NCDC hosts a monthly event called "CityThink", where professionals throughout Nashville Davidson County come and present about various topics presented in Shaping the Healthy Community: The Nashville Plan. These events will bring awareness to how public health is impacted by the design of a community, and will inform citizens how to make their community a healthier place.  

The design center is also participating in studies in various counties throughout Tennessee to understand how the principles in the publication can be applied in places other than Nashville. This research will focus on using the healthy community checklist provided at the end of the book. This checklist can be used to evaluate communities as a whole, as well as individual buildings in any community.

NCDC's projects and events will inform the community and developers:

-  How to create community and neighborhood plans that promote public health through the design of buildings and communities as a whole.

- Strategies identified in the publication to all stakeholders to help give the community an understanding of how urban design and their day-to-day routine can affect their health.

- Introduce an Urban Design Challenge in locations throughout Nashville and designs are entered into the competition to better the public health by integrating public art and urban design.


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Neighborhood Assessment Toolkit

Neighborhood Assessment Toolkit

A continuation of both The Plan of Nashville and Shaping the Healthy Community: The Nashville Plan, the Neighborhood Assessment Toolkit is an assessment and development scoring tool intended for local and community associations when engaging new development. The Toolkit is comprised of neighborhood and parcel assessment resources, along with a development scorecard based on the 10 Principles of the Plan of Nashville.

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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