GATEWAY/FRANKLIN BOULEVARD MASTER
PLAN, NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
At the request of the Mayor, the Metro Department of Public
Works, Metro Planning Commission, Metropolitan Development
and Housing Agency and the consultant team involved in the
Subarea 9 Plan met in collaborative sessions to address the
Mayor's charge of making the Franklin Boulevard project "softer"
and more balanced between pedestrian and vehicular concerns.
It was an effort to ensure that this street does not become
a dividing line across an area of our city that is emerging
as a mixed-use pedestrian oriented neighborhood. This set
of guidelines was intended to help Franklin Boulevard serve
as an urban amenity, a catalyst for quality new development
and a destination instead of a short cut across town. The
purpose of this document was to identify a set of urban design
issues and to derive design guidelines to ameliorate each
issue. The guidelines illustrated ways in which the scale,
character and fine-grained details of Franklin Boulevard project
can be realized and the image of downtown Nashville can be
enhanced through its addition to our city's urban fabric.