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Unforgettable 2017 Moments In Nashville
by TJ Anderson
It feels like we haven’t had a sleepy year in Nashville for at least a decade. But even by our rapid-growth, busy-happenings standards, 2017 was an eventful year in Music City, from real estate to sports to food.
As we dive into 2018, I wanted to look back through the year at some of the moments and happenings that marked 2017 for me (and in a lot of cases, all of Nashville) — things I certainly won’t forget, and lots of happenings that’ll surely continue to ripple through the New Year.
Below, a few big Nashville-2017 moments:
Nashville learns we’re getting a Major League soccer team
The year closed on a major sports note in December, when we learned that, after months and months of pitching and planning, we won the 24th Major League Soccer expansion team. It’s still unclear when we’ll first see Nashville’s MLS team play (might be 2019, or 2020), but people are excited, both for the team and their proposed new home — a stadium that’ll be a major addition to the Wedgewood-Houston area.
Nashville Predators nearly clinch the Stanley Cup
Our Nashville Predators fought a mighty battle in 2017, wowing the sports fans across the country who didn’t realize that Nashville’s a real-deal hockey town. They got the picture loud and clear, as downtown overflowed with fans during the Stanley Cup finals. We might’ve come just short of the Cup, but the Preds played (and continue to play) world-class hockey, and electrified Nashville and lots of folks outside our city — ESPN called the Preds the “best franchise in sports,” noting that “no team delivers fans more value.” And that’s a truth that remains as the 2017–18 NHL season heats up.
An Eclipse lights up Nashville
Eyes around the country turned toward Nashville this year, as we had the honor of being the largest city directly in the path of a total solar eclipse. Eyes here in Nashville strapped on protective glasses and trained toward the sky en masse. There were many parties, lots of photos and videos snapped. It was fun, it was beautiful, and more than a few Nashvillians were inspired to tears. It was also probably the only thing that brought our city together more than the Predators.
Some of our biggest, most talked-about development projects are unveiled
Development in Nashville has been among the year’s major stories for several years now. But in 2017, we saw ribbons cut on some major projects that have been talked about for a long time, including the Division Street Extension Bridge (which opened in October), and The 505, now the tallest residential building in Tennessee (which opened in November). In 2018, and 2019, and 2020 and on, we’ll see more big projects unveiled.
We learn that leaving Nashville’s about to get better and easier
I love our little airport, but it certainly has room to grow — and it’s getting there. Last year brought some promising news for Nashvillians who love (or need) to leave regularly, including the addition of non-stop service to London via British Airways, and Virgin America adding direct service to San Francisco.
Big transportation ideas are unveiled
Nashville can’t keep growing like it is without addressing our transportation needs, and big plans toward that end were unveiled in 2017. In the fall, we learned about Let’s Move Nashville: Metro’s Transportation Solution, a $5.2 billion infrastructure plan that includes changes big and small, from improved bus routes to the addition of a downtown tunnel and Light Rail service. Our Metro Council should vote on moving it forward early this year, so we’ll be hearing a lot more as the months pass. This could change Nashville on a lot of fronts, and it’s a complex issue. But here’s hoping we come up with a path forward that makes us a better-positioned, less traffic-y city.
Google Fiber officially rolls out into Nashville neighborhoods
So much time had passed since the first mutterings about Nashville being a Google Fiber City, it started to feel like we’d never get to sample their super-fast Internet. But in August, Sylvan Park got Google Fiber, and it’s been spreading from there. More than a few tech-inclined Nashvillians rejoiced; many are still excitedly awaiting their turn.
First-time homebuyers in Nashville got some valuable help
I worked with a lot of first-time buyers in Middle Tennessee in 2017, and with how fast home prices have been rising here in Nashville, many of those buyers were really struggling to make the dream of homeownership happen. I’m glad the state unveiled a bit of financial help, with changes to the Great Choice Plus downpayment assistance program, made to assist homebuyers with up to $15,000 toward downpayment and closing costs.
We learned Nashville’s finally getting an IKEA
Yes, it’s just a furniture store (that has excellent Swedish meatballs), and any Nashvillian who’s allergic to pasteboard probably won’t be shopping there anyway. But you can’t deny that there was big excitement in Nashville when news broke last spring that IKEA would be opening another Tennessee location, right here in Middle Tennessee. Ground’s not expected to break on the Antioch-area store until next year, and we probably won’t be filling blue bags with umlauts until 2020. But I'm glad that, once the doors open, first-time homeowners in Nashville will have an easy place to get decent-looking furniture on a tight budget.
I’d love to hear about the Nashville-in-2017 moments that are sticking with you, too. If you’re inspired, share your feedback at the TJ Anderson Homes Facebook page.
Is 2018 going to be the year you move into your Nashville dream home? I’d be honored to help you find the perfect place. Call or email TJ Anderson Homes here.
Top photo: Visit Music City
TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
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