The biggest news tonight is that TSU officials told those present (I estimate around 50) that they are already working towards making changes for next September's homecoming festivities. A TSU committee is said to be focusing on possible changes, with few specifics to share now. However, they do intend to contract the time of the parade from its current 3-hour duration to something shorter and to lower the number of entries marching. They also plan to move the reviewing stand to allow easier access and egress.
Recommendations also came from the community:
- Eliminating bottlenecks that cause delays in crowd moving up and down Jeff St
- Designating side streets off Jeff St "one way" to discourage "getaways"
- Working on changing culture & values in neighborhoods; confronting kids' misbehavior
- Increasing community policing in the neighborhoods
I continue to believe that TSU can make its most positive contribution by including neighborhood leaders in the process and by finding productive opportunities to involve North Nashville high school students in the events. TSU needs to work on community buy-in to mitigate chances of crime at future festivities.