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Brentwood's inevitable path to becoming an Atlanta-esque suburb began 40 years ago when it enacted the 1 house, 1 acre zoning. There is no fixing it now. Worse, because of the continued lack of foresight, they now get to deal with Cool Springs' and Franklin's traffic while receiving none of massive retail tax revenues--which is exacerbated by the low density of the city itself.

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Like Ovation, those types of projects will end up going to Franklin/Cool Springs. Where Brentwood says no, Franklin sees dollar signs. I can't imagine as a city leader thinking that the entire city's image is based off of having single family homes above all else. The NIMBY's hide their disdain for change behind code words. "We don't want to become Atlanta" = "We don't want people like that in our community." "We don't want apartments" = "We don't want our children going to school with people like that." "We don't want to raise the height limit" = "We don't want any urban development." I am not arguing in favor of a massive urban takeover of Brentwood, especially the pretty and unique pastures along Franklin Road just past the T.J. Maxx shopping center, but I think the area above the shopping center could definitely be improved through urban and infill development...shhh don't tell the NIMBYs, but it's already a commercial area.

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Like Ovation, those types of projects will end up going to Franklin/Cool Springs. Where Brentwood says no, Franklin sees dollar signs. I can't imagine as a city leader thinking that the entire city's image is based off of having single family homes above all else. The NIMBY's hide their disdain for change behind code words. "We don't want to become Atlanta" = "We don't want people like that in our community." "We don't want apartments" = "We don't want our children going to school with people like that." "We don't want to raise the height limit" = "We don't want any urban development." I am not arguing in favor of a massive urban takeover of Brentwood, especially the pretty and unique pastures along Franklin Road just past the T.J. Maxx shopping center, but I think the area above the shopping center could definitely be improved through urban and infill development...shhh don't tell the NIMBYs, but it's already a commercial area.

 

 

Couldn't agree more.  What's ironic is that a trend toward more dense and responsible development should be favorable to those that want to preserve the beautiful scenery that makes Brentwood a place people want to be. 

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It is certainly remarkable to see how Brentwood's leadership openly admits to making fear-based decisions about change.

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It is certainly remarkable to see how Brentwood's leadership openly admits to making fear-based decisions about change.

They're giving the citizens what they want....which I think is crap. But hey, it's their crap and they can wallow in it all they want....just as long as they don't try making other communities share their vision.

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Brentwood will regret all of these decisions they've made the last 10-20 years in about 50-75 years when all that infrastructure is up for overhaul. Residential property taxes will only get you so far in budget.

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Why is everyone here complaining? Democracy worked. People spoke. City Leaders acted accordingly. What is the issue????

 

Brentwood is a community of one house per acre; why change that? What is next? Sub-divide all lots on West End Ave and in Bell Meade? Like UTGrad says above, they can do what they want as long as they don't force it on anyone else .... and they are not forcing that on anyone else. So why force anything on them???

 

You may not like the choices Brentwood made, but that is their choice.

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Why is everyone here complaining? Democracy worked. People spoke. City Leaders acted accordingly. What is the issue????

 

Brentwood is a community of one house per acre; why change that? What is next? Sub-divide all lots on West End Ave and in Bell Meade? Like UTGrad says above, they can do what they want as long as they don't force it on anyone else .... and they are not forcing that on anyone else. So why force anything on them???

 

You may not like the choices Brentwood made, but that is their choice.

 

I agree, but partly because I think Brentwood's decisions will give Nashville a long-term competitive advantage over them.

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Why is everyone here complaining? Democracy worked. People spoke. City Leaders acted accordingly. What is the issue????

 

Brentwood is a community of one house per acre; why change that? What is next? Sub-divide all lots on West End Ave and in Bell Meade? Like UTGrad says above, they can do what they want as long as they don't force it on anyone else .... and they are not forcing that on anyone else. So why force anything on them???

 

You may not like the choices Brentwood made, but that is their choice.

 

I can only speak for myself here, but the reason it bothers me is because for the good of metro Nashville, I want Brentwood to succeed, and their backward looking development policies are not going to take that community in a positive direction in the long run.  If the residents there eventually force their community into becoming an economically and environmentally unsustainable wasteland of empty lawn and asphalt due to some misplaced fears and misguided, warped fantasies about what 'small town living' is, then it hurts everyone in the metro.  They should be, and are, free to make whatever decisions they like, but I'm also free to complain when they make choices in which they are essentially willingly shooting themselves, and metro Nashville as a whole, in the foot based on nothing more than ignorance and veiled fear.

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Rutherford county leaders have chosen option two for the new judicial building and adjacent parking garage. Option one would have been an 11 story tower at almost 200 feet tall replacing the Swanson building as the new tallest. The county mayor opted out of option one because...." It overpowers the rest of the structures in the neighborhood," lol.

 

The building would have held 24 courts at about two courts per floor. Option three would have been a four story building at 6 courts per floor, but was the least effective of the land use study. Option two will be a six story building with four courts per floor and an adjacent parking garage.

 

http://www.dnj.com/story/news/local/2015/01/23/bell-selected-judicial-building-work/22261407/

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Here is a link to photos of North Murfreesboro's newest apartment community, 3343 Memorial, currently under construction. I took some pictures, but their facebook page has better ones. Definitely different than Murfreesboro has seen in the past, even more than Gateway Village. For those unfamiliar with the location, it is located on the corner of Thompson lane and Memorial boulevard across the street from the Publix shopping center, and behind the McDonald's near the Alvin C. York V. A. Hospital.

 

https://www.facebook.com/3343memorialapartments/photos_stream

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The Kroger on Middle TN Blvd may be moving. Potential locations are the old Roses on Mercury or over on Rutherford. I like the idea of the old Roses best. 

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The Kroger on Middle TN Blvd may be moving. Potential locations are the old Roses on Mercury or over on Rutherford. I like the idea of the old Roses best. 

Unless they plan a major renovation to the Roses and/or Food Lion spots, I think the move is useless. 

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The Kroger on Middle TN Blvd may be moving. Potential locations are the old Roses on Mercury or over on Rutherford. I like the idea of the old Roses best. 

So right across the street?

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