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NashvilleNext Speaker Series

The Speaker Series happened early in the NashvilleNext process as nationally recognized experts on planning and urban issues stimulated community discussion. The speakers spoke to hundreds of Nashvillians about national trends and how they relate to Nashville. Their comments built on topics explored in the Background Reports. Explore the links below to view presentations as well as added thoughts and commentary.

Each NashvilleNext Speakers' Series event includes a performance or presentation by local artists, in cooperation with the Metro Nashville Arts Commission.

photo of Dr. Arthur NelsonDevelopment Patterns: "Nashville Trends, Preferences, and Opportunities"

Arthur C. Nelson, PhD, FAICP

photo of Joe Minicozzi at podium

Revenue: "The Math of Smart Growth: Why We Can't Afford to Keep Building the Same Way"

Joe Minicozzi, principal, Urban3

photo of Amy Liu speaking

Regionalism: "Regional Partnerships to Achieve Local Viability"

Amy Liu, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution

photo of William Fulton speaking

Infrastructure and Smart Growth: "The High Cost of America's Inefficient Development Patterns"

William Fulton, AICP, Smart Growth America

photo of Ellen Dunham-Jones speakingLivability and Healthy Communities: "Retrofitting Suburbia"

Ellen Dunham-Jones, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design

Photo of Doug Farr and audienceEnvironment: "Sustainable Urbanism and Community Livability"

Doug Farr, President/CEO, Farr Associates

photo of Dr. Cisneros speaking

Prosperity: "Modern Cities as Engines of Economic Development and Social Progress"

Dr. Henry Cisneros, Chairman, CityView

photo of Mitchell Silver

Demographics, Equity, and Inclusion: "Changing Faces of America: The Opportunities and Challenges of 21st-Century Demographics"

Dr. Mitchell Silver, American Planning Association

photo of Gov. Parris Glendening

Mayor's Challenge and Plan Kickoff Event: "Opportunities for Cities to Lead Tomorrow's World"

Gov. Parris Glendening, Smart Growth America Leadership Institute


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