Sidewalks are expensive but truly needed. Unfortunately, the great majority (81%) of Nashville's roadways are like this one with literally no place for a person (not in a car) to be.
One of the best features of the Sidewalk Bill 493 is that once a piece of sidewalk goes in on a block face, the in-lieu fee, which allows for payment into a fund instead of building the sidewalk, is no longer an option. Unfortunately, this in-lieu fee has recently been weakened as an agent of change - the cost has been reduced from $178/linear foot (lf) down to $153/lf - despite the current city estimates quoted below being significantly higher.
One thing we can all do then is to build the sidewalk required of us by law. A contractor can build the sidewalk for significantly less then the cost quoted below. This act alone would be a huge gift to the city and a gift to every single citizen as we are all pedestrians.
***The Sidewalk Foundation has (2) $500 micro-grants available to any homeowner who builds their sidewalk when the Sidewalk Bill is triggered Nashville-wide and (2) specifically reserved for Bowling Av (Sidewalk project #1). Please contact us for more information.