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.