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Rapid change along Nashville’s Music Row has raised concerns among preservationists and the music industry that gave the area its name. But after about three years of slow going, Metro’s city planners and a group of Row leaders are finally making progress on specific new rules and incentives.

The intent is to guide development of the area and to encourage music businesses to remain on — or return to — the Row.

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Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

It’s been four years since Nashvillians rallied to save RCA Studio A from demolition. But in the time since then, other redevelopments have continued to change the Music Row neighborhood, perpetuating a tussle between competing visions of preserving and developing the prominent area.

Meribah Knight / WPLN

Edgehill residents are celebrating a small victory. After a private developer took over most of a neighborhood park in Music Row, they complained the move was a new level of intrusion. But now, plans have changed.

Meribah Knight / WPLN

Nashville's Parks Department is reconsidering its offer to let a private developer take over large portions of a neighborhood park near Music Row. The move comes after Edgehill residents pushed back against a California-based developer using the space as a staging area.

Meribah Knight / WPLN

A private developer has taken over large portions of a neighborhood park just off Music Row — to use as a staging area — and some neighbors are furious.

They say no one told them that for at least the next year, most of Tony Rose Park would be the property of one of Nashville's biggest developers. They say the move signifies a new level of intrusion.

Courtesy of Cumberland Heights

Nashville's Music Row is home to recording studios, publishing houses — and now, an addiction treatment facility. Cumberland Heights cut the ribbon Tuesday on a new outpatient clinic in what has been the center of of the Nashville music industry. 

Rick Smith

This week the Metro Planning Department published the latest version of a plan meant to preserve Music Row.


It’s the culmination of a two-year project that was born following the near-demolition of Historic RCA Studio A and resulted in a temporary ban on tear-downs in the neighborhood.

Music Row Plan
Historic Nashville Inc.

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What will it take to balance rapid growth and historic preservation along Nashville’s Music Row? The answer could be an uncommon policy that allows some buildings to be very large — but only if their developers pay to protect smaller recording studios and home offices.

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National Trust for Historic Preservation

Nashville’s Music Row is trying to agree on a plan for its future — a tricky process that must navigate competing interests.

Nearly eight months ago, the Metro Planning Commission declared a temporary halt on dense development of the Row, and a public meeting that drew about 50 people Monday night to begin the search for compromise.

Historic Nashville Inc.

A heightened sense of urgency accompanied today’s announcement of the “Nashville Nine” list of endangered historic properties.

Just one day before the non-profit Historic Nashville Inc. revealed its list, a marquee building identified on last year’s list — the Trail West building on Lower Broadway — was abruptly torn down by its owners.