A major regional competitor of the Birmingham Metro area moved ahead of us today:
Nashville’s mayor Dean signed an executive order making complete streets the governing policy in Nashville. Per Mayor Dean:
“For decades Nashville roads were built with only cars in mind,” Dean said. “We have come a long way in recent years in terms of adding sidewalks and bikeways, and making mass transit more convenient for people to use. This Executive Order will ensure that now and in the future we continue to take all reasonable measures to develop new and reconstructed streets in a way that makes all of these modes of transportation more accessible. It’s important for the health of our citizens and for our city’s long-term sustainability.
By improving public health and safety, complete streets will improve the livability of their region, helping to attract the young professionals an area needs to grow and compete.
Isn’t it about time we did the same here in the Birmingham-Hoover metro area?