Nashville Renaissance

Why the name Nashville Renaissance? Music City is booming. New developments, population growth, jobs growth. Most of that boom is taking place in our urban core and surrounding neighborhoods.

I moved to Nashville in January 2006. My first job was based in Brentwood underwriting commercial real estate loans. Most of our activity (and investor interest) was with Brentwood, Franklin/ Cool Springs, Green Hills and West End.

Midtown consisted of Noshville, Broadway Brewhouse and the Corner Pub.  The Gulch was just kicking into gear and the Icon was under construction.

Then the Great Recession hit and all our worlds collapsed overnight. Emerging from the Great Recession subtle trends and differences emerged. Our urban neighborhoods took off.

I’m proudly from Buffalo, NY. The city’s greatest export is it’s people. Large chunks of the city are vacant and blighted. To quote the Goo Goo Dolls “Broadway’s dark tonight.”

Many factors are contributing to this urban renewal:
– Millennials moving to Nashville (recent grads, etc) wanting to live where they play
– Empty nesters looking to downside and be closer to town
– Less social tension of decades past

Personally, I love seeing these communities coming back to life. Maybe I appreciate it more than most because of where I grew up. Its exciting to be apart of rebuilding a city. I have been told I have “developer blood” and agree. When I drive down a street, I see what can be, not what is. I’m seeing a rebirth or “renaissance” taking place in Music City.