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Nashville's Growth Brings More Duplexes -- Sky Arnold

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Nashville, Tenn -- The sound of progress isn't always as sweet if you live by it.

Just ask Daniel Ryan.

He's seeing two homes built on his East Nashville street but both of them are a new type of duplex known as a horizontal property regime that involves placing two homes on a lot that used to hold one.

"They look like shoeboxes that are stacked on top of each other," said Ryan.

In Nashville it's legal to put a duplex on a lot that previously held one home  if the area is already zoned for duplexes and doesn't have a historic or conservation overlay

They're becoming popular all over Nashville's Core even though some neighbors don't like them.

"A lot of these lots are really narrow and these duplexes stretch so close to the existing houses and they  don't fit at all and I think it's intrusive to the neighbors next door," said East Nashville resident Leah Missik.           

The people behind the homes see them as a solution to a growing problem for Nashville.

The US Census recently rated Nashville as the 7th fastest growing community in the country.

Village Real Estate Agent Jessica Demas says the HPR's are helping more people be able to find a home in Nashville's urban core.
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 "There's a need because the population is growing so much. There's only so many homes in a neighborhood so when more people wanna be in that neighborhood you have to build more homes so this helps a lot," said Demas.