The Plan of Nashville

The Plan of Nashville

The Plan of Nashville Initiative (PON) focuses on community-based comprehensive visioning that respects our cultural history, natural landscape and built legacy while proposing a bold new future for the design and development of Nashville. The implementation of this plan revolves around 10 guiding principles and intentional public engagement.

The PON Initiative is rooted in the 2005 publication of The Plan of Nashville: Avenues to a Great City. A two and half year project, The Plan of Nashville developed a community-based vision and series of design principles for metropolitan Nashville's urban core, the area within the inner interstate highway loop and the neighborhoods adjacent to it. The Plan of Nashville was the first effort in Nashville's history to consider the central city in its entirety, develop a community-based vision, and identify design principles.


The goal of the PON Initiative is threefold:

  1. Establish, based on the 10 Principles and with support of community participation, long-term visions and policies to guide current and future development in Nashville.

  2. Build upon The Plan of Nashville by establishing processes that allow for greater citizen involvement within local planning efforts.

  3. Increase public awareness and understanding of the physical environment through community participation and education.

During the visioning process of The Plan of Nashville, consensus emerged regarding ten principles to guide public policy, development practice, urban planning, and design. These Principles have become the cornerstone to the PON Initiative, and the foundational lens in which NCDC engages all its work.


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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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