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.
This project was undertaken as an outstanding teaching and learning opportunity, and as an advocacy for Charlotte Avenue's ambitious future design and development as a "healthy corridor" with a greenway and public transit, complemented by new urban architecture. The study presents a 20-year vision for high density, mixed-use, transit-oriented development (TOD) that incorporates principles and best practices for a comprehensive health and wellness corridor.
A snapshot of the downtown transect chapter from Shaping The Healthy Community: The Nashville Plan
A snapshot of the centers transect chapter from Shaping The Healthy Community: The Nashville Plan
A snapshot of the suburban transect chapter from Shaping The Healthy Community: The Nashville Plan
A snapshot of the rural transect chapter from Shaping The Healthy Community: The Nashville Plan
Lebanon, located east of Nashville, is the final stop on Nashville’s Music City Star commuter rail line. Although TOD developments can be envisioned at each of the six Music City Star stops, Lebanon’s historic public square and location made it a prime candidate to be the first. One of the interesting characteristics of the Lebanon site is that the half- mile radius encompasses its historic town square, which is the intersection of two state highways at a courthouse town square. A large mill complex, which is being redeveloped as a conference center, and a greenway system links the square and the mill to the transit stop, and ultimately to a popular town park.