Every New Year’s brings the desire to look back at the previous year to gauge what will or should happen in the next.
Nashville has a new mayor going into the new year so instead of looking back at what did or didn’t happen last year under the old mayor, let’s look at what should be on the table for consideration next year, specifically on downtown redevelopment.
A new convention center clearly will take center stage. But Nashville’s riverfront should share that stage prominently.
Nashville generally has long been behind the curve in downtown redevelopment, with urban residential living in particular reviving in peer cities years ahead of Music City.
Nashville has a modicum of new downtown residents but is light years behind others in developing its riverfront.
Chattanooga figured it out awhile ago as did Memphis. Knoxville is working on it.
The Cumberland River seems like a stream compared to the Mississippi or Tennessee Rivers, and not as picturesque. Still, there’s a good value for the high banks of the river.
The big groupthink last year on what should be done with the downtown riverfront was simply “that’s nice” and “those things are always good to do.”
Focusing on creating green spaces along the riverfront was an admirable task for sure, but the 20-year plan’s practicality is questionable in places and probably should be reconsidered.
Look at the plan around LP Field. Isn’t it sort of like putting lipstick on a pig to surround LP Field with an urban forest? How’s that for some irony – Louisiana-Pacific and urban forest?
The tailgaters probably would like some small trees to mangle on game day or have for shade when they have reveled a little too much. But couldn’t the scrap yard be put to a use that actually brings in property and sales taxes? It’s doing that now, just in an ugly way.
Maybe Nashville should revisit the idea of a theme park next to the football stadium.
Many urban planners scoffed at such an idea when it was proposed several years ago. Why would we want roller coasters and a Ferris wheel to be the first image of Nashville? Well, why not?
Driving in from the east, LP Field looks so cool with Nashville’s skyline as a backdrop. And that scrap yard is oh so beautiful, a nice accent to the warehouses and LP Field, with Nashville’s skyline as a backdrop.
With haughtiness, some thought the scrap yard should be converted into an urban neighborhood with cool, funky shops. It will be a long time, if ever, before the Plan of Nashville’s idea comes to fruition to eliminate that stretch of interstate through East Nashville.
OK, so Thrillopolis wasn’t the best name for a theme park. Perhaps, a name with “village” in it would appease folks as would a bunch of shops amid trees and low-level rides, not those big thrill seeking, twisting looping ones.
How many people remember the holiday decorations in the Opryland theme park?
Imagine the view from the top of a signature Ferris wheel, looking toward downtown.
So what if the place sits dark for a few months during the winter. If Al Gore is correct, it might be open year around at some point in the future anyway.