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Historic Preservation and Nashville's Future

How do the seven mayoral candidates plan to balance preservation with growth and development, preserve Metro-owned historic sites, protect Music Row, offer preservation incentives, and promote heritage tourism in Nashville and Davidson County?

We presented five questions to each mayoral candidate. Click on the question number to read each candidate's response:

Question 1: The preservation of Nashville’s historic buildings and sites gives our city its unique character and “sense of place” and is an important planning tool in building economic, environmental, social and cultural sustainability. In the last year, the city’s rapid growth and development pressures have caused one preservation organization to list the entire city as “endangered.” Given our current growth, how important do you consider preservation as a goal for the next administration? How would you suggest we protect those historic resources?

Question 2: Many of our city-owned historic resources have been in a state of deterioration due to lack of funds allocated for their maintenance. Examples include Fort Negley, Fort Nashborough, the Nashville City Cemetery, Shelby Park’s Naval Reserve Center, Sunnyside and its outbuildings in Sevier Park, Lock 2 Park, and several Metro Schools, among others. Do you think it is important to demonstrate leadership in preservation through funding annual maintenance of Metro-owned historic sites, and if so, what plan would you put in place to accomplish this?

Question 3: Nashville’s Music Row is internationally known for its history in the creation of music that is heard around the world and has given us the monikers of “Music City,” and “Songwriting Capital of the World.” Since the 1950s, this area has nurtured an environment where all disciplines of the music industry (song writing, publishing, recording, record labels, entertainment attorneys, artist managers, and etc.) are gathered and have flourished. The importance of this area of Nashville has led to its having been identified as a “National Treasure” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Currently, sites that formerly were home to music industry businesses are being demolished to make way for new housing developments, threatening the area and its synergy as a place to create music. What is your stance on this issue, and what type of plan would you put in place if you hope to change the current course?

Question 4: Many states and cities in the U.S. offer economic incentives to owners of historic properties when they make appropriate repairs and renovations to historic buildings. These incentives include property tax abatements, grants, and fee waivers, to name a few. If elected, how would you create similar incentives for owners of historic properties, both residential and commercial, in Davidson County?

Question 5: In addition to its appeal as “Music City,” some of our city’s best but least utilized assets for tourism are the stories and sites that tell our history—from geologic formations and natural history, Native American sites, and early white settlements, to plantations and slavery in Civil War era Nashville, and the Civil Rights movement—just to name a few. How can we raise the profile of our past and the historic sites that dot our landscape to enhance our attractiveness as a tourism and convention destination?