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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.

Skyline Social

Skyline Social

The Nashville Civic Design Center will host the annual kick-off to PARK(ing) Day with a Skyline Social!  Come and claim your parking spot and, begin hatching plans to create the most creative and engaging parklets ever; plus ponder where you'd want to display your Golden Cone if you are selected as a 2017 winner!

Jane's Walk: New Development in SoBro

Jane's Walk: New Development in SoBro

Jane's Walk is a movement of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. The walks get people to tell stories about their communities, explore their cities, and connect with neighbors. This walk (about 3 miles) will look at neighborhoods South of Broadway and inside the 40 loop. Highlights include; community discussion on future connections to The Gulch, a look at NCDC's Pop-up Park known as the "Sound Box", and (optional) recap lunch at Banjo Sexto in honor of Cinco De Mayo! RSVP

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.

16 Ways to Design a Better Intersection—And Better Cities

16 Ways to Design a Better Intersection—And Better Cities

IF YOU THINK the only purpose of intersections is to move cars past each other, you solve problems like a plumber: with bigger pipes. But wide, barren streets full of traffic don’t make a livable city. One solution would be nothing. No lights, no curbs, no sidewalks—just colored pavers. It works. Accidents decline, traffic slows, and property values rise. “You’ll never do as good a job as two ­people using body language and eye contact,” says Sam Goater, a senior associate at the Project for Public Spaces. But don’t rip out the infrastructure just yet. Urban designers have a good set of tricks to turn a city intersection into something more like a plaza and less like a freeway interchange. Cars pass, people walk, bikers bike, and everyone’s lives flow more smoothly.

What is your favorite place in Nashville?

What is your favorite place in Nashville?

NCDC Working With Gehl Associates To Find Inspiration From the Best Places in Nashville

The Nashville Civic Design Center wants to know your favorite places in town. Please take a few minuets to complete the survey so we can strive to make more better public space in Nashville.

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

Mayor Barry's Transit Triathlon

Mayor Barry's Transit Triathlon

Mayor Hosts Multi-modal Adventure Through East Nashville

To help the city make the best possible plans around our future mobility, Mayor Megan Barry needs to hear from you and invites you to Nashville’s Transit Triathlon on Saturday, August 27 from 11am-1pm.

Movie Night: Human Scale

Movie Night: Human Scale

Half of the human population lives in urban areas. By 2050, this will increase to 80%. Life in a megacity is both enchanting and problematic. Today we face peak oil, climate change, loneliness and severe health issues due to our way of life. But why? The Danish architect and professor Jan Gehl has studied human behavior in cities through four decades. He has documented how modern cities repel human interaction, and argues that we can build cities in a way, which takes human needs for inclusion and intimacy into account. 'The Human Scale' meets thinkers, architects and urban planners across the globe. It questions our assumptions about modernity, exploring what happens when we put people into the centre of our planning. 

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