FANG, the Nashville neighborhood

I just learned something new: there’s a neighborhood in North Nashville called FANG, and it stands for Fisk Area Neighborhood Group.  Now you know.

Evan Edwards provides a little more info about the possible origins of the name:

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The Lorax of Nashville

There’s one citizen who’s made a name for himself preserving Nashville’s urban trees.  He calls himself the Lorax of Nashville, for he speaks for the trees.

Jim Gregory lives in East Nashville and is alarmed at the rate of tree canopy loss in his neighborhood.  “There is a noticeable amount of mature trees being cut down and either not being replaced or being replaced with something that does not have a tree canopy,” he told The Tennessean.  He’s especially concerned about developers who are in it for the money — and who only care about the trees when money is involved, he claims.  In an Instagram post, Gregory wrote, “Developers do not understand neighborly love, but they do understand money and that’s the language we had to speak with them.”

We had to hire an arborist and an attorney to save our boundary tree on the left side of this picture from being cut down by a developer. The arborist helped us value the tree at over $25k. Once we sent a letter to the developer stating the value of our tree that they just wanted to cut down without asking us permission, they began working with us. The tree is now protected by contract to have a tree protection fence be built around it, they must put 10" of mulch on the roots, only a certified arborist can make cuts, and they changed the foundation of their house to pier and beam construction in order to avoid cutting thru the roots. If they violate any of this agreement, they are liable for the value of this tree plus attorney fees. We did not want to do this, but we wanted our tree to be left alone. Developers do not understand neighborly love, but they do understand money and that's the language we had to speak with them. Unfortunately the other 100 year old tree in the background was completely owned by them. It didn't need to be cut down, but they did it anyway. Nashville needs to get their act together and get more stringent tree protection codes. #Nashville #eastnashville #trees #tree #arbordayfoundation

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In addition to looking out for the trees of his neighbors and future neighbors, he’s done a little reforestation of on his own property:

I can't believe we made this much progress in our landscaping in just one year. Less than that really… I love gardening!!

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Head on over to Jen Todd’s piece in The Tennessean for the whole story.

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Take a look at Nashville’s racial segregation

In 2013, Dustin Cable of the University of Virginia released a map showing the racial makeup of different neighborhoods.  In fact, in this map, one dot represents one person, and their dot is colored according to their race.

This data is based on the 2010 census, which, as a few redditors pointed out, may be a little out-of-date for Nashville:

Just how much of a change there will be in the 2020 census remains to be seen.  While some urban neighborhoods may be gentrifying, a large part of the Nashville area may remain mostly unchanged.

Want to look at it in more detail?  Check out the map for yourself.

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Bike to Work Day will not be in a thunderstorm; it’s been rescheduled

Even though National Bike to Work Day will continue on this Friday, Nashville’s version of the event has been rescheduled to next Tuesday, May 24.  In an email to supporters, Walk Bike Nashville wrote, “While we don’t mind riding our bicycles in the rain, riding in thunderstorms is generally not recommended.”  The event’s group rides will ride in from around town (see the map to join a ride) to converge on downtown’s Public Square at 8 am, where there will be free refreshments.

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missanita

South Inglewood rallies to save elderly neighbor’s home from being foreclosed

Her Nashville neighbors really love her and would hate to see her lose her impressive garden and her life-long home.  So when “Miss Anita,” of South Inglewood, received a notice that her home was about to be sold at auction because she got behind on her mortgage, her neighbors organized and raised the cash that she needed to get current on her loan — and then some.

Miss Anita has early stage Alzheimer’s and had been forgetting to pay the bills at times, and had little more than a bit of Social Security to pay them with anyways.  She had also been living for months with no running water and no electricity, as those had been shut off as well.  So her caring next door neighbor, Sara Jean Schweitzer, set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise enough funds to help Miss Anita get the bank off her back.  The neighbors responded en masse, which allowed them to turn the water back on as well.

The situation is still dire, though.  Ms. Schweitzer wrote,

She is still in need of: electricity, gas, a conservator to help manage her finances (I’ve been doing this for the past few weeks and it’s a full time job), and a home caregiver to check on her and take her to the doctor. She will also need more money to fix the state of her house, to pay pay [sic] her monthly bills, mortgage, garden supplies, and the care of her animals.

Some neighbors were a little more skeptical, though.  While showing support, at least one neighbor asked via the hyper-local social networking site Nextdoor, “What happens next month when she doesn’t pay again?”  Another concerned neighbor commented on the GoFundMe page, “My question though is what is gonna stop her from getting back into debt once this is paid?? She needs long term care!!”  Ms. Schweitzer responded on Nextdoor, “I’m working on getting her a conservator to help keep track of her bills and get her affairs in order.”

But for now, Miss Anita will be able to tend her own garden, something that helps bring peace to her life.

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#NashvilleSpringClean

Across the city today, Nasvillians came together to clean up their neighborhoods:

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