Nashville has historically had little regard for sidewalk design or its pedestrians.
I was at a BPAC meeting not long ago where I was introducing the concept of Walking Districts. I was surprised by Freddie O'Connell who had strong words for this idea by saying that all roads should have sidewalks...it was the city's responsibility to put in high quality infrastructure for pedestrians.
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After reading the article below in The Scene, I think I understand his concern a little more...