Yes in My Backyard: Tactics for Overcoming NIMBY Sentiment

Despite the need for development in corridors and emerging urban neighborhoods throughout a community, there is always some pushback from neighbors, called NIMBY-ism (Not In My Back Yard), when the development being proposed is in their neighborhood. Indeed, in one...

22 Years Of Impacting Positive Social Change Through Real Estate

Twenty-two years ago, I opened the doors of my Nashville-based real estate company, Village Real Estate Services (VILLAGE). I didn’t want to follow a traditional business model for my company. I wanted VILLAGE to be different and create positive social change in the...

Greenways: A Path To Mobility, Health, And Economic Investment

More cities are recognizing the vast importance of urban development and alternative transportation modes as they prioritize creating a path to mobility for pedestrians and cyclists. Inspiration is coming from all over the world — places like bike-centric...

3 Ways the City’s Health is Reflected in Your Daily Life

3 Ways the City’s Health is Reflected in Your Daily Life: Over the years, my wife and I have traveled around the country and world, exploring new and beautiful cities.  We have noted that many of these great cities consider their parks and greenways, and other...

Walking Into Your Best Thoughts

I’ve always been a walker. Besides the obvious health benefits, walking eliminates distractions and helps me focus on big-picture thinking. Walking is also my transportation alternative. Maybe it goes back to my days of hitchhiking across the country, or walking in...

The Pattern That Connects

Some people run, others swim, read, bike, paint, hike, maybe you even do yoga. I juggle. Merriam-Webster defines a juggler as “one skilled in keeping several objects in motion in the air at the same time by alternately tossing and catching them.” This definition...

Nashville, It’s Time for Good Transit

“While walkability benefits from good transit, good transit relies absolutely on walkability.”  From One-Mile Radius- Building Community from the Core by Mark Deutschmann With Metro Nashville Council’s recent approval of the “Let’s Move Nashville” transit referendum,...

Building Community from the Core

The 12South Story: How to revitalize a community without losing friends and alienating groups “We should call it 12South,” I said, musing about how we could  revitalize and rebrand the community. I’ll always remember this moment. It was nothing huge, but pivotal in...

Nashville transit plan a boon for real estate market, pros say

Don Hayes is looking forward to walking out the front door of his new East Nashville townhome and stepping aboard a train that takes him downtown without having to fight Gallatin Pike’s notorious traffic congestion. “I have used a mass transit system a few times when...

Greenways attract Nashville home buyers, developers

Victor Wilson looks forward to eventually riding his bike on a greenway from his home in the Nations on Nashville’s west side to events downtown or to a public transit stop on nearby Charlotte Pike without ever having to be on a street with cars and other vehicles....