Strengthening Our Foundation
Reevaluating Nashville’s Infrastructure Priorities

Flooding, damaged roads, and antiquated technology are common issues for most Nashville residents. If we want to make life easier for working families, create good-paying jobs, and be taken seriously as a global powerhouse, it’s time we build a 21st-century infrastructure system - both above and below ground. 

Start With Stormwater
Every week, I hear from residents about how they’re worried their house may flood. Families in Bordeaux, the Nations, Antioch, Madison, and North Nashville can’t rely on our current system. Fixing this problem will require a multi-faceted approach. We need to expand our existing sewer and stormwater infrastructure and promote sustainable practices such as porous pavements, green roofs, and carefully-selected soils and plants that will naturally mitigate water flow issues. Long-term, we need to work with the state and federal governments to increase funding and modernize our city’s existing water infrastructure to be able to handle future growth. 

Make Corporations and Developers Pay Their Fair Share
As rapid development continues, we need to be mindful of the pressure that growth creates on our infrastructure. Corporations that want to relocate to our city should be willing to invest in Nashville, especially as developers connect skyscrapers to antiquated infrastructure systems. Increasing and enforcing impact fees could yield a significant source of revenue for upkeep, and would hold developers accountable for when they close down streets and clog traffic. We need to encourage good corporate stewardship and partner with companies to invest in sidewalks, stormwater, and other essential improvements, especially if they’re receiving taxpayer incentives. While increasing density is necessary to improve both affordable housing and transit, it must be done strategically. This requires buy-in from all stakeholders, working toward a mutual goal of improving the quality of life of all Nashvillians. 

Invest in Short and Long-Term Traffic Solutions
To address our traffic challenges, Nashville needs to invest in short-term, cost-effective solutions, and develop a long-term transportation strategy. This includes traffic lights that are correctly synchronized and timed, implementing transit management technology on all major thoroughfares, and redesigning existing roadways so that pedestrians, cars, and buses can safely coexist. We need to fund sidewalks with at least $30 million annually and complete the majority of the 91 miles of the priority bikeway network by 2023. We need to finally develop a long-term transportation infrastructure plan that will improve the quality of life of all residents. Within my first 100 days as mayor, I will create the Office of Mobility, and task them with developing a plan that will assert our position as a progressive, global city. This includes listening to residents to better understand the unique needs of every neighborhood, as well as working with surrounding counties to build a system that will connect every community in Middle Tennessee. To get buy-in from county leaders, the state, and the federal government, Nashville needs to lead from the local level. This will require an equitable and data-driven transit plan, a primary funding mechanism secured through a voter referendum, and a mayor who will always fight to do what’s right for working families. 

This is a working document based on feedback from thousands of residents across Nashville. Have an idea? Contact us at info@johnrayclemmons.com