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Blake Farmer / WPLN

A national ban on smoking in public housing is in effect as of Tuesday, but not in Nashville. The local housing authority says it has decided not to enforce the new rules, even though many residents have been under the impression the blanket ban applies to them.

Meribah Knight / WPLN

Nashville's housing authority has granted the Martha O'Bryan Center a nearly three-year extension to fundraise for the nonprofit's new school in East Nashville's James Cayce public housing complex. And despite the request, housing officials say they're not worried about the future of the project.  

Meribah Knight / WPLN

The James Cayce public housing complex is coming down.

On South 8th Street in East Nashville, the shovel of a giant trackhoe is eating through the roof and walls of a brick, two story apartment building.

Lenekra Head looks on from her balcony.

"It's astonishing how it's there and then it disappears," she says.   

Courtesy of MDHA

Nashville’s housing agency is about to submit its five-year plan to the federal government, and much of it centers on overhauling two more public housing developments in South Nashville.

In recent years, MDHA has refocused on its original mission of building affordable housing rather than civic projects. The document is long and epically wonky, but it illuminates the city's priorities. 

Meribah Knight / WPLN

An organized group of Nashville activists is looking to bring an anti-violence effort to the city that treats gun violence as a public health epidemic — like an infectious disease that can spread within a community.

Joe Buglewicz

Nashville's housing director Jim Harbison says he isn't worried quite yet about the federal government's proposal to raise rents for low income households. Responding to U.S. Housing Secretary Ben Carson's controversial plan, Harbison said it's too early for his office to take the proposal seriously.

Joe Buglewicz for WPLN

Nashville has taken a big step forward in its plans to overhaul the city's aging public housing. It involves transferring federal property over to the housing authority itself, which means the city's housing agency now owns the James A. Cayce public housing projects outright — for the first time ever since it was built in 1939.

Meribah Knight / WPLN

It all began with an email.

The subject: Dead Bird at the Legal Department Steps.

The culprit was unknown, but it was likely Lizzie, Darcy or Tux, three cats who hang around the Metropolitan Development Housing Agency's administration buildings in the James Cayce homes. They're fed by staff. They've even been fixed and vaccinated.

Meribah Knight / WPLN

Nashville saw a rise in homicides across the city this year — but some neighborhoods were worse than others. In and around the James Cayce Homes in East Nashville, there were seven murders, the most in 26 years. 

Julieta Martinelli / WPLN

2018 is going to be a big year for public housing. Nashville will be renovating, or planning renovations, for four public housing developments — The James Cayce homes in East Nashville, the Edgehill Homes in South Nashville and the JC Napier and Sudekum apartments, just south of downtown. All together they're home to about 5,000 people. 

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