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Let's Stop Treating Developers Like They're Doing Us A Favor

Nashville Scene | October 18, 2017

But if there’s one thing we should learn from the Fort Negley Park debacle, it’s that even if the city promises these are just leases, and the land will return to open space for the whole neighborhood, apparently we can’t trust that. The understanding for years was that when the lease on Greer Stadium ended for whatever reason, that land would return to the park.

Fort Negley Park Recognized As A Threatened Cultural Landscape By National Foundation

The Tennessean | October 12, 2017

Nashville's Fort Negley is drawing attention from another national organization, this time by a group that celebrates cultural landscapes across the U.S., as historic preservationists fight a controversial mixed-use development near the Civil War-era fort called Cloud Hill.

Should We Believe Cloud Hill Supporters?

Nashville Scene | August 28, 2017

"My gravest concern about the Cloud Hill proposal is that it continues our grand tradition of lying to ourselves in order to not have to see what we’re truly proposing. There is no “Greer Stadium site” that is separate from Fort Negley Park. That is and always has been parkland."

Dogged By Criticism, Cloud Hill Beefs Up Team For Greer Stadium Project

The Tennessean | August 28, 2017

"But park advocates, Civil War historians, and Friends of Fort Negley have demanded that the Greer Stadium site be turned into a public park and returned to Fort Negley Park. Nashville's branch of the NAACP recently came out in opposition of the project and in support of a park."

Fort Negley: Saving a Place to Exhale

The Tennessean | August 25, 2017

"Now is the time to call on city leaders to commit the funds to appropriately protect this hallowed ground at Fort Negley where African Americans fought and died to preserve our Union."

Do the Cloud Hill Developers Even Know Whose Graves They Should Be Looking For? 

Nashville Scene | July 27, 2017

"The Greer Stadium site is in Fort Negley Park. It doesn’t have to be 'considered' for park space. It IS park space."

Greer Stadium Redevelopment Faces Mounting Pushback in Metro Council

The Tennessean | July 26, 2017

"The at-large members say they are especially concerned about tarnishing the historical value of the property. The site was home to an African-American encampment during the Civil War. The federal military base Fort Negley was built adjacent to the land, and that site has already been preserved."

Metro Parks: The 'Whatever Developers Need for Cheap' Department

Nashville Scene | July 25, 2017

It is not Metro Parks’ role to act as impartial judges on matters of parkland. They’re supposed to be partial. They’re supposed to protect the goddamn parks.

What T Bone Burnett Gets Wrong About Fort Negley

Nashville Scene | July 21, 2017

"You can see why pro-development folks have been rhetorically splitting up the park into 'Fort Negley' and 'Greer.' If you believe Greer isn’t a part of the park, then, obviously, any part of Greer that becomes parkland seems like a real bonus. But once you know that the Greer land is already part of Fort Negley Park, then there’s no getting around the fact that 58 is less than 60. We will have less park than we originally had."

Alternative Vision Floated For Greer Stadium City Park 

The Tennessean | July 17, 2017

"Page said now is a 'moment of redemption' to make amends for Nashville's decision in 1978 to build a minor league baseball stadium next to a historic fort and the graves of slaves who built it."

Now Regular Old Parks Aren't Good Enough? 

Nashville Scene | July 17, 2017

"We’re talking about converting parkland into a neighborhood. Once that precedent is set, what’s to stop it from happening in other parks?"

Interview With Zada Law: Nashville Civil War Heritage, Fort Negley

Mark Fraley Podcast | July 13, 2017

Interview with Zada Law, Director of the Fullerton Laboratory for Spatial Studies at Middle Tennessee State University, on Nashville Civil War Heritage and Fort Negley

Greer Stadium Property Should Be Made Parkland

The Tennessean | July 10, 2017

"Let’s defend the legacy of African Americans who struggled here for freedom.  Let’s make it a park for all of Nashville to enjoy, filled with historical reverence and the joy of community. Let’s save Fort Negley Park."

Can Tennessee's Great Love Affair With Nathan Bedford Forrest Save Fort Negley? 

Nashville Scene | July 10, 2017

"We know the state legislature is chock-full of men and women devoted to protecting our Civil War heritage, especially if that heritage comes on horseback, has a head of fantastic wavy hair, and swoon-worthy piercing eyes like Nathan Bedford Forrest. But when I asked around about which state legislators had come to Community Day at Fort Negley or had expressed any concern about the park, the only one people could remember hearing from was Brenda Gilmore."

Opposition Grows Against Nashville Mayor Megan Barry's Plans to Redevelop Fort Negley Park 

Tennessee Star | July 8, 2017

“They shouldn’t even be considering this,” Nashville native Doug Jones told The Tennessee Star Friday. “That is sacred ground out there.”

The Value of Fort Negley Is Not Just at the Top of St. Cloud Hill

Nashville Scene | July 7, 2017

"And then in 50 years, when our grandchildren ask us how this could have happened, we’ll all shrug and claim we didn’t know any better. That’s just how things were back then. We do know better, though, Nashville. We do."

How Much Is Nashville's Greer Stadium Property Worth? Proposed Deal Under Scrutiny

The tennessean | July 6, 2017

"It's one thing to sell our heritage to development, its another to get nothing in return for it," Cooper said..."I am for the parks keeping (Greer) as green space," Cooper said. "My point is if they're going to sell it, which they are, they should begin to get its actual value as opposed to making it, in effect a gift."

Fort Negley About to Get Shaved

The Tennessean Tribune | June 15, 2017

"'It would be like building housing in the middle of Central Park or in the middle of Hadley Park and I think that is unacceptable. It’s pretense to lease or sell the peoples’ land to a private group of people who can really do what they wish to do with it,' said Lovett."

Nashvillians Fight to Save National Landmark

Huffington Post | June 14, 2017

"It’s the pinnacle of bad decision-making to set the stage for encroaching concrete to do what forested overgrowth once did in diminishing Fort Negley. In a metropolitan area trying to meet demands for green space, herein lies an opportunity to do both and secure for future generations one of the most important African-American historical sites in Civil War history."

How Do We Balance a City and History? 

Nashville Scene | May 18, 2017

"In a perfect world, the Union soldiers are all gone. But is there a plan in place for what to do when/if developers find body parts? Do archaeologists and historians get some chance to save what they can of whatever’s there?"

Greer Stadium Redevelopment Faces Pushback As Closed-door Selection Process Nears End

The Tennessean | May 15, 2017

"How is it that we're in this secret process in the first place?" Cooper said in an interview with The Tennessean. "This property is a heritage jewel for Nashville. ... And how it is 'up' for a development award is a deep question."

Decision Nears For Redevelopment Of Nashville's Old Baseball Stadium 

Nashville Public Radio | May 15, 2017

"This former Greer Stadium property is adjacent to two major institutions: the Adventure Science Center and a hilltop Civil War site, Fort Negley. The development’s proximity to the old Union stonework draws some concern."