Nashville, Tennessee is the seventh fastest growing city in the entire nation, and around one million transplants are expected to arrive over the next year alone.
Is the city prepared for this level of growth?
With a plentiful range of jobs, shopping, restaurants within easy reach, the appeal of Nashville is only growing by what seems like the hour.
The Nashville Ledger reports that mass transit will be essential to aiding with all the growth, and moving citizens about the area in a comfortable fashion:
“It’s startlingly surprising to people moving here that we don’t have mass transit (other than buses). They just assume we do,” Realtor Courtney says.
Mayor Karl Dean has called Nashville “about a decade behind” peer cities like Charlotte and Austin.
“People are willing to move here even though we don’t have transit because they see that we’re thinking about it and we’re trying, but if you can’t show them that and it’s not going to happen, you’re going to lose out on that in the future,” Gaston adds.
Still, he is optimistic that regional leadership will coalesce around the issue. He points to the collaboration that is already taking place around smart growth.
“Where we are right now is a result of 50 years of building to this point – suburbanization and driving to communities.
“It would be great to have lots of mass transit lines already in effect but the fact that we’ve gotten to where we are now, with the cooperation we’re experiencing in the region, the conversations we’re having are really good,” Gaston adds.
“The planning is taking place and the next 20 years are so critical, with these million people coming in. This is a pivotal moment where we can either continue to move in a really positive direction – or we fall off the map, and you can pinpoint that moment in time where we should have made those decisions but we didn’t.”
Only time can tell how well the city of Nashville will adapt to the many changes.
What’s your opinion on all the growth?
And if you aren’t from Nashville but are considering making the move, we’d love to know what’s caught your eye!