Middle Tennessee Residents Not Sold On Tourism And Growth

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The Tennessee Conservative Staff –

As Middle Tennessee continues to see immense growth, some residents would like for local and state leaders to stop focusing on expansion and instead work on making things better for the people who already call the area home.

According to a ranking recently released by U-Haul, Tennessee is the state with the 6th highest growth in the country. Zillow also recently ranked Nashville as 5th in the country for most popular real estate market.

Not everyone is excited about the growth, though.

Resident Chandler Mathews told Fox 17 News that he was leaving the area and moving to Ohio instead.

“My lease is up in a couple of weeks and it’s just a little bit cheaper and stuff has gotten pretty pricey here,” Mathews said.

Daniele LaFreniere also feels that the increased growth has not been wholly beneficial. She moved to the Nashville area in 2001 and says that tourism often trumps other needs in the city.

“I’d love to have a sidewalk and sidewalks don’t seem to be a priority as much as you know we are building a while city within a city, we are building a new football stadium,” LaFreniere told Fox 17 News.

Last year, GEODIS Park was opened as the new home of the Nashville SC soccer club. The city is in talks to build a new Titans stadium, and a proposal has been made to renovate the fairgrounds for the return of Nascar events.

Mt. Juliet City Commissioner Ray Justice says that is just part of living in that area.

“You can’t come to Mount Juliet, build your house, your tree house and then pull the rope and ladder up so nobody else can come up after you. It’s not the way it works,” Justice said.

One thought on “Middle Tennessee Residents Not Sold On Tourism And Growth

  • January 23, 2023 at 8:07 pm

    No, we can’t pull up the rope.
    We can however have local and county moratoriums and ballot referendums on growth that
    Improves the existing quality of our neighborhoods
    Personally I prefer not having sidewalks and living beyond city limits


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