Achieving Attainable Housing with Modular Construction

As more cities struggle with the shortage of affordable and attainable housing, modular construction just might help bridge the gap. Modular housing is not new. It dates back to the post-war boom in the United States and the United Kingdom when there was a need for...

Neighbors, City Leaders Are Working Together to Transition Major Corridor

Dickerson Pike was the major road connecting Nashville to Louisville prior to I-65 being built. New development is quickly surrounding the corridor, but Dickerson Pike itself has lagged behind. Neighbors and city leaders are working together to change that. Identified...

A Roof Overhead for All

There are few issues more important for our city’s future and vitality than making sure people have a home. This past March, Nashville Mayor David Briley announced an affordable housing initiative called Under One Roof 2029 to accelerate the city’s efforts to address...

Private-Public Partnerships are Keys to Community Building

Close cooperation between businesses and local government is crucial to a city’s growth. This teamwork is one of the keys to Nashville’s transformation into city drawing corporate relocations, sports franchises, and 84 new residents a day. I was pleased to hear local...

Shaping Our Communities By Learning From Others

As community builders, we each shape our world in our own unique way. We join fun activities or peer groups that align with our hobbies or business interests and expand our networks. This engagement can also position us to make a positive impact in our community....

When Opportunity Knocked, I Answered

  Sometimes opportunity comes knocking when you least expect it. It knocked for me near the close of 2018. The timing was right, so I took the opportunity to pass the leadership reins of Village brokerage to the next generation. Opportunity Knocks Evolution is...

The Season of Giving Continues Year-Round

Photo Credit: Kevin Schlatt Photography   Our season of giving is year-round at Village. This month, we celebrated an incredible milestone of giving $2.2 million back to our community through Village Fund grants. It’s proof that 22 years of giving a little can...

Relationship Between Human Health and Urban Spaces

There is no doubt the health of an urban community can be directly linked the health of the individuals who live within it. Successful urban spaces are built on strong neighborhood commercial districts, and quality public transportation and greenways options. Growing,...

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...