Moving Tennessee Foward

A Public-Private Partnership to Encourage Good Urban Design with Transportation Improvements

The Nashville Area MPO has joined forces with the Nashville Civic Design Center to integrate good urban design guidelines with transportation policies and investment strategies. The first major publication of that partnership, Moving Tennessee Forward, was released in the Spring of 2012.

Moving Tennessee Forward: Models for Connecting Communities (2012)

Moving Tennessee Forward: Models for Connecting Communities is an idea book intended to help provide a better understanding of the importance of linking good urban design with transportation and land use policies. The book provides a reinterpretation of the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan through the lens of an urban designer and serves as an idea book for Nashville and other urban areas in Tennessee and the nation.

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Connecting People to Places

Connecting People to Places (PDF 9.1MB)

Improved downtown circulation, in conjunction with new and improved neighborhood connectors, will improve the effectiveness of the existing Nashville MTA bus service while also making regional service more attractive to those commuting into downtown from the suburbs and neighboring communities. An expanded downtown circulator will help increase overall system ridership, promote tourism and the downtown economy, connect urban neighborhoods, and help reduce auto dependency during travel periods. The latter will be critical in congestion management and air quality conformity.

Reclaiming Public Space

Reclaiming Public Space (PDF 2.97MB)

Like most cities, Nashville's streets and public right-of-way make up a significant portion of open space in the city. Far too often these spaces are under utilized, unfriendly to pedestrians and unsupportive of surrounding developments.

Developing with Transit

Developing with Transit (PDF 11.15MB)

Transit Oriented Development (TOD) has exploded over the past decade in many of America's fastest growing regions to have embraced mass transit as a key ingredient of economic success. The NCDC and MPO will explore the concept of TOD along strategic corridors, including the East and Northeast Corridors, to be used as a tool to promote the concept of TOD with communities, municipalities, and private-sector developers, and real estate professionals.

Anticipating Transit

Anticipating Transit (PDF 11.51MB)

A concept closely tied to the ideas of new urbanism is that developments should be designed to support transit through considerations such as density, mix of uses, walkability, and location in relation to transit services. This being said, one can come before the transit infrastructure is in place, transit ready development (TRD), and one can come after, transit oriented development (TOD). This report showcases student and professional work exploring concepts of TRD at the proposed 28th/31st Ave connector site, in Nashville, TN.

Healing the Pikes

Healing the Pikes (PDF 7.16MB)

This study uses Nolensville Pike as an initial case study, over time expanding to each of the heavily commercialized historic pikes. Future corridors could include Gallatin, Hillsboro, Murfreesboro, Dickerson and Charlotte Pikes. Work performed as part of this task will take into consideration other planning efforts along the corridors connecting downtown Nashville with the region including the MPO's various corridor studies (e.g., Northeast Corridor Mobility Study) and local and state planning initiatives.

Enhancing the Bridge

Enhancing the Bridge (PDF 11.34MB)

This program would explore the possibilities for various different design considerations (depending upon locations) for the standard TDOT bridge designs. These alternatives could be used in "signature" locations (highly visible gateways and entrances) in cities, towns and scenic destinations across Tennessee. Results of this task will be incorporated into the MPO's long-range transportation plan in a way that provides general guidance to state and local agencies on the design options that could be considered for bridge projects to ensure the ultimate selection of a context sensitive solution.

For More Information

Michael Skipper, AICP
Executive Director
Nashville Area MPO

Gary Gaston
Design Studio Director
Nashville Civic Design Center

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