After nearly a year of organization and meetings, we were ready for Mayor Karl Dean to visit our group of community leaders, officials and neighbors. I remember in August of last year when Jack and I spoke and it was just the 2 of us talking about our vision and what we would like to see. I have watched my neighborhood visually change so much just the past 12 months. We had a room filled with over 50-60 individuals this past month to discuss the progress of Nashville North By Northeast and what plans to come in the future. I will continue to push forward regardless of what others do. Sometimes I get discouraged with what other people are NOT doing, such as maintaining their property and keeping up with their commitment to improve the area. This is NOT about money to me, but about community and preserving our neighborhoods and historical attributes, which i will write about in a future blog. But I am excited for our future! Non The less, here are some of the photos from our last meeting. I love meeting so many people interesting in revitalizing NASHVILLE NORTH BY NORTH EAST!
We had our first summer Katie Hill neighborhood meeting last Thursday. I was overwhelmed with the turnout of over 40 neighbors and community leaders. What was so amazing about the meeting was to look around at the different demographics. All ages, races, and income levels, in the same room, with the same goals of building and uniting our community of Katie Hill. What a blessing! We were honored to have Courtney Wheeler with the mayor's office of neighborhoods, the zone director for NAZA, the afterschool care and initiative created by Mayor Karl Dean, Sgt. Mitch Kornberg from the Metro Nashville police North precinct, and of course our great councilman of district 2, Frank Harrison. Frank kicked off the meeting talking about the importance of community engagement and as our councilman, he works for us. And we are very grateful for that! We came up with some great ideas regarding the children and our neighborhood and having a summer block party. I can't wait to see even more great things from Katie Hill. I love my neighborhood and everyone who calls Katie Hill Home sweet home!
Last week, Mayor Karl Dean announced a series of community meetings to solicit ideas from the public for an online encyclopedia of Nashville history and culture, which is scheduled to launch next year. John Seigenthaler, founder of the First Amendment Center and former editor and publisher of The Tennessean, is serving as executive editor of the online project, called Encyclopedia of Nashville and Davidson County. Carole Bucy, who is the Davidson County historian, will help lead the project and serve as editor-in-chief. Upcoming community meetings include the following: ·Monday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. at South Police Precinct ·Tuesday, June 24, 6:30 p.m. at Bordeaux Library ·Monday, June 30 at 6 p.m. at Green Hills Library · Thursday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Goodlettsville Library ·Monday, July 14 at 6 p.m. at Hermitage Library ·Tuesday, July 17, 6:30 p.m. at Edmondson Library ·Monday, July 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Madison Library · Thursday, July 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Casa Azafran · Thursday, July 31 at 6 p.m. at Bellevue YMCA (Fifty Forward area) I was happy I got to attend the Bordeaux meeting this past Tuesday. Nothing excites me more then being able to share the history of our Nashville communities, especially Katie Hill. If you've read any of my previous blogs you know I have been researching our Nashville North By Northeast communities for a while. And it has been challenging and fascinating at the same time. I'm so excited to connect with other people in the community who share the same love and passion for the history that has created the city of Nashville and what it is today. I plan on submitting an article for the encyclopedia about Katie Hill, Heaton's station/ Lock One Park. Exciting stuff and this is why I'm so thankful for a our great Mayor, Karl Dean, and Nasjville is the best place to live in the USA! Please check out one of the meetings if you have time , it's very interesting!