Creating a Multifamily Dwelling to Fit the Neighborhood Culture and Attract Residents

In 2014, Core Development decided to focus its urban revitalization efforts in Wedgewood-Houston. We purchased just over nine acres of land and started to build Nashville’s first live/make community called The Finery. The concept fit the culture of the urban...

Tennessee Voices

My wife, Sherry, and I are both entrepreneurs and really value the support and friendships we’ve gained through the Entrepreneurs’ Organization. That’s why we agreed to co-host the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s NEXT Awards on Oct. 25. We talked about the awards, our...

New Construction Homes are a Best Buy in Today’s Housing Market

With homes selling fast and prices skyrocketing, buying a new construction home is a good alternative to fighting with multiple offers on an existing home. The median home sale price in Nashville is $395,000. That’s up 23.2% from last year and the highest we have seen...

The Path to Community Building

(Above: Mark Deutschmann stands outside of Village Real Estate’s first office.) Hitchhiking across the country. Juggling for peace in Nicaragua. Planning a new community in Madison. Becoming a change agent. Those were a few of the topics Don Hutcheson and I...

Solutions for Calming Extreme Heat in Our Cities

Nashville’s chicken isn’t the only thing bringing the heat. Our city is experiencing extremely hot temperatures that are lasting longer and coming more frequently. Severe heat is bad for our mental and physical health. It is also an equity issue. Extreme heat is...

A Shipwreck Led to a Life of Community Building

Whale tales and swimming with the sharks. You might say my career has been a fish story. Here’s my journey I shared with Nashville Entrepreneurs’ Organization of how a shipwreck led to a career in real estate and community building....

Let’s Put a Cap on I-40 to Reconnect North Nashville

The interstate highway system built in the 1950-60s connected U.S. cities, but it also cut through and destroyed many predominantly Black neighborhoods. Decades later, planners are looking at “caps” and “stitches” projects to reconnect the neighborhoods once destroyed...

Decades-Old Zoning Paved Way for Downtown Nashville’s Residential Growth

There are 14,000 people living in downtown Nashville today with a housing occupancy that is higher than our peer cities. We have certainly come a long way since the first residents began moving downtown in the early 2000s. Nashville Downtown Partnership’s annual study...

Sharing an Evening with Nashville’s Emerging Leaders

I recently participated in a panel discussion of Nashville’s past, present and future for Nashville Emerging Leaders. We had a lively conversation, and I came away from the evening convinced our future is in great hands with these rising leaders. Other panelists for...

Second Avenue: Now the Rebuilding Begins

(Above: 1897 Market Street, now 2nd Ave, looking north from Broadway) The Christmas morning bombing was a tragedy for Nashville’s historic Second Avenue, destroying businesses and displacing residents. As the repairs begin, how should the district be rebuilt?...