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Friday, March 14, 2008

Envisioning James Park

As promised, here is the sketch for the proposed James Park, RCWA submitted as part of the Corridor Design public comment process. If you click on the image it should enlarge for viewing all the elements better. A big applause for RCWA volunteer-Chris Veit. What a gracious contribution!

We also updated the RCWA Draft Community Recommendations, which we posted earlier (below) on the blog. It now reflects the changes during the DCDP process. We removed the suggestion for Alabama to become a two-way street and added another suggestion: an alternative-fuel trolley system to run between the Cumberland River and Richland Creek. Our goal is to encourage commuter ridership, reduce traffic on Charlotte Avenue and consequently, the pollution produced.

Trolley vs. bus route here? Its sleek design could easily share the middle turning lane and perhaps acitvate crosswalks for riders to board and unboard from sidewalks. If this is possible- it could open up the corridor for more on-street parking and room for bike paths. The flat roof and box design may even be suitable for retrofiting with photovoltaic film to solar charge lithium batteries. Wow- a totally energy independent and non-polluting commuter system for Nashville! A dream or a possilbilty?

Personally, I would love to jump on a trendy retro trolley; avoiding the hassle and costs of having to find a parking spot downtown.
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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Richland Creek Clean Up at Charlotte Avenue rescheduled

The previous date for RCWA's Creek Clean Up had to be resheduled due to work being performed on business owner's property. The new date is Saturday, May 31st and will be held between 10 am to 2 pm. Please update anyone that you may have forwarded the previous date to. We need your help to un-trash this area and plan to remove even more trash than last year (1.3 tons). Mark your calendars and sign up by emailing and help us help the creek!
On our website home page is the event flyer for downloading with more information.

This segment of Richland Creek happens to be the western boundary of the study area for the current Detailed Corridor Design Plan (DCDP Charlotte Avenue/Richland Park). These public meetings and envisioning process created a lot of discussion among West Nashville neighbors and now has it's own blog, Charlotte Avenue is Shaping Up, if you want more details.