Gallatin Pike including Madison will have first light rail in Nashville

source:  Tennessean  April 2017 and August 2017

Mayor Megan Barry on Wednesday kicked off a legacy-defining campaign to urge Nashville voters to approve funding for a comprehensive transit system and committed to moving ahead with light rail on East Nashville’s Gallatin Pike as the first spoke of a $6 billion multi-decade regional effort.

Barry used her second annual State of Metro address, held outside Bridgestone Arena, to say she intends to take the necessary steps to hold a Davidson County public referendum in 2018 on dedicated funding for transit. She called on Nashvillians to get behind her push.

She also went one major step further, identifying Gallatin Pike, which stretches from downtown as Main Street through East Nashville, Madison and Rivergate, as the corridor where her administration will begin work on a new light-rail system. Light rail involves electric urban trains that run on exclusive right of way.

Declaring “the time to get started is now,” Barry acknowledged some might debate where to build high-capacity transit first but said Gallatin Pike carries the most mass transit riders in the region. She said the corridor is also ripe for transit-oriented development, has an extensive network of surrounding sidewalks, and cuts through neighborhoods that have shown support for mass transit in public surveys.


READ:  Metro Report “Moving The Music City”

Madison Community Visioning Meeting! Join Focus Group!

Update:  Last community focus group for Madison Market Study to support Strategic Plan led by Randall Gross:

August 15th.   Contact Sasha to participate:

The Madison meeting flyer was distributed in both English and Spanish.  The meeting was a great success.

April 20, 2017 marked the first All Together Madison Community Visioning session with Randall Gross and Nashville Civic Design Center.  The diverse Madison community gathered at FiftyForward at Madison Station.  Randall first provided an overview market analysis and explanation defining the Strategic Plan process.  Over 100 participants joined the assigned tasks and workshop to provide their vision for Madison and contribute to this strategic planning process.

The Madison strategic plan and market analysis is expected to be completed late July 2017.

Community stakeholder Focus Groups for the Madison strategic plan are now being established.  If you would like to participate in one or more of these focus group sessions of which there will be two must attend meetings, please reach out to Sasha.  with subject line: Madison Focus Group.   Provide your first, second and third choice for Focus group. We will email you back with all info.

All Together Madison Strategic Plan Focus groups are:

a) Retail/Corridor Revitalization
b) Housing/Affordability
c) Entrepreneurs/Business
d) Community Organization Structure
e) Arts, Music, Culture
f) Education & Social Services
g) Physical Conditions & Infrastructure

h) Jobs & Economic Development

Randall Gross invites Madison participants to discuss their vision for Madison’s revitalization in a special workshop and visioning meeting.

Also, if you are on Facebook, please join the Madison TN Community News page. Located here:

Madison hires development consultant Randall Gross

Madison is taking action to boost its economy while sustaining its affordability by hiring Randall Gross Development Economics.

Gross will develop an economic and real estate market analysis and create a plan for the community to attract new development and maintain its character.

“This study will explore opportunities and define community challenges on many levels,” Gross said in a prepared statement. “It’s my role to facilitate translating the community’s vision into a strategic plan, generating sustained growth while preserving what makes Madison unique.”

All Together Madison — a committee of residents, business owners and elected officials — hired Gross using a grant from The Memorial Foundation. The nonprofit Discover Madison Inc. will be the project’s fiscal sponsor.

In Nashville, Gross has worked with the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency, Metro Planning, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and private developers.

For more information about All Together Madison, visit

Reach Jen Todd at 615-313-2760 or on Twitter @jentoddwrites.

BIG NEWS! Madison Hires Consultant to Prepare Community-Wide Strategic Plan


Media Contact:  

Sasha Mullins Lassiter | 917-514-0058 |

Laurie Davis | 615-491-5102 |

Nashville Community Drives Economic Equity
Madison Hires Consultant to Prepare Community-Wide Strategic Plan

MADISON, TN (April 12, 2016) – In a pioneering move harmonious to area history, the Madison community in Metropolitan Nashville takes a proactive stance toward revitalization with a dynamic grassroots effort.

