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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?

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.

Pop-up Park at Five Points

Pop-up Park at Five Points

A look through the eyes of a tactical urbanist at pop-up parks in East Nashville during Tomato Arts Festival.

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

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.

International company to handle Broadway ped work

International company to handle Broadway ped work

The Metro Public Works Department has added an international company to contribute to an ongoing public realm study for Lower Broadway.

The department has a $350,000 contract with Nashville-based RPM Transportation Consultants, which resulted in Metro instituting a pilot program in late summer 2015. Through RPM, Copenhagen, Denmark-based Gehl is now subcontracting, according to Jenna Smith, Public Works spokeswoman.

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