I've been following the weirdness about rezoning a big section of Midtown that runs between Charlotte and West End from 40 to 440. If you're aware of the area, it's cute condos, lovely restaurants, a big park, hospitals, hospitals, more hospitals, some businesses that deserve a more lively neighborhood, nothing, nothing, the Hustler shop. Oh, and that strange postmodern fortress of apartments at 18th and State.
But it's self-evident that the area between I-40, Church, Charlotte and 20th especially could really use a shot in the arm. It's way too convenient to downtown and to the hospitals and universities to be left to languish without real options, especially housing.
So I'm confused as to why there's any controversy about this at all. And yet, over at the City Paper, Joey Garrison is reporting that a zoning overlay designed to make this area more attractive to developers had a hard time passing out of committee:
But the plan has skeptics from Nashvillians who say Metro is moving forward too quickly on the zoning overhaul and from others who argue its approval represents “tacit support” for Mayor Karl Dean’s bus rapid transit project along the West End corridor.
The Midtown rezoning overcame resistance Monday from council members Jason Holleman, Fabian Bedne and Davette Blalock, who each voted against it.
Nashville, I love you, but I will never understand your willingness to tear down awesome stuff and then still navigate by it years later — "Oh, just turn by where the IHOP used to be." And that goes double for your stubborn unwillingness to tear down crap that keeps people from traveling more easily to different parts of the city.