THE METRO COUNCIL
P. O. BOX 128555 NASHVILLE 
7 Ootober 2010 A MEMBER OF COMMUNITY SHARES
North Nashville---Left Out and Forgotten Please consider the statistics and information gathered from a nearly year long planning process by Metro Planning Department for North Nashville [reverse] This is terrifying—in 2006 only 7,206 of people over age 16 were in the work force—40% of the 18,183 people over age 16. In 2000 Census, per capita Income was $10,671 in North Nashville while the remainder of Nashville has a per capita income of $22,684. In 2006, vacant land parcels (12% of total land acreage) and vacant housing units (17%) seemed very high. Furthermore, Metro is ENTIRELY unequal in how it treats Fisk, TSU, and Meharry. In this study the three Universities are treated as if they stood on financially sound ground like Yale, University of Chicago, and Stanford. Second, the facts are that Metro does very little for TSU, Fisk, and Meharry while Metro has a long history of condemning land for Vanderbilt and conspired with Belmont to steal 50% of Rose Park for three intercollegiate athletic stadiums in the face of unanimous but uneducated and poor neighborhood opposition. Metro should assist landscaping and “gate ways” to universities and internships in government and business for students. THE BOTTOM LINE IS PRISON Who fills the cells built by private corporations for the State and CCA? North Nashville citizens and former students. SOLUTION—Intercept the poor performers in grades 2—4 with intense reading, math, and role models. NOTE—grades 2—4 is when CCA and State planner examine test scores to see how many jail cells an area will need. “PLANNING IS BUILDINGS NOT SOCIAL POLICY”--this came up several times. When we have a large portion of our city hemorrhaging lives AND many vacant buildings, we need a city plan which turns vacant buildings into health clinics, education centers, and respite areas. If we teach people to eat an apple instead of fast food our city will gain the wealth of a productive person, avoided health costs, and a contributing part of society
STATE SOLID WASTE POLICY---ONE OF THOSE WINS On 3 August 2010, the State Solid Waste Control Board defeated the proposed regulations. BURNT Opposed these because they would do little more than continue the same landfills oriented system disguised by empty reports. There was a lot of support for this system. Now, we embark on another round of solid waste Review by the State board. This, for BURNT, and the landfills and environmental injustice was a big win.
Metro’s Big Loss—the New Solid Waste Code This was rushed through with no consideration by the Metro Regional Board which is very strange. This new code contains two (2) provisions opening the way for a landfill in Davidson County and singling out Bordeaux Landfill. It eliminates needed reports. Have your constituents rose up to support “Pay as you Throw”? “Pay as you throw” and even “Curby” are alright if they are a part of the system but as featured players in recycling systems the are complete flops---Curby Costs $1 million annually to divert 13,000 tons from the waste stream—1% of the 1,300,000 ton Metro waste stream Why was this snuck under the radar? Why does Metro use three (3) very Unhealthy landfills which are a plague on their neighborhoods?
Re-Write the Re-Written Metro Solid Waste Code (passed 17 August 2010)
4 October 2010
North Nashville Plan--- Metro Planning Department [hearing December 2010] There is an overriding desire to not discuss the underside of our city--the rates of infant mortality in North Nashville exceed Cuba and rival poorest nations in Africa; Obesity, and very poor education lead to death or prison. Statistics on education and income relate directly to vacant buildings, low income, and design. >>>Use vacant property for health clinics, tutoring, and job training. >>>The quality and effort by Metro planners was excellent, with open access and process
STATISTICS—please add State and National averages >>In 2006, estimated total of 18,183 people over age 16 in North Nashville but only 7,206 were in the work force (40%) [pg. 8] >>the 2000 census reported per capita income of $10,671 in North Nashville while remainder of Davidson County had a per capita income of $22,684. In 2006,North Nashville income increased to $11,136. [pg. 9] >>In 2006, 17% of all housing units were considered unoccupied--a nearly 50% increase since 2000-and vacant parcels consume approximately 12% of total land acreage (pg. 9) SUGGESTED POLICIES --Build the Sounds Stadium in Sulphur Dell, off Jefferson street next to Farmers Market. --Southern Services Landfill on Ashland City Highway is just outside the District but, like the HIGH concentration of prisons, is indicative of the Metro view of North Nashville. AUDIT---which neighborhoods and schools populate Metro jails and State prisons This neighborhood is enriching private prison corporations and public prison builders.. Target and support these children who are likely future criminals. AMEND---"The universities in the North Nashville Community are also historic assets and critical partners in building a strong tourism economy" (pg. 8, par. 2) TSU, Meharry, and Fisk are centers for stability and employment but do not get support from Metro 1. TSU, Meharry, and Fisk likely total less students than Vanderbilt, AND combined have less endowment than Vanderbilt, Belmont, or Lipscomb. 2. compare salaries of professors at Vanderbilt or Fisk/Meharry 3. Belmont is now opening a School of Law—TSU tried to open a School of Law years ago but was sabotaged. 4. Metro DOES not support North Nashville Universities—no low cost landscaping ("gate ways") or internships for Fisk, TSU, Meharry students yet Metro condemned land for Vanderbilt expansion and 'theft" of Rose Park for Belmont intercollegiate athletic fields ----STRIKE Final paragraph, pg. 3 --"North Nashville resources are abundant". "North Nashville faces significant problems in employment,health, and education".
---STRIKE-- Paragraph 1, pg. 7 ---"Residents and employees of North Nashville can often walk, hike, or take transit to and meet their daily needs." SUBSTITUTE “With only one large grocery store and with only 40% in Work force (pg. 8, par. 6) few are walking to work or to shop.”
Bruce Wood, 615-327-8515; firstname.lastname@example.org
FRIGHTENING SENTENCE OF THE DOCUMENT
"THE INTERSECTION OF JEFFERSON STREET AND ROSA J. PARKS BOULEVARD IS A MAJOR GATEWAY INTO THE NORTH NASHVILLE NEIGHBORHOODS AND, DUE TO THE KROGER AND OTHER BUSINESSES AND SERVICE, THE COMMUNITY CENTER [OF] NORTH NASHVILLE" [PG. 82] WOW--A CVS, TWO GAS STATIONS, AN AUTO ZONE, AND KFC ARE THE GATEWAY---WHAT IS THE INTERIOR?
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