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Message from ULI Nashville Chairman on Transit, Affordability and ULI

Dear ULI Nashville Members,

As I enter the second half of my first year as ULI Nashville chair, I’m excited about the progress we’ve made in facilitating collaboration and sharing best practices in land use and community building. I’m also humbled by the opportunities that have been presented.

I recently represented ULI Nashville on the Mayor’s Transit and Affordability Task Force. Several other ULI Nashville members also served representing other industry interests, but we all shared a “ULI lens” in the discussions.

While diverse in backgrounds and the organizations we represented, the 22 task force members found a lot of consensus as we worked together to recommend strategies to make Nashville’s planned high-capacity transit corridors functional, safe and inclusive for all.

ULI case studies, available to all members at http://uli.org, provide valuable information about transit- and trail-oriented development, creative financing, building healthy places, affordable and workforce housing. Guided by best practices, the task force explored sustainable ways to provide new housing and commerce opportunities along the transit corridors without displacing the residents and businesses that already call those places home.
The task force recommendations to the Mayor were divided into five categories: community outreach and education; guidance on transit-oriented developments; greater government alliance and resilience; and funding and private-public partnerships. You’ll see some of ULI’s best practices woven into our report.
As Nashvillians, we have an opportunity to implement a comprehensive multi-modal transit solution that eases our traffic gridlock and also encourages attainable housing.

Transit is more than a train and greenways are more than just trails. So Nashville’s mobility solution must also incorporate greenways and parks that connect healthy, walkable neighborhoods and provide access to schools and businesses for all income levels.

ULI Nashville is a convener for conversation so I encourage you to get informed and engage in the transit conversation. Study the transit plan and read the Task Force’s recommendations. Talk with ULI Nashville Transportation Action Council members. Then consider ULI resources that support plans like Move Nashville Forward when its transit referendum is placed on the May 1 ballot.

Mark Deutschmann
ULI Nashville Chair

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