Concluding the three-part series, this article explores key considerations and next steps necessary to elevate Church Street Park and Anne Dallas Dudley Boulevard into a public space worthy of Nashville. By highlighting case studies and unveiling new designs, NCDC outlines why public spaces are a hallmark of thriving, healthy, and welcoming cities.
In continuation of its three-part series, NCDC visions alternatives for Church Street Park. Through thoughtful consideration, Church Street Park and Anne Dallas Dudley Boulevard can become one of Nashville’s defining civic spaces – one that enhances the city around it, reflects our exceptional identity, and welcomes all into the process of navigating our future together.
This article is the first in a three-part series released every Wednesday from Dec 5th - Dec 19th 2018. Throughout its history the Nashville Civic Design Center has worked extensively to improve the quality of our city’s public spaces – resulting in safer, healthier and better designed communities. This work has affirmed NCDC’s belief that a well designed, and programmed, Church Street Park is not only a valuable civic asset, but a viable alternative to the Park’s current form.
Gary Gaston, CEO of Civic Design Center, on making pets part of urban planning as an investment in health and well-being for everyone.
NCDC and the Hospital Corporations of America (HCA) teamed up to build a temporary pedestrian connection between the HCA office and Centennial Park.
PARK(ing) Day has brought significant changes to Broadway since the Nashville Civic Design Center (NCDC) first hosted it in Nashville seven years ago. Before the one-day movement came to Lower Broadway, parallel parking spanned the entire length of the street. PARK(ing) Day helped business owners and city officials realize the need for more public space on Broadway, particularly as the concentration of pedestrians has grown over the years. In fact, there has been so much pedestrian growth that Broadway is often as congested as some of the world's most populated areas such as Nanjing Road, Shanghai and 5th Ave, New York City!
The Nashville Civic Design Center has been fortunate to host over 100 fellows and interns during its nearly 18 years. This spring we had nine current or former fellows/interns graduate from universities across the country, gaining both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Each spent significant time with us and contributed significantly to our work and mission. Our sincere gratitude, appreciation, and respect for all you have accomplished! Congratulations and best wishes for the future!
Tennessean opinion piece by Kem Hinton on a missed opportunity to implement public space in downtown, proposed by NCDC 13 years ago. Our proposed public plaza would have faced the Ryman and emphasized its historic presence in Nashville. (photo credit Tennessean)