About the Study
The Wedgewood Houston and Chestnut Hill neighborhoods contain a NashvilleNext first tier center and are along two major transit corridors. To support equitable, walkable development in these areas, the Planning Department is undertaking a planning study of the center and surrounding neighborhoods. The study will also consider how preservation of light industrial jobs and expansion of urban manufacturing can support equitable development and sustain this neighborhood’s unique character.
The work of the Planning Department is supplemented by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town program. The grant funds two parts of the study:
- WeHome, a podcast and social practice artworks built around community dialogue in Wedgewood Houston and Chestnut Hill.
- A market study of the area’s light industrial and urban manufacturing (or maker) economy.
The work so far
Both Chestnut Hill and Wedgewood Houston have been extensively studied and received substantial planning attention. This study is intended to build on and integrate existing plans for the community. Key plans reviewed include:
- NashvilleNext, including:
- Nashville Civic Design Center’s two neighborhood studies:
- The South Nashville Action People’s Council on Affordable Living Report (2014)
- The Urban Land Institute’s Placemaking through Infill and Corridor Redevelopment (2010)
- Other county-wide plans:
The Planning team has been collecting and synthesizing existing conditions and recommendations from these plans. The team has also been talking to neighborhood stakeholders, including:
- Business owners
- Developers/property owners
Our arts partners, Erica Ciccarone and SeedSpace, have also been collecting stories and interviews about the planning area. Compiled into a nine-episode podcast, WeHome asks two strangers to tour each others' lives and tell each other stories, reflecting the variety of experiences in and around Chestnut Hill and Wedgewood Houston. These are the kinds of stories that planners often hear when talking with the public, but have difficulty conveying in the dry language of planning documents. The WeHome podcast is an exciting opportunity to bring the richness of community dialogue to a broader audience.
Beginning in April, Metro planners will work with the WeHome team to celebrate the podcast and kick-off the planning study. The study is anticipated to last through August 2018 with at least two rounds of community engagement.