Open the Streets: Shut 'em Down Downtown

Just some food for thought, while we chew on ideas to open our city up to easy ways to get around.

  1. Deaderick- from Public Square to Legislative Plaza

  2. 3rd - from Public Square Park to Lea Ave

  3. Lower Broad- 6th to the river.

  4. Dudley - Legislative Plaza to the Library

  5. 5th to Peabody - from Sounds stadium to PieTown

  6. Bridge over Troubled Waters Pedestrian route from Public Square to Titans Stadium- in a dedicated lane on Woodland Bridge.

John Cooper Kick-Off


Re: John Cooper For Nashville "Fireside chat, not friendly fire"

John Cooper <>

Sun, May 12, 3:01 PM

to me

Hi Jon!

Thank you so much for sending this! I will send the request to John’s scheduler to see if there are any openings available for a chat, but I do know he is trying to do more group meetings than one on one due to time restraints during the campaign. We will be releasing our group chat sessions soon on our website as well as we definitely invite you to come to Gabby’s next Sunday at 12:30! If you have any other requests or questions please feel free to ask me! 

Thanks so much,


On Sat, May 11, 2019 at 9:56 AM Jon Sewell <> wrote:

From: Jon Sewell <>
Subject: Fireside chat, not friendly fire

Message Body:
Hello John & co.,

My name is Jon Sewell. I am also running for Mayor of Nashville. I ran last time on a comedic campaign to raise awareness to different issues  in a humorous way. (the voters chose one of my co-applicants). I intend to do the same this time.. I do not intend to attack any other candidates (except for maybe the occasional jab at the corporate centrist currently in the office)..

I live in the Wedgewood-Houston n'hood in the old railroad-built victorian across the street from Gabbys (ive done several additions that prob throw a few ppl for a loop) and own the arts-centric bldg, known as the Packing Plant (across from Dozen). I am also a former member of the Carpenters Union and a current member of the SAG local (I was a series regular on a CMT show: "Still the King")..

Am i crazy? well sure, if one were to define craziness as a willingness to make themselves vulnerable to the whims of crowd attacks to stand up for what they believe. Thats me!

I met John at Dozen Bakery several months ago and was wondering if we could have a coffee breakfast and then I could give him a nickel tour of my building across the street while delivering my philosophy of increased access and standing up for this town where I grew up.

I think John is a great candidate, so id love to set an hour appt, where we can have a chat and share our visions.

Walk Bike Nashville Mayoral Forum Criteria


Thank you for hosting the first mayoral forum of the season. 

Im a strong advocate for transit solutions and better sidewalks and active in my community to expand both networks, and was wondering what the criteria were that decided who was invited to the forum?


Jon Sewell


Hi Jon,

Thank you for your support for sidewalks and transit. We would love to have you fill out our Mayoral Candidate Questionnaire -- which is attached and at this link. We will be posting these on our website and sending them out to our listserve later this week. 

As for the forum, per the IRS Election Year Issues publication: "Many times, the number of legally qualified candidates for a  particular office is so large that an IRC 501(c)(3) organization may determine that holding a debate to which all legally qualified candidates were invited would be impractical and would not further the educational purposes of the organization"

We felt this was the case given that our forum was only an hour long and covered a wide range of transportation issues. 

The IRS then states that if this is the case a  501(c)(3) can use " adopted reasonable, objective criteria for determining which candidates to invite."

For our forum we used the following criteria

  • Candidate had a functioning campaign website

  • Candidate had appeared in one of the several recent stories by Nashville's major news outlets about the Mayoral race

  • Candidate had raised campaign funds.

There were only four candidates that met that criteria.

Thanks for your interest. 

Nora Kern

Executive Director

Walk Bike Nashville