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

Being a Sylvan Park resident for 7 years I have witnessed the change and I can say that most of the houses being torn down are really not fixer-uppers. They are out dated designs that are not particularly attractive, not built for a modern lifestyle and are going to require hundreds of thousands to fix up. I don't particularly like the 2-1s but apparently lots of folks do and I'd welcome them as neighbors the same as someone who fixed up an old place. My house (even after it's renovation) is still old, creaky, slightly rotten, without a square wall in the place. It just looks a lot nicer. I like it, but it is going to cost a small fortune and/or a lot of time to keep up, on top of all the time and money I have already put into it. Younger folks just don't want to mess with all that.

The United States is one of the fastest growing industrialized nations in the world and Nashville is one of its hot cities. People under 20 years of age account for 27% of the U.S. population. I have no love for developers, however, young people and immigrants want to live in the city, and Nashville is ill equipped to handle the influx of people that IS coming. Young folks also increasingly don't want to be slaves to the automobile which I totally understand. Cars are an expensive, stressful, pain in the rear. More and more people desire walkable, bikeable communities. Thus higher density urban design with effective public transportation (like the AMP) is necessary to make the city attractive to the young creative class which are the future of the city. The FUTURE, not the past is what matters. The world is changing, humanity itself is changing and if Nashville wants to be a relevant part of that future then it needs to adapt and change with the times. The nature of things is decay, us included. We like to think that we are, at this moment, the pinnacle of the way things should be but alas we are not. Things will change. As long as we focus on the future and on smart development, Nashville will continue to be a great place to live.

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Posted by Jason Wiles on 12/23/2013 at 11:35 AM

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