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Nashville Metro Council Rejects $100 Million Downtown Flood Control Project

Opponents of the capital investment plan rejected the plan on the basis that it focused too much on the downtown area.
June 11, 2015, 8am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"The Metro Council in Nashville rejected a contentious $100 million flood-protection proposal Tuesday night that had been criticized for focusing on the downtown area at the expense of other, lower-profile neighborhoods in the Tennessee capital," reports Richard Fausset.

The flood protection proposal would have included a flood wall and a pumping system in response to a flood in May 2010 that left ten people dead and damaged or destroyed 11,000 properties in in Davidson County, which includes Nashville.

Fausset lists a more specific list of complaints from opponents to the project, who said that the flood protection proposal would have protected only a few high-profile, downtown assets, "like the symphony hall and a new convention center." Critics also argued that "the money would be better spent buying and demolishing homes in flood-prone areas."

Joey Garrison's local coverage of the vote included the flood control project among a trio of proposals supported by outgoing Mayor Karl Dean but rejected by the Metro Council. The other two capital investments rejected by the council included $113 million for jail consolidation and $23 million for a new police headquarters.

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Published on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 in The New York Times
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