NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The small signs have been posted all over Nashville, but the Nashville Needs Sidewalks movement was started by one lady who made the sign and put it on her stroller.
“I kept one on my stroller and I had one on my backpack for a while,” Stacy Dorris told News 2 and that’s how the buzz started for her campaign.
She said when people asked, “I would just give them one or when if they emailed me directly I would just mail them out to them. It kind of snow balled and became a thing where people would write to me every couple of days and I would mail a few out.”
Now you can see her signs in Hillsboro Village, 12South, east Nashville and Green Hills.
“It’s really exciting for me. Of course to see them out and about.”
Dorris noticed the need for walkability in Nashville when she moved to town from New York.
“I would say I turned my sort of desire for better walkability into more of an advocacy position once I had children and I recognized I literally couldn’t get around with my stroller. I couldn’t take my children for walks and feel safe and feel good about it,” she said.
Dorris believes more sidewalks will not only help with walkability, but safety, Davidson County’s high obesity rate and that they will help alleviate traffic in a city that is rapidly growing.
“I think it’s because of the density issue and the rapid development. People are really wanting to have sidewalks put in with that density,” said Dorris.
Her movement has received some backlash online. Naysayers claim sidewalks are too expensive and others state that they aren’t used much, but Dorris and her supporters aren’t giving up on their push.