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...

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,...