Better Cities for Pets

Better Cities for Pets

Nashville Civic Design Center is proud to be partnering with Mars Petcare in its Better Cities for Pets initiative.  The goal of Better Cities for Pets is to make Greater Nashville, and cities all over the U.S., become healthy, happy places for people and pets in four key areas of focus; shelters, homes, businesses and parks. Mars Petcare's commitment to; public health and the connections between people and pets in Shaping the Healthy Community and reclaiming public space are exciting and we look forward to contributing to pilot projects and testing new initiatives being developed in and around Nashville.

Mars Petcare is also partnering with The US Conference of Mayors, Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County, Mayor's Advisory Council on Animal Welfare, Downtown Franklin Association and many more.  The Better Cities for Pets program strives to bring awareness, innovative thinking and new initiatives to help make Greater Nashville a model for people & pet-friendly cities now and in the future.

Recent Projects

Placemaking: Challenges + Opportunities in Metro Nashville Preview

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 Preview

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. 

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