Mayor Megan Barry's administration intends to award a for-profit developer the right to build condos and office space on Nashville's Fort Negley Park.
This development would permanently destroy 21 acres of parkland in Nashville's urban core, where greenspace is dwindling because of boom-time development.
What's at stake?
Mayor Barry's administration's development plan raises four serious problems.
01. Save our Parks
If we destroy Fort Negley Park to build condos and offices, then no parkland in Nashville is safe.
Downtown is already starved for greenspace.
02. preserve history
Fort Negley is a nationally recognized Civil War Heritage site.
In 1862, hundreds of African Americans, former slaves and freedmen, worked and died here building the Union fort, the largest inland masonry fort constructed during the War.
Historians believe many unmarked graves remain.
03. Fix the process
Mayor Barry's administration chose the for-profit developer through a closed-door process.
They never considered leaving Fort Negley Park a park.
04. Find the graves
Metro Council has already allocated funding for a Fort Negley Park Cultural Survey to locate the unmarked African American graves and explore the Park's historical significance.
This survey should not be rushed in Nashville's race to convert this Park to condos.