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NashvilleNext Background Reports

Early on, the NashvilleNext team brought together volunteer teams of local experts to write Background Reports. Each report details local issues related to growth and progress. They discuss the “driving forces” which affect each topic. The Speaker Series built on issues, trends, and ideas presented in the reports.

Experts produced six more reports including: demographic trends, fiscal impacts, retrofitting properties, corridor revitalization, and equitable development.

While some of the data presented in these reports may out of date, many of issues raised and driving forces discussed remain relevant to Nashville today.

Expert analysis

"Greater Nashville: Trends, Preferences, and Opportunities" - a report on growth and demographic change by Dr. Arthur C. Nelson, director of the University of Utah's Metropolitan Research Center

"Local Solutions for a Regional Vision" - a report on taxation and land use patterns by Joe Minicozzi, principal, Urban3

Smart Growth America's case study, "Fiscal impact analysis of three development scenarios in Nashville-Davidson County, TN," addresses revenue and cost issues in Lenox Village, Bradford Hills, and the Gulch.

"Retrofitting Suburbia" - Conceptual case studies for redevelopment of twelve suburban sites in the Nashville area, prepared in cooperation with the University of Tennessee, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors.

"Jefferson Street: Revitalization Strategies in Historic Black Business Districts" - Case studies of seven successful efforts to revitalize similar corridors in other cities.

"Equitable Development: Promising Practices to Maximize Affordability and Minimize Displacement in Nashville's Urban Core" - a report prepared for NashvilleNext by Vanderbilt University's Community Research and Action Program.