Spaces, on their organization’s web site, asks “what if we built our communities around places?” They then go on to define Placemaking as “both an overarching idea and a hands-on approach for improving a neighborhood, city, or region, Placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community.  Strengthening the connection between people and the places they share, Placemaking refers to a collaborative process by which we can shape our public realm in order to maximize shared value.  More than just promoting better urban design, Placemaking facilitates creative patterns of use, paying particular attention to the physical, cultural, and social identities that define a place and support its ongoing evolution.”

Each team asked the questions “could the spaces proposed improve pedestrian, bicycle, and street connectivity?  Could they maintain and/or strengthen street and/or bike and pedestrian connections depending on the site?”  The intent was to promote walkable, bike-friendly environments and access to transit, with particular attention to providing connections between the proposed spaces and surrounding neighborhoods.

Access and Livability: Transit-Oriented Development, The Franklin Corridor

Access and Livability: Transit-Oriented Development, The Franklin Corridor

As Nashville’s economy and population booms, creating new opportunities for transit will help keep our communities healthy and prosperous. Currently, Nashville is a car-centric city leaving most of its people with the automobile as the only option for transportation. As driving costs, obesity rates, and the median age of the population continue to increase, providing transportation options becomes a priority to ensure public health and continued mobility. 

Nashville considers new sidewalk requirements for developers

Nashville considers new sidewalk requirements for developers

Sidewalks will take center stage at the Metro Council in the coming months as multiple bills seek to apply pressure to developers in Nashville to ensure that more are built and existing ones aren’t blocked during construction.

Thomas Woltz: Wild By Design

Thomas Woltz: Wild By Design

Get excited for our upcoming October Urban Design Forum with Thomas Woltz and have a look at this article by Garden and Gun. 

Unlike many landscape architects, Thomas Woltz isn’t interested in imposing his will on nature. He’d rather let nature set the terms. In the process he’s turning heads and proving that ecology can be beautiful

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