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City Considers Change Part Of 5th Ave. To Two-Way Street

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by Chris Conte

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - As part of multi-million dollar plan to upgrade the city's bus transit system, Mayor Dean wants to change part of 5th Avenue to a two-way street but some businesses aren't too thrilled with the idea.

"It'll increase our visibility but we don't know if it will have a negative impact on walk ability," explains Trent Timmons who co-owns Jimmy John's on 5th Avenue.

Last month, Metro Public Works announced plans to change part of 5th Ave. between Union Street and Church street from a one-way street to a two-way street. The city said the plan is meant to enhance the street as a visual arts district.

"From the meeting I went to with Metro Public Works they said it's going to happen – like 95 percent," Timmons added.

But local art shops on 5th Ave and some residents sent a letter to the city a few weeks ago calling the proposed change "dangerous."

Timmons was apart of the group who sent the letter but understands their concerns.

"I think that they want it to be more walkable, more walker-friendly as opposed to bringing two-way traffic, it would bring a lot of vehicles going back and forth," he said.

The city will meet to discuss the plan again on April 8. 

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