Fifty years ago today, the citizens of Nashville and Davidson County voted to merge two governments into one. It’s considered the first full-scale consolidation in the U.S., and the city remains the envy of those who have tried and failed to do the same. But combining city and county also has contributed to keeping Nashville in the back of the pack in terms of breaking some racial barriers.
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The Metro Homelessness Commission will soon start collecting small donations for the homeless in refurbished parking meters downtown. The initiative is modeled after a program in Denver that has reduced panhandling in that city.