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Connecting the Gulch with Sobro

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are there any plans for connecting these two areas in the future?

what could be done?

just thinking a decade out when these two areas are even more developed, it could be useful to have a connector...

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The original plan for Gateway Blvd would have connected the two areas, but might have had a negative impact. Or it could have had a good impact. I don't remember why that plan was altered to end at 8th Ave.

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I have stated this and stand by it- the next gulch/sobro/12south for Nashville will be the connection between The Gulch and Sobro (which I believe includes the area directly behind the MCC).

I believe this area can be a very unique area characterized not by skyscrapers but by low and mid-rises, similar to what you see in Boston, West Village manhattan, DC, etc... very pedestrian friendly and extremely walkable.

I think that perfect catalyst for this connection is a pedestrian bridge similar to "The Highline" in Chelsea.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Line_%28New_York_City%29

Of course, this is all fantasy on my part, but I think it would be great for this area.

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The Chelsea Highline looks like a great alternative. Although it looks better suited for trips by strolling tourists than local commuters. I also read this article today about Smart Growth. It's an interesting take on scaling down density and making approachable neighborhoods. When I think about building a great city from the downtown out, this is the frame of reference I use.

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2012/01/what-smart-growth-advocates-get-wrong-about-density/981/

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