Today's City Paper finally gives Bells Bend community supporters fair treatment compared with the free PR it's been fronting for developers and bridge contractors who would like to see urbanization and more vehicle traffic in and out of that community.
One thing that struck me in reading the piece is the supporters' emphasis on the idea that the Bend is incomparable relative to every other cookie-cutter, formulaic parcel of the Metro area. Proponents of untrammeled growth emphasize making it more like Cool Springs and other donut suburbs.
Couldn't Nashville benefit from having one place that's not like anywhere else in the area? And I thought one of the strategies of strong growth is diversification of assets. Wouldn't replacing Bells Bend distinctiveness with one more predictable cliché of a development actually hurt us economically?