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Re: “As high-dollar houses crowd onto tiny lots, teardown fever is sickening neighborhoods across Nashville

I think the nature of the houses being torn down is being a little misrepresented in this article. As a resident of one of these neighborhoods I can tell you that historic, well built and architecturally significant houses are not being razed. There are exceptions, obviously, but the vast majority of the houses being torn down are 1950s-1970s houses that were built cheaply and were the epitome of mass produced. The turn of the century houses that aren't already well maintained are being renovated and restored. Historic houses are worth far more than the land they sit on, even if they are in poor shape. Furthermore, well maintained houses from the 50s-70s aren't being torn down because they too are worth too much to tear down. The vast majority of tear downs are happening to houses that have no one living in them, are small and architecturally insignificant, and in poor shape. In my opinion, the new houses are a significant step up from the ones that were there previously.

As far as the 2 for 1 developments, I understand the concern. However, this is the way of the future. Nashville developed with far too low density. That lack of density has led to much of our traffic woes. The Nashville metro area is adding 25-30,000 people per year, and they have to live somewhere. Nashville is far better off if they live in the city as opposed o Spring Hill or Mt Juliet. And with the increased urban population comes additional amenities for those neighborhoods.

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Posted by Hey_Hey on 12/22/2013 at 2:40 AM

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