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Webinar: How to Retain Maker and Manufacturing Industries with Creative Zoning Tools

Makers at Club Cyberia, a makerspace in Indianapolis (Credit: @ClubCyberiaIndy / Twitter)
As manufacturing space is threatened by residential, commercial, and retail uses, cities are starting to think creatively about where small-batch production can happen in a city. Learn about new or proposed zoning initiatives in Somerville, Nashville, and Indianapolis that are helping makers and manufacturers protect real estate space they currently occupy or can move to in the future. Register now... Read more

Nashville Affordable Housing Advocates Score Two Victories

Downtown Nashville (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Nashville’s Metro Council approved two proposals aimed at creating more affordable housing in Davidson County. The first piece of legislation is a new three-year pilot program for residential developers to compete for $2 million in grants to build affordably housing. The second bill centers around inclusionary zoning, and requires apartment developers in Nashville who are building five or more units to include a percentage of new affordable or workforce housing units when requesting zoning variances for density or height. Read... Read more

Amazing Place: Six Cities Using the New Recipe for Economic Development

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​This Smart Growth America report looks at how six cities are using smart growth and placemaking strategies to gain a competitive edge. Case study examples – Boise, ID; Denver, CO; Greenville, SC; Minneapolis, MN; Nashville, TN; and Pittsburgh, PA – represent a diversity of geographies, locations, population sizes, industries, and development challenges, but all of these cities are using smart growth development to attract new companies and residents. Read report Watch the recording of the webinar to learn more and get... Read more

Webinar: A Recipe for Award-Winning Online Community Engagement, May 10 or 11

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​This highly visual 45-minute webinar will present proven best practices, practical tips and award-winning case studies to guide agencies towards successful application of online community engagement for planning projects. Participants will walk away with an understanding about how to leverage digital engagement to achieve unprecedented results using cost effective tools. NashvilleNext will talk about the innovative ways they combined online and face to face engagement to involve over 5,000 community members in the creation of a comprehensive plan for Nashville,... Read more

Micro-Apartments Could Be Key to Affordable, Healthy Downtown Nashville

Rendering of a micro-housing design concept in Nashville (Credit: Gerry Hogsed and Jamie Schlenker, University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design)
​For a growing sector of Nashville’s population, downtown is a desirable place to live — if one can afford it. Young professionals often seek to live downtown, but find conventionally sized condominiums or apartments unaffordable due to core land costs. Micro-unit housing addresses that equation. Read more... Read more

The Secret to Nashville’s Music Economy

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​Daniel B. Cornfield’s new book, Beyond the Beat: Musicians Building Community in Nashville, provides important new insight into Nashville’s music scene and broader clues to the city and region’s economic success. Richard Florida interviewed Cornfield to dissect the rise of this activist, inclusive, place-based artistic community. Read more... Read more

Local Restaurants Support Tennessee Farmland Conservation

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​ A group of 39 community-minded Nashville and 18 Chattanooga restaurants will raise awareness and donate a percentage of the day’s sales on Sept. 16, to the Land Trust for Tennessee in support of its work protecting local farms and natural landscapes. With increased attention from the food community, the Land Trust for Tennessee is dedicated to helping keep the “farm” in “farm-to-table” cuisine. Having protected nearly 100,000 acres of green space in Tennessee, from public parks to viewsheds on... Read more

Nashville’s Famous Music Row Studios Threatened by Wrecking Balls

A crane can be seen in the background, behind the legendary RCA Studio B where all the big names in country music recorded. The building is open to tourists who have bought a ticket to the Country Music Hall of Fame. (Meagan Fitzpatrick/CBC)
Music Row put Nashville, TN, on the map and earned it the title of “Music City.” But walk around Music Row now and it is the sounds of jackhammers, cranes and bulldozers that are heard everywhere you turn. New neighbors are moving in — a luxury hotel, office buildings and condominiums — and they are quickly changing an area that people in the music industry consider sacred. The fight to save Music Row inspired a sense of community that had... Read more

When It Comes to Transit, Nashville Is Salt Lake City in the 1990s

A comparison of transit planning efforts and successes in Nashville and Salt Lake City shows that neither one is a transit legacy city, but with rapidly growing populations, demographics trending younger and ed/tech-oriented workforces, both want efficient public transportation. The difference: Salt Lake City is miles of track ahead. Nashville officials have spent the last half decade struggling unsuccessfully to install a BRT line light rail, which isn’t yet in the works, could be years away. Read more... Read more
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