Nashville: The Resilient City

Nashville has become one of the United States’ most dynamic economies, driving growth back into its core neighborhoods. In 2010, the city also showcased its resilience by bouncing back from a severe flood that impacted many parts of the downtown. The city’s growth and post-flood rebuilding gave the City an opportunity to craft a downtown plan with a multi-disciplinary team (1) led by Urban Design Associates. The outcome is envisioned to be a better version of what the city is today: more vibrant, connected, green, dense, attractive, fun, quirky, pedestrian-friendly, and mixed-use. It will be a place that is welcoming to both citizens and visitors. It will be authentically Nashville.

The Music City Center (designed by TVS) and Omni Convention Hotel were nearing completion during the planning process. The plan better connected the emerging downtown neighborhoods of The Gulch and Rolling Mill Hill, Music City Center, the downtown business core, and the Cumberland River. Within this framework were several key initiatives, many of which are already underway. The West Riverfront is being transformed to include a Live! Amphitheater and expanded riverfront park. Both are set to open in the summer of 2015. A floodwall is being implemented that will mitigate future flooding and a pedestrian bridge is being built to better connect The Gulch to downtown. These city-led efforts have sparked several private hospitality, commercial, and residential projects and amplified the investment already underway in adjacent neighborhoods.

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 (1) The design team included: Hawkins Partners, Smith Gee Studio, The Eisen Group, Civil Site Design Group, Parsons Brinkerhoff, TVS Design, and Varallo Public Relations