Here is a superimposed map of 19 and the new alternative, District 13:
|Current Dist 19 is outlined in purple. Proposed Dist 13 is outlined in red.|
Some preliminary observations:
- Alternative A proposes that the district CM Erica Gilmore currently represents would expand east and west to encompass all of the Downtown commercial/mixed-use core and Vanderbilt University, one of Nashville's largest enterprises
- District 13 would also contract north and south, encompassing fewer working-class, lower income/transitional residential areas than District 19. Neighborhoods lost to this district would include Jones-Buena Vista, Osage, and Fisk-Meharry in North Nashville and Edgehill in South Nashville
- Neighborhoods added to the district would include part of upper-middle class Hillsboro-West End and the entire Urban Residents Association (Downtown). District 13 may be more 1st wave suburban than urban District 19?
- The racial/ethnic consequences of this neighborhood shifts are substantial: District 19 is 72% African American, 22% White, but it would flip to 66% White, 24% African American as District 13. That shift may be more representative of the city's demographics, but it also may present a problem for African Americans who rely on traditional power networks in North Nashville. I do not yet have the demographics on class and income, but contracting the north-south axis would seem to amount to an "upward" shift.
- It seems that District 13 would be even more commercial and tourist-oriented than it is now with only part of Downtown and Midtown balanced by residential neighborhoods. Adding Vandy and more of the West End corridor to a complete Downtown core with Midtown and the Gulch would seem to be a district less attuned to protecting neighborhood quality of life against the arbitrary and capricious patterns of unbalanced growth.
Any impressions from those of you who also live in District 19 or who would live in a new District 13?