Moving Tennessee Forward

Moving Tennessee Forward

Recent national Trends indicate a significant shift in policies linking transportation and land use planning and urban design efforts.  The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created an interagency "Sustatinable Communities Initiative" in 2009 to better coordinate transportation and housing investments.  The following six principles were identified by the agencies: 

-Provide more transportation choices.

-Promote equitable, affordable housing.

-Enhance economic competitiveness.

-Support existing communities.

-Coordinate and leverage federal policies and investment.

-Value communities and neighborhoods.

 

This book focuses on the design elements used throughout Nashville and looks at potential new developments, infrastructure, and transportation options to implement in the future.

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Connecting The Dots

Connecting The Dots

In Nashville Civic Design Center's "The Nashville Plan: Shaping the Healthy Community" seven transects are identified that make up Davidson County. Each of these zones have their strengths and challenges as they strive to form a healthy, safe community. This publication of the Nashville Civic Design Center (NCDC) is aimed to make us rethink how public spaces in Davidson County can be reactivated across various scales. The report looks at five individual sites within their respective “transect zone." They are: Natural and Rural, Suburban, Center, Urban, and Downtown.

A New East Bank Neighborhood in Nashville

A New East Bank Neighborhood in Nashville

During the Spring 2016 Semester, The Greater Nashville Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) requested the fourth year undergraduate Nashville Urban Design Studio to explore a proposal for a “New East Bank Neighborhood in Nashville.” The site is on the Cumberland River, just across from Downtown Nashville’s skyline. At the present time, despite its proximate location, it is an industrial wasteland: what urban theorist Alan Berger terms a Drosscape. The site is inherently bounded and constrained by the CSX mainline railroad embankment to the north, the elevated embankment of the I-65 interstate highway to the east, the Woodland Street embankment and extensive football stadium parking lots to the south, and the Cumberland River to the west. Nonetheless, with downtown Nashville’s extraordinary building boom ongoing, with no end in sight, this 55-acre location would seem ripe for urban redevelopment.

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