Very excited that Mayor Barry is allocating an additional $15 Million towards sidewalks and that the Strategic Plan for Sidewalks (http://mpw.nashville.gov/IMS/Sidewalks/StrategicPlan.aspx) will be updated. The Plan, from 2008, is actually pretty great - it was just not funded and did not have the backing, it appears, from Public Works as many projects did not follow either the Pedestrian Generator Index nor the basic design with proper green buffers and width described in the plan.
What I encourage you to note as you move through Nashville are the sidewalks that are busy and work. The ones that don't are often narrow build, filled with obstacles, or are right next to the road. It is one thing to build low quality sidewalks as, essentially, decoration and another to build well designed sidewalks that can be used forever.
Nashville’s New Sidewalk Plan Aims To Solve These Two Persistent Gripes