SOURCE: Tennessean

Victor Wilson looks forward to eventually riding his bike on a greenway from his home in the Nations on Nashville’s west side to events downtown or to a public transit stop on nearby Charlotte Pike without ever having to be on a street with cars and other vehicles.

“We could ride our bikes and go to (Nashville Sounds) ballgames in Germantown or Live on the Green” musical performances at the Metro Courthouse, he said.

“If we could get there on a greenway, I’d do it,” said Wilson.

As Nashville’s system of greenways grows, it will make the city more walkable and bikeable and become an alternative means of transportation connecting parks, neighborhoods and the transit system, said Mark Deutschmann, founder of Village Real Estate Services and Core Development Services. He also is chair of Urban Land Institute Nashville and board president of Greenways for Nashville.

Connecting corridors in Nashville

“I believe connecting corridors and connecting important neighborhood commercial districts like 12South and Melrose creates tremendous impact. People want to live in walkable neighborhoods and need opportunities to get to our transit system,” said Deutschmann.

“Walkability allows an opportunity for affordable living, since transportation is typically the number two expense of a household. As the chair of the Urban Land Institute Nashville District Council, we have identified transportation, healthy corridors and affordable living as our top priorities,” he said.

Homeowners want more greenways

Homeowners are increasingly attracted to neighborhoods near parks and greenways. Village Real Estate is marketing homes in a number of communities including East Greenway Park, a 62-unit cottage subdivision adjacent to Shelby Bottoms in East Nashville; Poston on the Park, a high-end 27 unit condominium at Centennial Park; and Alloy, a new condo development near the Fairgrounds and the soon-to-be-built Browns Creek Greenway.

The company is also marketing City Lights, a condo building on Rutledge Hill with access to the Rolling Mill Hill Greenway and the growing urban greenway system, Deutschmann said.

Mike Berry, whose family was the first to move into Ole South’s new Vista subdivision in Whites Creek, believes being near Beaman Park adds value to their new home. He and his wife, CaTyra, enjoy spending time with their young children in the 1,700-acre park. The city is expanding the nearby Whites Creek Greenway.