Nashville is finally embracing its finest natural resource, the Cumberland River, which runs through our city. I am excited about the Riverfront Plan which has emerged over the past year. This 20 year plan aims to create water access for our citizenry, which will enhance the quality of life for downtown residents, office users, and even for our tourists. Plans include river walks along the banks, new dockage, a fountain which will rise up from the river, visible as one walks down lower Broadway, overlooks and small boat access, and a replanting and greening of the asphalt jungle which surrounds the Titan’s stadium. One of the most ambitious and far reaching plans includes an “Island Scheme” and inland waterway.
It will be amazing to behold, and one can expect the redevelopment of the East bank of the river, with housing and mixed use opportunities in place of what is currently industrial wasteland.
There was a time when Nashville turned its back to the river, but the times they are a changing. I am on the Board of Greenways for Nashville, an organization which is creating connectivity from Nashville’s neighborhoods to all of the watersheds in and around Nashville. Over the past 8 years, over 30 miles of Greenways have been created. Many of you have probably walked or biked some of the trails, perhaps in Shelby Bottoms, or along Richland Creek. This organization has an ambitious goal to create 212 miles of Greenways, which will lift our city.
I am spearheading a membership initiative this year, with the aim of doubling our membership from 1,000 current base, to 2,000. With that in mind, our CityLiving Team is giving memberships to everyone who buys and sells with us this year. If you’d like to join, annual membership is $35, and we can sign you up. Let us know if you want to support the cause.