Young Urbanists

Nashville is a great city on the rise -- full of young, talented, creative minds advocating for great urban spaces, places and activities that engage the community. We can easily envision the potential for Nashville's urban core, believing that growth must be accompanied by conscious effort and innovative design. We have seen the successes from other cities around our nation, and even our own state, of how transitioning our focus to creating pedestrian-friendly places improves our quality of life.

A Young Urbanist may:

- Like biking as a commuting option and see a need for improvement among our busy car-centric corridors

- Want the ability to walk to destinations safely and efficiently

- Want the ability to grow food, without the hassle of owning a suburban style lot

- Have an interest in advocating for more public spaces, activating existing ones, or making real efforts to effect change in public policy + land development

- Want the ability to be an Urban dweller, but with a "beer budget"

These are the types of conversations we feel a Young Urbanist group can be more involved with can begin turning talk into action. We, the young urbanists, are tired of hearing about the possibilities. We are ready to create and implement them! The YU group is geared towards young people (artists, designers, students, architects, landscape architects, planners, real estate agents, contractors, developers, engineers, concerned citizens, etc) that have a passion and curiosity about Urban Design and Civic Spaces.

Get connected with your city through TURBO or our PechaKucha presentation series!

TURBO: Tactical URBanism Organizers. This group uses tactual urbanism methods, which are small and often temporary changes to the built environment that will ideally turn into permanent change across the city. Tactical urbanism is mostly started by regular citizens and goes strait to action in order to avoid slow and inhibiting bureaucracy.

PechaKucha Nights: PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of "chit chat", it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It's a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.

Upcoming Events

Jane's Walk: New Development in SoBro

Jane's Walk: New Development in SoBro


Walk Route

1. Meet at Downton Hilton Coffee Shop

2. Music City Center - Discuss Public Space

4. KVB Round-a-bout - New connections (Gulch Pedestrian Bridge)

6. 3rd Man Records - Record store/ venue

7. Future Division/ Ash connector - Discuss Impact on SoBro

8. Underpass - What could be here?

9. NCDC "Sound Box" - Play on the way pop-up park

10. Rolling Mill Hill Greenway - walk the greenway

11. Ascend Amphitheater - Discuss River Front Park West

12. KVB - Formation of the Design Center

13. Omni - Hatch Show Print

14. Margaritas @ Banjo Sexto - Cinco de Mayo

How to find us

Meet in the Downtown Hilton Coffee Shop

Route May Contain curbs and steps and busy sidewalks

About the Walk Team

Eric Hoke - Walk Leader

Nashville Civic Design Coordinator


Jane-Coleman Harbison - Walk Organizer

Historic Preservation Specialist and Certified Local Government Coordinator at the Tennessee Historical Commission

Past Events

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