Steering Committee

Julia Landstreet
Former Executive Director, NCDC

Gary Gaston
Executive Director, NCDC; Author

Christine Kreyling

Sandy Bivens
Superintendent of Nature Centers, Metro Parks and Recreation (Retired)

Jennifer Carlat
Assistant Director, Community Planning Division, Metro Planning Department

Hal Clark
Associate Principal, Civil Site Design Group; NCDC Board of Directors

Laurel Creech
Chief Service Officer, Mayor's Office

Ed Cole
Executive Director, Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee

Chastity Hemmer-Mitchell
Senior Director, Government Relations, the American Heart Association; Policy Advocate, Tennessee Obesity Taskforce

Audra Ladd
Project Manager, Middle TN land use and open space, The Land Trust for Tennessee

Bert Mathews
Developer, President of the Mathews Company; President of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce

Leslie Meehan
Director of Healthy Communities, Metropolitan Planning Organization, Tennessee Obesity Taskforce    

Leslie Newman

Toks Omishakin
Chief of Environment and Planning, Tennessee Department of Transportation

Jeff Ockerman
Director, Division of Health Planning, TN Government

Bill Paul
Director of Public Health, Metro Nashville Health Department

Doug Perkins
Professor of Community and Environmental Psychology,
Community Research & Action program, Vanderbilt University

Leslie Speller Henderson
Professor of Agriculture & Human Science, TN State University

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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