July 31, 2015, 5am PDT
Josh Whitehead, planning director of the Memphis and Shelby County Office of Planning & Development (OPD), discusses competing with suburbs, implementing a new zoning code, and redeveloping, for a second time, historic streetcar corridors.
July 22, 2015, 9am PDT
The Nashville Metro Transit Authority recently released a "State of the MTA" report, detailing the system's need for additional funding to improve in pace with the needs of a growing populace.
July 10, 2015, 5am PDT
Community engagement on planning subjects is fraught with the potential for boredom and political conflict. The former mayor of Chattanooga recounts lessons gained while combating those possibilities over a 40-year career.
Governing - City Accelerator
July 9, 2015, 1pm PDT
Consultant teams collaborate to provide both in-person and online engagement opportunities, and the city sees an impressive response.
July 3, 2015, 11am PDT
2014-15 was a banner fiscal year for development in the jurisdiction of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee.
Nashville Business Journal
July 2, 2015, 1pm PDT
Memphis' Beale Street is famous as a home of the blues and one of the city's biggest tourist attractions. Even so, been it's mismanaged and is often empty. With some conflicts settled, the city hopes to realize the street's value as a civic asset.
July 1, 2015, 10am PDT
Telecom companies don’t want to compete with local governments to provide Internet to residents, but a recent rule by the federal government allows them to do just that. Pushback has come from an unlikely source: state attorneys general.
June 11, 2015, 8am PDT
Opponents of the capital investment plan rejected the plan on the basis that it focused too much on the downtown area.
May 26, 2015, 11am PDT
A proposed plan to connect Chattanooga and Atlanta via high-speed rail, 17 years in the making, appears to be dead in the water. Chattanooga will now turn its attentions to a possible light rail system.
Chattanooga Times Free Press
March 30, 2015, 1pm PDT
A transformative project is in the works for the South End neighborhood of Downtown Memphis.
March 16, 2015, 10am PDT
As affordable housing and its related challenges—gentrification, preservation, and displacement, for example—become more challenging in Nashville, candidates in the city's 2015 race must take a stand on the issue or risk alienating voters.
February 27, 2015, 11am PST
Nashville often gets left out of the national conversation about housing affordability and displacement. The challenge, however, has led the city's planning department to launch an effort to develop an inclusionary zoning policy for the Music City.
February 11, 2015, 10am PST
A regional coalition has spent three years planning a network of greenspaces that will span in the Tri-State area surrounding Memphis, Tennessee. The Greenprint 2015/2040 plan was released to the public last week.
January 23, 2015, 10am PST
One of the more hotly contested transit projects in the country—The Amp bus rapid transit project in Nashville, Tennessee—is dead. Nashville MTA officials promise a new strategic plan for the future of transit in the city.
January 14, 2015, 2pm PST
Fusion lists three cities as examples of new immigrants becoming the face of community businesses in neighborhoods needing a boost.
December 28, 2014, 11am PST
Six years after one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history, the EPA adopted a rule to regulate a byproduct of coal power plants. The new regulation puts coal ash in the same category as household garbage, disappointing many activists.
December 5, 2014, 1pm PST
A PBS Newshour economic correspondent visits the sites of former malls in Ohio and Massachusetts, some successfully repurposed, others in construction, and one in decay, speaking with economic experts along the way about the future of the mall.
November 8, 2014, 5am PST
In 2009, Memphis was one of the worst cities for cycling, but it quickly reversed its course, becoming the most improved city for cycling according to Bicycling magazine in 2012.
October 30, 2014, 12pm PDT
The controversial, $175 million Nashville bus rapid transit project will be up to the city's next mayor.
October 8, 2014, 6am PDT
Hoping to combat the city's dismal rankings in obesity, public and private partners launched the RiverFit pop-up fitness park along the Mississippi River in September.
The Trust for Public Land - City Parks Blog