Bob Mendes

At-Large Council Member

Metro Government of Nashville & Davidson County

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Will the Council get the Donelson TOD right?

I’m prepping for the Council meeting this week and see the proposed Donelson transit-oriented development district up for 3rd reading again. I’ve worked hard trying to make this legislation better… Read more »

I’m a ‘no’ for the Donelson TOD

Tomorrow, the proposed Donelson transit-oriented redevelopment district is back before the Metro Planning Commission. I have been working for many months to see whether the legislation could be improved so that… Read more »

Financial assumptions behind Donelson TOD

This is the first of two posts about the proposed Donelson Transit-Oriented Redevelopment District. I have been working for many months to see whether the legislation could be improved so… Read more »

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Important Issues

Our city has benefited for years from a low cost of living and widespread affordable housing. But many are worried that those times are coming to an end with the influx of new residents and higher home prices. Bob is working to keep our housing affordable and equitable for all Nashvillians for many years to come.

Nashville also needs practical transit solutions, and we need them sooner rather than later. Bob knows that there’s no single solution that will solve our transit issues; instead, there needs to be a comprehensive plan that considers all of our options, including Nashville’s existing bus and new rail infrastructure. Bob also understands that, while there are many differing opinions on transit, the Council and other city leaders must work together and make compromises to ensure the future of public transit.

Everyone deserves a safe community for themselves and their children. We all want safer streets, and we are lucky to have a nationally-acclaimed police force that is committed to protecting the city and its citizens. Our recent trend towards a neighborhood-focused approach to policing should be continued in the coming years. We also need to commit ourselves to stopping youth violence.

For now, our city is not having any trouble attracting new business. Our issues arise with where to put those businesses, whether we will allow them tax breaks, and whether those businesses are contributing to the future of Nashville in a meaningful way. Bob believes that, while business growth should be enthusiastically courted and encouraged, we shouldn’t limit those businesses exclusively to the urban core. There are many locations around Davidson County that could house future corporate headquarters and new construction.

We should also see that, when businesses build in Nashville, they are looking to the local labor force first before hiring outside workers or contractors. Our city is full of talented, skilled individuals. We have to make sure Nashville is working for all of our neighbors.