Can ‘old Nashville’ and ‘new Nashville’ co-exist?


April 30, 2017 — On the evening of April 26, The Tennessean presented a forum on affordable housing at the Nashville Public Library’s downtown building.

It was the culmination of the first three parts of this special monthly series, “Costs of Growth and Change in Nashville”: Examining Nashville’s pro-growth policies, the dilemma for low- and moderate-income renters, and an ambitious plan to turn public housing complexes into mixed-income developments to ease the affordable housing crunch.

Panelists at the forum — Adriane Harris, who is Mayor Megan Barry’s senior affordable housing adviser; Jeremy Heidt, director of industry and government affairs at THDA; and Laura Berlind, founding executive director of the Sycamore Institute, a nonpartisan public policy research organization — all called for changing the conversation on affordable housing.

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