The hundreds of Nashvillians who have participated in developing the Plan of Nashville have suggested dozens of ideas for the future look of this city. Some are genius. Others are wacky. Below are some of them:
♦ Giant letters should spell out “Nashville” on the bluffs just below Rolling Mill Hill, just like the “Hollywood” sign.
♦ The Gateway Boulevard, soon to be constructed in SoBro south of downtown, should be rechristened Nashville’s “Miracle Mile.”
♦ Utility lines should be buried.
♦ The Ellington Parkway corridor should be transformed into our version of Washington D.C.’s Rock Creek Park by replacing the road with a park and a lake and miles of trails.
♦ A new governor’s mansion should be built at the terminus of Fifth Avenue Norththe “Avenue of the Arts”in Germantown. This gets the governor out of the ’burbs and into a place where he can walk to work. One commuter at a time.
♦ A water cannon would be a fine addition to the Eighth Avenue reservoir.
♦ A pedestrian bridge as a form of public artwork should link the East Bank with the old Neuhoff plant.
♦ High speed public transit should connect downtown to the airport.
♦ The “hospital district”the area around Baptist and Centennial medical centersshould be more mixed-use so people who work there can live there.
♦ A river taxi should convey people from downtown, not just to Opryland, but to parks and new neighborhoods along the river.
♦ The East Bank interstate between Shelby Avenue and I-265 north of the city should be torn down. Neighborhoods should be grown all the way to the river.
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