Research

Research

Our Shaping Healthy Communities initiative incorporates rigorous analysis of how different features of our built environment in Nashville and Tennessee impact the health of those living, working, and visiting the local community. Our research has narrowed these features into six primary factors:

1.  Transportation
2.  Open Space & Parks
3.  Housing
4.  Food Resources
5.  Walkability & Pedestrian Safety
6.  Neighborhood Design & Development

To learn more on the impact of the built environment on public health, view and download this helpful packet from the American Planning Association.

Some of the neighborhood studies used to classify different areas, and create the case studies throughout the Shaping the Healthy Community: The Nashville Plan include:

Overview of the Neighborhood Studies

Rolling Mill Hill & The Rutledge Hill Neighborhood Findings And Recommendations

Edgehill Neighborhood

Lafayette Neighborhood

Wedgewood Houston Neighborhood

 

Recent Projects

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.

AARP Action Report: Community Challenge Grant

AARP Action Report: Community Challenge Grant

This publication is a summary of the results and findings of the Grant awarded to NCDC from AARP. This project used tactical urbanist methods to influence neighborhood change.

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.

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