All Together Madison (ATM) has hired Randall Gross Development Economics (RGDE) to prepare an economic and real estate market analyses to determine Madison’s economic potential and to develop strategic recommendations and an implementation plan that will help Madison also maintain its affordable niche.

Gross has 30 years experience, consulting over 600 studies across the globe. In Nashville, he has guided high profile analyses for MDHA, Metro Planning, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and private developers in Nashville. His reputation for creating more sustainable, livable and economically viable communities spoke right to the heart of the Madison steering committee.  His approach is to engage the entire community in economic and community development visioning.

“I look forward to working with the ATM members and the community at-large. This study will explore opportunities and define community challenges on many levels. It is an exciting time for the people of Madison.  It’s my role to facilitate translating the community’s vision into a strategic plan, generating sustained growth while preserving what makes Madison unique,” says Randall Gross.

ATM, created in July 2015, is a steering committee comprised of local organizations, churches, residents, businesses and elected officials joining all together to initiate positive change for Madison, Tennessee; a diverse working class community conveniently located less than ten miles northeast of downtown Nashville. Mayor Barry’s vision for economic equity in Davidson County supports strategically reviving this neighborhood. Through the ebb and flow of a thriving economy and the downward spiral of inequity, Madison is now poised to take advantage of the popularity, energy and growth potential associated with Nashville, the “It” city.

The Memorial Foundation generously provided funding for the strategic plan with a unanimous vote from the board to award the grant. Local 501(c)(3) nonprofit Discover Madison, Inc. will serve as the fiscal sponsor for the project.  

The Memorial Foundation President Scott Perry says,”Randall Gross has an impressive track record for working with communities like Madison to develop an economic and community development plan that can help revitalize the community, attract new development and preserve and promote Madison’s historic character. We are pleased to support the All Together Madison steering committee as it guides this work.”

Madison’s rich musical history is well documented.  The unique area also has its legacy as a whistle stop town on the Louisville & Nashville train line dating to the 1850’s, a testament to successful transit oriented development from back in its heyday.  This humble working class community is ready to reclaim its place as a thriving and prosperous area once again.

“It’s not the squeaky wheel that gets the grease, it’s the rolling wheel in forward motion,” says Mark North, Madison native and Chairman of the ATM, “Madison is perfectly situated to be the shining example of economically inclusive neighborhoods and tremendous development growth.”

Nancy VanReece, one of five Metro Council members that have neighborhoods in Madison, TN, shares, “My constituents have clearly given me a mandate as their representative to create opportunities for development to happen for us, and not to us,” VanReece, who has been proactive with ATM continues; “I’m confident that this strategic planning effort will move Madison forward.”


All Together Madison is a 40-member steering committee dedicated to the economic and community revitalization of Madison, TN. The steering committee is comprised of residents, local business owners, government officials, developers, church leaders, education leaders, real estate officers, and community organizations. Founded in July 2015, ATM is led by Chairman Mark North. Visit to learn more.



Madison, TN, real estate market on fire!

Madison’s real estate market is on fire.  Several agents have told me the bids are pouring in the moment a home hits the market and then the home is sold within days.  How interesting considering our sweet struggling town was snubbed only six months ago.  It’s wonderful that people are really digging the heart and soul of this beautiful jewel, Madison.

Madison is true working class community with a diverse mix of people from all walks in life.  We have income levels across the board, but mostly we are a humble working class community with regular folks, artists, entrepreneurs,  senior citizens, who have lived here all their lives and raised multiple generations, families, and even homeless neighbors who we are working hard to give a hand up.

Madison is the classic example of it takes a village to raise a village up.  And we as a community are coming together through Madison Community Alliance and making revitalization a reality.

The proof of how awesome Madison is, is in the fact that people want to live here and call Madison home, like they did in the days of yore.  Madison is making a come back!

So, come on back!



