We bring together neighborhood leaders and organizations, community partners, and other stakeholders to collaborate on issues relevant to our local neighborhoods.
Directory of Neighborhood Organizations
The directory contains contact information for neighborhood organizations across Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County. The following types of organization are welcome to register:
crime watch programs
resident and condominium associations
coalitions of neighborhood groups
other neighborhood-specific groups
Neighborhood organizations are invited to register on an annual basis to ensure that the most current information is available to the public.
Biennial Census of Neighborhood Organizations
The purpose of the Biennial Census of Neighborhood Organizations (census) is three-fold:
To reveal which neighborhood organizations are active and their level of resident engagement
To collect contact information for each organization
To identify the top issues facing our neighborhoods today
In 2021, Neighbor 2 Neighbor (N2N) conducted its biennial Census of Neighborhood Organizations (census) under the Direction of Jeremiah Dameron, our volunteer Census Project Coordinator. Eighty-three neighborhood organizations throughout Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County participated in the census, which was used as the basis for our inaugural State of Metro Neighborhoods Report released in 2022.
The next census will begin in April 2023.
State of Metro Neighborhoods Report
On August 15, 2022, Neighbor 2 Neighbor released its inaugural State of Metro Neighborhoods Report. The 36-page report outlines the top challenges facing our local neighborhoods, including rapid development, neighborhood safety, litter and illegal dumping, disaster preparedness and recovery, and the lack of engaged neighbors and willing leaders. The report is significant in that it speaks to the breadth and depth of these challenges.
"This report is confirmation of the significant challenges facing our neighborhoods today," stated N2N Executive Director Jim Hawk, "It doesn't matter if you live in a neighborhood within the urban core, a suburban neighborhood, or down a country lane, major changes are happening."
The State of Metro Neighborhoods Report comes out of N2N's biennial Census of Neighborhood Organizations conducted last year during the pandemic. The chairs or designates of over 77 neighborhoods organizations across Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County participated in the work leading up to the report. Quotes and stories from 15 neighborhood leaders are included. Highlights include the following:
79% of responding neighborhood organizations rapid development as a top issue facing their neighborhood
75% of the responding organizations indicated that neighborhood safety concerns are a top issue
Litter and illegal dumping are significantly impacting the quality of life in many neighborhoods
Most neighborhoods are not prepared for a major disaster (flood, tornado, train derailment, etc.)
We need caretakers in every neighborhood striving to preserve and improve the place where they live
The full report is available for download below.
The next report will be released in 2024.
Metro Planning Think Tank
Improving Nashville's Neighborhood Engagement in Land-Use Decision-Making
Many residents from across Davidson County increasingly feel overwhelmed by the rapid development in their neighborhoods and frustrated in their attempts to understand and engage in the process.
Neighbor 2 Neighbor organized and facilitated a think tank with 28 neighborhood and community leaders meeting from August 2018 to June 2019, to closely examine the metro planning process.
During their time together, the leaders identified over 50 barriers to resident and neighborhood participation and engagement. The culmination of their work is the White Paper commissioned by Neighbor 2 Neighbor, "Improving Nashville's Neighborhood Engagement in Land-Use Decision-Making.”
The White Paper provides a blueprint (or road map) outlining a new approach that cities across the country are taking to better engage local residents and neighborhoods in the planning and approval process. It offers numerous recommendations that would significantly reduce current barriers to resident and neighborhood engagement.