In a move seemingly to address concerns about a proposed Walgreens, Metro Councilwoman Erica Gilmore has crafted an ordinance that, if passed, would create an overlay limiting the types of businesses allowed in downtown Nashville's Broadway, Second Avenue and Printer's Alley districts.
Within the overlay, businesses would be required either to offer live performance venues or, if retail oriented, have 75 percent of their merchandise devoted to the area's musicians, craftspeople and culture.
Walgreens reportedly has the Trail West building, located on the southeast corner of the Broadway and Third Avenue intersection, under contract. Many locals argue a Walgreens would not be compatible with Lower Broad's tourism- and entertainment-oriented vibe and flavor.
Wednesday was a day of one step forward and one step backward at the General Assembly for supporters of the proposed Amp bus rapid transit line. One measure passed would not allow The Amp to run down the middle of any state highway, while the other would give state lawmakers the chance to decide on funding when Metro asks for it rather than during the design process. Steven Hale has the rundown of the bills, the thinly veiled criticisms and the talking points.
Megan Barry's out with a fundraising release:
Councilmember At-Large Megan Barry is making her second mayoral campaign disclosure on Friday as she continues to lay the groundwork to ramp up her campaign in 2014.
She has raised over $64,000 since filing papers in April with the county Election Commission to open a campaign account and signaling her intention to run for mayor.
In an email to supporters earlier this week, Barry said her focus in the last six months has been on building support and forging connections across Nashville as a prelude to a campaign that will launch in 2014.
“For the past several months, I have had the privilege of meeting with supporters, business and community leaders, and engaged citizens across Davidson County – people who are interested in attracting good-paying jobs, preparing our students for success, and making our neighborhoods safe for all families," said Barry. “I’ve listened to hundreds of Nashvillians who have great ideas for the direction of our great city.”
Barry points out that fundraising efforts during 2013 were low-key by design, aimed at gathering sufficient resources to hire staff and lay groundwork for the launch of the campaign in 2014. "We accomplished our preliminary aims without difficulty," she says, "allowing for the hiring of a talented full-time staff assistant early on, and enabling me to focus on building support from the community.
"I am excited and energized by the level of support and encouragement I’ve been receiving,” she continued.
Leigh Walton, an attorney with Bass, Barry & Sims and Friends of Megan Barry treasurer, said Barry’s progress is “impressive.”
“She is organized, she is focused, and she is ready to show Nashville what we already know: that she is going to be one of the best mayors this town has ever had.
“Megan asked me to be her treasurer last year because she had enthusiastic supporters who wanted to contribute to a future mayoral run. That financial support has allowed her to build the foundation of a campaign that’s going to hit the ground running. Megan has proven in her previous county-wide wins that she is a serious fundraiser.”
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has announced the creation of the Nashville Film Television Transmedia Council, which comprises nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and city and state offices related to film and television
The council's first priority, according to WPLN Nashville Public Radio, is to increase staffing levels for production crews already operating in the city. Dean unveiled the council Thursday.
The Nashville Scene has a list of council participants here.