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The most in-depth study of Nashville’s transit system in recent years has arrived, and it paints a detailed picture of why the city is struggling to get a growing population where they want to go.

Help Us Count All of the Cranes in Nashville

Jun 23, 2015
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Something funny going  is on with Nashville's iconic skyline: Tower cranes are popping up like weeds, their swaying and turning a constant reminder of Nashville's rapid growth.

One day metal spindles jut into the sky, and the next they are covered in glass with a "for rent" sign hanging from a new edifice.

We scoured the town for as many tower cranes as we could find. Scroll down to see photos and a little info about where they are and what's being built. At the very bottom you'll find a map.

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The big-ticket item on the August ballot is the mayor’s race, but voters will also be weighing in on amendments. One that's sparking debate would require construction companies doing business with the city to hire more local workers. Supporters say the goal is to help more Nashvillians get valuable skills, though the construction industry opposes this approach.

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South Inglewood is sizzling with reconstruction.

When Kate Wolf and her husband, a musician, moved from Colorado to Nashville three years ago, they settled here — close to hipper parts of East Nashville but still fairly cheap.

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Affording a place to live in Nashville has become more difficult amid the city’s rapid growth.

But figuring out what the city should do to maintain affordable housing units — and encourage builders to create more — hasn't been easy. Until a wave of recent attention, Metro has tried relatively few methods of increasing affordable housing.

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The Tennessee Court of Appeals has upheld a plan to build a 17-story tower in the heart of Green Hills, clearing the way for $100 million, mixed-use project.

The court rejected a challenge filed by neighbors of the project at the corner of Richard Jones Road and Hillsboro Pike.

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The small metal building set back from the corner at 36th and Charlotte is where Perry Auto Sales moved to in 1972. It sits on a big parking lot full of used cars.

David Wright Smith

Developers broke ground Friday on Nashville’s first apartment complex, paid for — in part — by a new affordable housing fund. The city is pitching in half of the $3.2 million construction price tag through a pot of money created in 2013 called the Barnes Fund.

The complex on Clarksville Pike in North Nashville has 23 units. They will be reserved for tenants who make less than $40,000 a year for a family of four.

Besides meeting housing needs, Mayor Karl Dean says the project cleans up a site that had become an eyesore.

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Nashville will soon have a curfew for construction noise – at least the loudest kind. The city’s codes department has been authorized to create new rules, which would include a ban on blasting and jackhammering overnight.