FERRIER FILES: Bordeaux has desire for growth


When Metro needed a dump, it chose Bordeaux.

When it needed prisons, animal control, an infectious disease hospital, pretty much anything the rest of the city doesn't want, it goes to Bordeaux.

In Bordeaux, even a preliminary meeting on a housing project gets a big skeptical crowd.

“We have been the land that Nashville forgot,” said longtime resident and criminal court officer Carlton Crutchfield.

Although Bordeaux has thousands of working people, it has never had one sit-down restaurant.

“We are always told we don’t have the rooftops, we don’t have the density,” said Jonathan Hall, one of the driving forces behind the District 1 leadership council.

Hall is the son of the late and beloved weatherman Bill Hall and the middle of three generations of homeowners in Bordeaux.

“We have the largest district in the city,” Hall said. "We out-vote everyone in this city. We have undeveloped land. We have interstate access points. We have a desire to grow smart."

Bordeaux is the epitome of the working middle class with 97 percent of it's resident in single family brick homes.

“There are professionals here, middle class folks...nice homes,” Crutchfield said. "We just wanted to be treated like people in 12 South or Green Hills. We want to be treated well."

The District 1 Leadership council has become a kind-of community watchdog following money and projects. Mayor Barry and MDHA are currently using flood money to build single-family homes in the Bordeaux area.

“You understand why people are skeptical,” Hall said. "We have a history of being left out."

Every meeting is well attended with lots of questions.

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