"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. In contrast to the over 100 previous plans created for Nashville, The Plan of Nashville looks at the entirety of Nashville, and was the first comprehensive plan for Nashville in nearly 50 years. Further, The Plan of Nashville established the 10 Principles, which continue to guide the work of NCDC.



Click below to view and 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

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 Axis in Urban Design" by Gary Gaston

"The Importance of Civic Space" by Keel Hunt

"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

Recent Projects

Alleyways of Nashville

Alleyways of Nashville

This publication shows some of the strategies that alley programs internationally have implemented in their work. Some have environmental benefits such as replacing asphalt with a more pervious material to collect water; while others have benefits for improving people's safety and perception of alleys such as providing lighting and visibility. Adopting even a few of these strategies could help transform alleys in Nashville which could becomes more active and prosperous. Most of these strategies require low maintenance, but it is important to take advantage of public space as a canvas for programming social activity. 

Fairgrounds Public Meetings Report

Fairgrounds Public Meetings Report

The Nashville Civic Design Center was asked by Mayor David Briley and the Fairgrounds Nashville Board of Directors, to facilitate a series of public meetings with the Fairgrounds Design Team, to get input in order to inform a more refined version of the Fairground Improvement Plan.

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