"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

Recent Projects

A New East Bank Neighborhood in Nashville Preview

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.

Having made proposals to redevelop “Spaghetti Junction” in 2012, once again studio faculty member T. K. Davis provided his students with a street and block urban design plan, asking them to develop the program and design of blocks as urban architecture, providing public spatial definition and spatial activation as places. “Spaghetti Junction” is a comparable size multi-block area aligned with the Eastgate site, but on the immediate other side of the interstate.

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.

Placemaking: Challenges + Opportunities in Metro Nashville Preview

Placemaking: Challenges + Opportunities in Metro Nashville

The Project for Public Spaces, on their organization’s web site, asks “what if we built our communities around places?” They then go on to define Placemaking as “both an overarching idea and a hands-on approach for improving a neighborhood, city, or region, Placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community.  Strengthening the connection between people and the places they share, Placemaking refers to a collaborative process by which we can shape our public realm in order to maximize shared value.  More than just promoting better urban design, Placemaking facilitates creative patterns of use, paying particular attention to the physical, cultural, and social identities that define a place and support its ongoing evolution.”

Each team asked the questions “could the spaces proposed improve pedestrian, bicycle, and street connectivity?  Could they maintain and/or strengthen street and/or bike and pedestrian connections depending on the site?”  The intent was to promote walkable, bike-friendly environments and access to transit, with particular attention to providing connections between the proposed spaces and surrounding neighborhoods.

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