"Whatever our place, it has been visited by the stranger, it will never be new again. It is only the vision that can be new; but that is enough."

Eurdora Welty,
"Place in Fiction"

The Plan of Nashville is a community-based vision of how the urban core of Nashville should look and work in the twenty-first century. The purpose is to help the central city hold its place in civic life. Since Nashville assumed a metropolitan form of government--merging the city and county--there have been more than a hundred plans that dealt with some aspect of the center city. This plan is different.

The Plan of Nashville, written and edited by Christine Kreyling, is available through Amazon. Click here to purchase a copy.

Table of Contents

Click below to download sections of the Plan of Nashville.

Foreword by Mayor Bill Purcell

Preface by David Minnigan


Nashville Past and Present

"A Nashville for Everyone" by Bill Barnes

"For Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, We Must Have Cities" by C.W. Westfall

Avenues to a Great City: The Ten Principle

The Plan of Nashville

Nashville and Its Region: Making Connections

Embracing the Cumberland River

Getting Around

"Reforming the Arterials: Streets that Move Cars and Create Great Places"
by Rick Bernhardt 

"Uncommon Sense" by Christine Kreyling

"But...But...But... Where Will the Traffic Go?" by Walter Kulash

"Tear it Down!" by John O. Norquist

"Spaghetti Junction" by David Koellein

Nashville and Its Downtown: Creating Civic Space

The Capital City

"The Axis in Urban Design" by Gary Gaston

"The Importance of Civic Space" by Keel Hunt

Downtown as Neighborhood

"You Can't Get There From Here" by Christine Kreyling

"The Nashville Convention Center: Where to Put a New One and What to Do with the Old One"

"Putting the Public in Public Art" by Jack Mackie and Jerry Allen

Nashville and Its Neighborhoods: Fanning the Flames of Place

The River District

Northeast Nashville

East Nashville

"Phoenix Rising" by Ann Roberts


"Back to School" by Christine Kreyling

The Gulch


"Building the Affordable Neighborhood, One Step at a Time" by Steve Neighbors

Ideas into Reality

Citizen Planners: Documenting the Process

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