Nashville connector to bridge racial divide

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nashville is breaking ground on a bridge that will begin to reunite neighborhoods that were separated along racial lines over 40 years ago.

The bridge will give the historically black area of north Nashville, home to Tennessee State University, Fisk University and Meharry Medical College, a better link to the affluent West End, home to Vanderbilt University, HCA, several hospitals and Centennial Park.

Officials broke ground Tuesday on the $18 million 28th Avenue Connector, which should be ready in 18 to 24 months, according to The Tennessean.

Mayor Karl Dean said the bridge already is spurring development.

A mixed-use office complex called One City has been approved for 18 acres adjacent to the connector and another nearby lot is being prepared for development.

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