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Nashville Mayor Wants Quick Fixes for Transportation Woes

Nashville’s population is booming, and all that growth is putting a serious strain on Nashville’s formerly free-flowing streets. In an effort to make good on campaign promises to improve transportation, Mayor Megan Barry released an action agenda in late May outlining projects she wants to accomplish in her first term in office. Moving the Music City includes plans for improving bus frequency, building bike infrastructure, sidewalks and crosswalks, and implementing Vision Zero strategies. Read more... Read more

How Transit-Oriented Development Can Provide Affordable Housing in Nashville

​ Nashville is growing by 100 new residents each day, crowding highways and housing markets. Concerns over affordable housing and transportation are at an all-time high. Fortunately, both housing and transportation are central components of NashvilleNext, the city government’s future development plan. Plentiful housing and a modern, high-volume transit represent two of the plan’s seven intersecting elements for comprehensively reshaping the city. Read more... Read more

A Recipe for Award-Winning Online Community Engagement

​This webinar from MetroQuest and the American Planning Association will present proven best practices, research findings, practical tips and award-winning case studies to guide agencies towards the successful application of online community engagement for planning projects. Participants will walk away with an understanding about how to leverage digital citizen engagement to achieve unprecedented results using cost-effective tools. Special guests from the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority will be online to talk about the nMotion, one of the most innovative and successful... Read more

Memphis Bike Share Will Be Private, Nonprofit, and Community-Led

​When local companies, organizations, and community-members in Memphis found out that getting a publicly-driven bike share system would be a no-go, they didn’t give up. In fact, they decided to take matters into their own hands. The result of the collaboration is Explore Bike Share, which is setting up for its big launch later this year with 60 stations and 600 bikes. Read more... Read more

Nashville Is Ready to Embrace Transit

​Nashville seems poised to do something about its car dependence. Regional planners have put together a $6 billion transit expansion plan that calls for four light rail lines, three bus rapid transit routes, a commuter rail connection, and more. Meanwhile, a bill backed by the governor has been advancing in the statehouse to allow both a statewide gas tax increase and local transit referendums. It looks like a referendum in Nashville would fare well. Read more... Read more

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

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

Sherwood Forest Conservation Effort Protects Endangered Wildlife Habitat And Local Jobs in Tennessee

The Conservation Fund and The Land Trust for Tennessee, in partnership with the State of Tennessee, announced the protection of 4,061 acres of forestland in the South Cumberland region of Tennessee. With funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)—through both the U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Legacy Program and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund—more than eight miles of streams in the Crow Creek Valley and vital habitat for more than one-third of all... Read more

Four Cities Chosen for $40 Million Investment in Public Spaces

Can investment in parks, libraries and recreation centers help reverse the worrisome trend of economic and social segregation in cities? Four national foundations are betting big on that theory. Starting today The JPB Foundation, Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation are coming together to invest a total of $20 million in public spaces in four cities: Akron, Chicago, Detroit and Memphis. That money will be combined with $20 million in matched funding from local sources, resulting in... Read more
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