Debby Dale Mason
| Aug 14, 2014
If you struggle with your daily commute, you're not alone. Traffic is the factor American urban dwellers say they like least about their cities, according to a study
released by Sasaki Associates, a Massachusetts-based design and planning firm.
Though the study was limited to six cities (Austin, Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.), its findings are highly relevant to Nashville, particularly as our city continues to experience rapid growth and its attendant traffic congestion. As we consider Nashville's future, we need to ensure our city is welcoming, accessible and attractive to a wide variety of people. Making it as easy as possible for people to move throughout our region is a key component of that goal.
While we project our strong economy, high quality of life and low cost of living will continue to make Nashville one of the fastest-growing cities in the country,
we need to be smart and strategic about how we plan to accommodate that growth. Earlier this year, the Nashville Business Journal
reported on a study that rates Nashville as the 33rd most-congested city
in the Western Hemisphere, and the 23rd most-congested city in the U.S. Average commuting times are only getting longer ...