Roads closed for Open Streets Nashville

Posted at 8:10 PM, Jul 28, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A celebration is shining light on a Nashville neighborhood many say is often overlooked. The Open Streets event temporarily closed the streets in North Nashville.

"We have everyone walking, biking and dancing," said Nora Kern, the executive director of Walk Bike Nashville, "whatever they want to do in the street, they can do it."

From Buchanan street to 5th Avenue, streets were shut down! The event connects the neighborhoods of Elizabeth Park, Salemtown, Germantown, and Historic Buena Vista.

This is Walk Bike Nashville's fifth year hosting Open Streets.

Organizers specifically chose this North Nashville neighborhood because they say the neighborhood is often overlooked although it has a lot to offer.

M. Simone Boyd explains this event aims to change the narrative surrounding North Nashville.

"When people think about North Nashville, they google North Nashville, a lot of time they think about crime but our neighborhood is so much more than that," said Boyd.

Boyd is a Nashville native and explains there is so much history in these streets where she grew up. She hopes events like this in her neighborhood can shine a light on the positive aspects, and bring awareness to changes needed to make it stronger in the future.