Metro Nashville is projected to add 200,000 new residents and approximately 300,000 new jobs over the next 25 years. In order to accommodate this influx of growth, Metro must be responsive and proactive in how we design our city and county. While we expect a fair amount of re-development in the urban core as well as greenfield development in the region’s outer reaches, it’s the places in-between that have the most potential. Nashville Next, the general plan for Nashville’s future, calls for city’s pikes and the centers located at their crossroads, to be the areas that will accommodate new residents and workers as we grow. Therefore retrofitting these suburban areas and re- imagining them as mixed-use, vibrant places is imperative to the success of Nashville’s future. These suburban locales offer both a tremendous challenge and a great opportunity for redevelopment in the coming decades.
In 2013 the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors and the Metro Nashville Planning Department, partnered with Georgia Tech University and the University of Tennessee to develop conceptual case studies for redevelopment across twelve underperforming suburban sites within Davidson County. With the creative work of Professor Ellen Dunham’s Jones (Spring 2014) Graduate Urban Design Studio at Georgia Tech, and of Professor T.K. Davis ‘s (Spring 2014) Undergraduate Architecture Studio at Tennessee, the following projects reinvent what suburban Nashville can become.