Nashville has experienced unprecedented growth over the past several years. With that growth comes challenges, many of which can be categorized as infrastructure issues. Cities have been dealing with these issues since ancient times. With the global population explosion and all its repercussions, we would be well served to address this issue as the new normal and not some unanticipated event. Amazon’s inclusion of Nashville to its recent short list of twenty for HQ2 has heightened the focus and raised the bar for crafting solutions. Please click the images to enlarge.
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The $5.2B Nashville Transit Plan has now moved into the broader public arena and is likely to become an increasing lightning rod for discussion and debate. If this search for positive alternatives achieves a higher standard of reach and inquiry, it can not only benefit Nashville but countless cities confronting the same challenges.
I reached out to Stan Curtis, a WHO colleague from Portland, OR, and asked if he and his cadre would weigh in. His key points included some pithy input.
Portland Lessons Learned is a good summary from Houston, Dallas, Louisville, and Rochester. Portland is thinking about widening freeways; other cities show that doesn’t work.
The Portland Plan is a good comparison with The Green Loop at its urban core. With the growth projected for Portland, the Green Loop can help us gracefully evolve into a world-class city — that attracts global attention and investments — while still preserving and accentuating the things that make Portland livable, unique and special. It’s a transformative investment in our low-carbon ethos and an iconic symbol of a city that values and supports all people: residents, workers, students, and visitors. The Green Loop is destined to become Portland’s version of New York’s High Line, Miami’s Underline, Chicago’s new 606 or the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.
SmartCities vendors were featured at Consumer Electronic Show recently where USDOT Secretary Choi, a keynote speaker, shared that more governments were incubating public/private “share” economy (consumer-driven markets and jobs)!
Regarding Nashville’s plan density-matters! (Atlanta v. Barcelona). Carol Coletta, a native of Memphis and friend of Richard Florida, knows Nashville. Be sure the Mayor’s plan is for people, not cars!
You are invited to come visit us in Portland on Jun 21st when URBANsystems will host a global workshop on SmartCities w/Hong Kong and our EU partners. Try out our last mile choices.
Stan Curtis is a co-founder of OPENcommons & URBANsystems. A family story is featured in an HBO documentary, This intimate and poignant film about the impact of Oregon’s 1994 Death With Dignity Act, won the Grand Jury Prize in the U. S. Documentary Competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
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