The clash of the generations

Neighborhood skirmishes are erupting here in the Nashville.

We’re an “It City” with @ 100 people moving into our MSA every day, and all of those newcomers need to live somewhere.

This has resulted in Nashville having the most number of construction cranes of any city in the country (and maybe the world), most of which are taking part in the construction of apartments with restaurant/retail, plethora new hotels large and boutique, and office space.

This is all VERY exciting for all of us local folks who are enjoying the myriad new entertainment and dining venues.

We Native Nashvillians are friendly folks who welcome all these new neighbors (Bless their hearts), and we are having much patience through this period of massive growth and development.

We do, though, have some reservations about some of these growing pains including but not limited to:

  • Marked increase in traffic congestion resulting in speedy deterioration of the roads
  • Additional inconvenience relating to construction projects
  • The change in the look and feel of our city and our neighborhoods.
  • Our school systems are taxed with increased enrollment and limited facilities.
  • The real estate market is woefully short of available inventory creating a very frustrating experience for most home buyers.
  • This list could go on and on and on because it’s ALL change, and most of us humans don’t like change.

As for the bit about the shortage of houses for sale, this scenario has created the necessity for home builders to practice the fine art of “In-fill construction.”

Because there is virtually NO open land (dirt) within the urban area of Nashville, the builders are buying existing houses, razing them, dividing the parcels into 2 or more lots, and building as many houses as zoning will allow.

This is resulting in a building product that has affectionately been coined “Tall Skinnies”

Most of these houses are 3 stories with garage on the first level, Living space and bedrooms on 2 & 3, and flat roofs with decks.

There’s no way to sugar-coat the fact that these houses are RADICALLY different than the tradtional houses they are replacing.

Additionally, this type of construction is rapidly increasing the population density throughout the city.

Here we have a “perfect storm” for conflict between the native, old school nashvillian traditionalists (Most Babay Boomers) and the massive influx of new residents many of whom are millenials.

Statistically, the 2 largest segments of our population are Baby boomers and millenials . . . and one might think this to be a perfectly blissful scenario because the Baby Boomers are SELLING their house to downsize or retire, and the millenials are BUYING houses to start and raise families.

If only they all had the same tastes and preferences as to style of construction and way of life , , ,

but they DON’T, and herein lies the rub.

Some neighborhoods are literally seething with conflict as the tall skinnies start showing up and Wrecking the ambiance of the quaint look and feel of the neighborhood . . . and adding the insult of these cocky, upstart millenials to the injury is akin to anĀ Armageddon.

Of course, our gentile disposition keeps things from getting out of hand because, after all, the builders aren’t going to un-build the houses they have built . . . and once the new neighbors move in, we’ll enjoy getting to know them and welcoming them into our communities.

That’s just the way we Nashvillians roll!


Published by Barry Owen

Strategist-CEO of Pareto Realty Real estate sales Professional Inviter-Facilitator-Practicer of Open Space Technology Opening safe space for people & organizations to self-organize around issues & opportunities BarryOwen.US Invite-Listen-Love

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