Massive growth still redefining Nashville

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The cranes are still here. The people are still coming. Nashville’s historic growth is still a thing – a big thing. 

The city’s expansive evolution continues to redefine its skyline, while on the streets and sidewalks below, hundreds of construction workers wearing fluorescent safety vests blend right in with crowds of downtown workers and tourists who are drawn to the Music City like happy moths to a fun flame. 

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The latest figures from the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce indicate 66 people per day move to the region. The Nashville area’s net growth balloons to 94 per day when you figure in the babies born here. 

News 2 has tracked this growth – and the growing pains – over the past 19 months. “Nashville 2017” debuted in January of that year, opening a conversation and digging deeper into how the “It” city could keep the momentum going without bringing the party down. 

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There continue to be plenty of winners and losers in this game, as city leaders, business owners, and residents cope with change. 

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Ask anybody what their primary gripe with all this growth is and they’ll likely answer “traffic.”

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The city’s major arteries are clogged at any given time. Rush hour has become so impossible to manage for some folks, they’ve decided to move outside the city for a better quality of life. 

While the airport is still growing, mass transit options are not.

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The transit vote that went before Davidson County voters this past May went down in flames.

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Zillow named Nashville the country’s hottest real estate market in 2017

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And while home prices have cooled ever so slightly, affordability remains a huge issue. Renting is not cheap, either. 

The Broadway area is perhaps a poster child for the current climate of change in Nashville, as country music’s biggest stars put their names on trendy new bars that reshape the meaning of honky-tonk.  

PHOTOS: Broadway then and now 

But if you want to look at one singular image that mixes Nashville Past with Nashville Future, look no farther than 116 5th Avenue North, where you can stand on the front stoop of the historic Ryman Auditorium and stare at cranes that are standing above a gaping hole in the ground that will eventually become the 5th + Broadway complex, a set of buildings 34 and 26 stories high blending retail, residential and workspace. Nashville Old meets Nashville New. 

Portions of Music Row are at risk of vanishing. Historic Fort Negley stood in the shadow of a now-scrapped development for the Greer Stadium site. The debate over a new soccer stadium stands to dramatically impact the Nashville Fairgrounds. Progress and preservation are on a collision course.  

News 2 digs deeper into this issue with special reports all day Thursday in every newscast. 

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