Quality of life after Purcell?

Call me a political naïf, but until I read this week’s cover story in the Scene, I was unaware of how much influence Purcell himself may have had on all the things I’ve come to love about Nashville since moving here in 2003. Things like an increased focus on adding sidewalks and greenways, like a strong sense of neighborhoods, like a good library system… you know, things like that.

And it’s hard to accept that, after his successor takes over, we may find ourselves heading in an entirely different direction.

Especially since, as the article points out, Purcell is behind the whole idea of getting our crap under cover at the Metro water treatment facility, which is mere blocks from my own home.

Nashville has been seeming to head in a very pleasing “quality of life”-oriented direction for some time now. Will it change after Purcell leaves office? What do you predict?

1 Comment so far

  1. S-townMike (unregistered) on April 30th, 2006 @ 10:47 am

    I’ve been critical of Purcell on Enclave a couple of times, but I’d have to say that he is the best Mayor that residents and neighborhoods of Nashville have ever had, precisely because of his detailed and community-friendly attention to micro-development. It’s no accident that the number of neighborhood associations increased off the charts during his term, and that is due to the sense of local empowerment that the Mayor’s office encourages.

    I realize that many business leaders don’t like that. They expect preferential treatment from the Mayor’s office, but that sense of entitlement places the cart before the horse. When Metro government funds and develops the infrastructure (parks, sidewalks, green space etc.), then that attracts residents to live in neighborhoods. Growth occurs. Business follows growth, because that’s where the money is. Other Nashville Mayors seemed to fail to understand this; else they just didn’t care.

    Those of us who want to promote the growth of Nashville’s neighborhoods and who value a balance between business and residential quality of life better make the most of the final months of Purcell’s administration. Because what I’m seeing or what I’m not seeing from the candidates for Mayor makes me think that we are going to go back to a singular focus on business and patronage. Candidate Buck Dozier’s recent political faux pas are emblematic of that.

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