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For about a decade, a massive Nashville tower project has mostly consisted of a construction pit — eight stories deep and carved into gray limestone like a quarry.

Alana Watson / WPLN

Franklin is known for expensive homes and its Civil War history — like the historic Carter House, a major tourist attraction where the Battle of Franklin was fought.

But right down the street lies the birthplace of the city’s African-American heritage. And as home prices skyrocket in Williamson County, this once-prominent African-American neighborhood is slowly disappearing.

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The owner of Nashville’s Downtown Antique Mall knew this day was coming.

The century-old warehouse full of quirky antiques is closing Friday after operating for three decades. The mall’s vendors say the reasons for the closure are indicative of the threat to small businesses downtown.

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Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency

Nashville’s housing authority has claimed for years that its ambitious plan to overhaul public housing could be done almost exclusively with private financing. But now, the city is investing hundreds of millions of dollars in the project. And the move has some officials worried it could leave Metro on the hook for even more.

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Tennessee has some of the most far-reaching state laws overwriting local policies on things like minimum wage, paid sick time and affordable housing, according to a new study from the Partnership for Working Families.

And some experts say Tennessee’s effort to put the interests of business first on such issues could actually slow Nashville’s growth. Especially when it comes to affordable housing.

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1100 Broadway.

For 82 years, it was the center of Nashville journalism. Two daily newspapers — the Banner and The Tennessean — called it home.

But as of this week, the building stands dark.

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It's more or less human Tetris. Moving families of varying sizes around Nashville’s largest public housing complex so it can be torn down and rebuilt.

That’s because the city made a promise to overhaul the James A. Cayce homes without displacing low income families. And now, the city has the messy job of following through. Dozens of residents are supposed to be moving next month, but many say they’re still waiting on details.

Meribah Knight / WPLN

Oakland Court in Murfreesboro is a small, sleepy complex. Driving through the 20-acre neighborhood filled with tidy lawns and compact brick homes, you may not even realize it's public housing.

But the city has plans to tear down and rebuild this development.

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Chas Sisk / WPLN

Nashville-area home prices have cooled significantly. New data compiled by local real estate agents show prices are still going up, but only by a fraction of what they were in previous years.

Church Street Park
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

A Nashville developer’s unusual request to swap downtown properties with the city has raised several vexing questions for decision-makers. One surfaced prominently during a public hearing last week: Would it be fair for Metro to approve the deal without first hearing other proposals?