[UPDATE: APRIL 2016]  This meeting was incredibly well attended.  It is clear that the Madison community is fully engaged with the mission to revitalize Madison in a smart and efficient manner that benefits the community.   Metro Planning Department representing Madison presented a very well thought out presentation specific to Madison, zoning and planning, and MDHA Redevelopment Planner spoke extensively about Madison as a potential area for redevelopment designation.  The community was very enthused.  It is clear that we must carefully review where tall and skinnies can be built because these type of structures are not what the Madison community wants to see in their neighborhoods.  Hopefully, developers will be keen to design another style which compliments the homes in the area and doesn’t overshadow with height and overtake property lines with overwhelming proximity.  

Nonetheless, the Madison community is open and welcoming and ready to hear revitalization plans and more importantly see some fantastic homes, retail and services come to the area.


This meeting is with Metro Planning Department to discuss: development in Madison (zoning, tall & skinny, gentrification)
2. Madison as a Redevelopment District with developer incentives and what that means to you, to our town.
3. NMotion and Madison as transit oriented development (to be confirmed)

This is a really important meeting. Madison is on the radar and OUR VOICE MATTERS! More details to follow.
Madison Community Room, 400 Myatt Drive, inside the Madison Police Precinct, 6 – 7:30pm, 3/14. Get the word out! FOR THOSE that have expressed discomfort going to a police station, the community room has a separate entrance, is state of the art, 5,000 sq. feet. with a kitchen area. It is for US! GORGEOUS!

GOING FORWARD we will be holding the community meetings in other neighborhoods around Madison.

FREE spay/neuter for outdoor cats in Madison!

 Pet Community Center has a grant program in Madison right now to spay/neuter outdoor cats.  It’s a HUGE opportunity for this community and we need to get the word out there about the FREE spay/neuter for outdoor cats.
The sooner we can get them fixed, the easier kitten season will be in a couple months.


UPDATE: 2/2/2016:  This 1/14/16 Community
It was a full house at the Madison Community Alliance. Madison strong as a unified voice! Next month’s meeting: ZONING and the Madison Community NashvilleNext plan.  Don’t want tall & skinnies but want nice mixed use buildings on Gallatin, Speak up Madison!  YOU’RE MADISON.  The next MCA meeting for the community will be announced and will focus on the NashvilleNext Madison Community Plan and understanding and updating zoning so that we are developer ready.
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 JANUARY 14, 2016
is a gathering of all residents, organizations and businesses in Madison, TN
whether you own or rent, if you live or work in Madison or just plain ol’ love Madison, please attend!
This an exciting meeting to discuss the revitalization of our beloved Madison and to hear from our council representatives, state senators and state reps and other local organizations about the future of Madison.
This meeting will run Town Hall style so please submit your concerns and ideas and gratitude statements to  Your submissions will then be categorized and organized for presentation.
Because we expect a large turnout we are asking for your questions ahead of time so that a spokesperson can represent the community and directly ask the questions to our local government representatives and community organizations for Madison.
There will then be a meet and greet with your local representatives and organizations.  Please pass the word on about this meeting.
PLEASE ATTEND! January 14th, Thursday, 7pm.
Madison Police Precinct
400 Myatt Drive
Community Room
Refreshments will be provided by our own Kickin’ Coffee in Madison!
Confirmed elected officials will be there to discuss the future of Madison and answer your questions, including:
Lonnell Matthews
Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods
& Community Engagement
Bill Pridemore, District 9
Metro Council
Anthony Davis, District 7
Metro Council
Nancy VanReece, District 8
Metro Council
Brenda Haywood, District 3
Metro Council [did not attend]
Doug Pardue, District 10
Metro Council [did not attend]
Senator Steve Dickerson
Senator Jeff Yarbro
State Rep. Bill Beck invited – but not sure can attend
State Rep. Brenda Gilmore – awaiting answer
Jill Speering
Metro School Board, District 3
Madison Rivergate Chamber
Discover Madison
Madison Neighborhood Watch
Pride in Madison is Picking Up – anti-litter campaign