Nashville Needs Sidewalks on 1,900 Miles of Streets

Nashville builds four miles of sidewalk a year.

February 25, 2020, 1:15 PM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

Nashville, Tennessee / Shutterstock

Nashville has identified 1,900 miles of streets that need sidewalks, but is only building four miles of new sidewalk a year. "Snails move the same distance in one month that one year's worth of sidewalk is built," writes Nancy Amons in an article shedding light on Nashville's slow pace of sidewalk construction.

"Because Nashville historically has been a city where people drive rather than walk, developers and homeowners were not required to put sidewalks in until recently," explains Amons. The main obstacle to faster construction is cost. "If the city builds sidewalks, taxpayers are paying on average $837 per foot of sidewalk." 

Thursday, February 20, 2020 in WSMV

Chicago Commute

Planning for Congestion Relief

The third and final installment of Planetizen's examination of the role of the planning profession in both perpetuating and solving traffic congestion.

May 12, 2022 - James Brasuell

Twin Cities

Minneapolis Housing Plan a Success—Not for the Reason You Think

Housing advocates praise the city’s move to eliminate single-family zoning by legalizing triplexes on single-family lots, but that isn’t why housing construction is growing.

May 13, 2022 - Reason

Single-Family Housing Construction

New White House Housing Initiative Includes Zoning Reform Incentives

The Biden administration this morning released a new program of actions intended to spur housing construction around the United States.

May 16, 2022 - The White House

Protected bike lane New York

How To Sustain the E-Bike Boom: Make Riders Feel Safe

Riders of electric and non-electric bikes alike agree that they would ride more if they felt safer on city streets, signaling a need for an increased focus on bike infrastructure.

59 minutes ago - Bloomberg

Urban Solar Power

Zoning Stands in the Way of Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is cheap as ever, but zoning isn’t keeping up with the market.

1 hour ago - Popular Science

Walkable DC

Mixed Use Could Lower Neighborhood Crime Rates

New research shows areas with a heavy concentration of commercial offices experience 40 percent higher crime rates than neighborhoods that mix residential and commercial uses.

2 hours ago - Arch Daily

HUD’s 2022 Innovative Housing Showcase

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

Expanding HUD’s Eviction Protection Grant Program

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

New Updates on The Edge

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Hand Drawing Master Plans

This course aims to provide an introduction into Urban Design Sketching focused on how to hand draw master plans using a mix of colored markers.