Monday, June 11, 2012

Growing Pains in 12 South

This video offers a really great look into the growing pains that our neighbors in 12 South are currently experiencing:

12 South - June 4, 2012 - An Installment of the Nashville Docujournal from The Moving Picture Boys on Vimeo.

Towards the end of the video the residents discuss pushing Metro Council to impose tighter restrictions on future developers in the neighborhood. One gentleman points out that the neighborhood has had those meetings in the past, but the community failed to follow through.

What can we learn from 12 South? For me, it just drives home that point that it is so important for residents of a community to be proactive in order to avoid the frustration of having to be reactive.


  1. As an outsider looking in, I'm not sure I quite understand all of what the concerns are with the new development. I gathered from the video that the concern is that it's going to be a lot bigger than anything else around and that it's going to make traffic bad. Are those the main concerns?

  2. I believe so. Traffic is already a headache on 12th Ave South during rush hour. Presumably, this development's only entrance/exit will be from 12th Ave, which potentially could create more of a jam. I think they said there will be 90 residential units, which adds quite an impact to an already heavily congested area.

    Also, I believe some neighbors are concerned that the development required tearing down two houses (businesses ran out of them) that were more in line with the character of most of the other structures in the area.

  3. Traffic issues aside, I'd have to say that this building's design certainly beats a lot of the grotesquely large new builds and renovations to single lot houses in the 12th South and Belmont-Hillsboro area. At least this building recognizes its proximity to downtown and will house a lot of people in smaller apartments rather than a few people in 3000-4000 sq ft, lot-consuming houses.