Bright & Early: Hugging Some Trees Edition

Good morning, Nashville. If you’re coming in late in the game, you may not remember all the talk about creating a “second downtown” in the Bells Bend area, which is currently a rural space in West Nashville. The proposed May Town Center, touted as “a town, within a park, within a city,” (creepy Utopian-looking video can found here) has stirred up a whole lot of controversy among the folks who want to preserve the rural landscape of Bells Bend. Enter Sen. Douglas Henry (D-Nashville), who filed a bill yesterday that would change the zoning to thwart the entire development and protect the land from any kind of urbanization. And it seems it’s a popular bill, with 92% of Bells Bend residents in favor.

Photo by Chad Lunn.