If you drive into downtown Nashville from any direction these days, the first thing that catches your eye is the forest of tower cranes—25 of them by Mayor Megan Barry’s last count, worth more than $4 billion in active building permits. Some of them rise more than 300’ into the air.
“Nashville is a place where people say ‘Here’s what can I do for you’, instead of asking what you can do for me, and it shows,” Mayor Barry tells me. “We are the friendliest, warmest, and most welcoming city in America. We’re diverse. We’re progressive. But we’re also pro-business. We still have that small town feel with lots of small businesses that are bringing their creativity and passion here, and it creates this unique culture that you don’t find anywhere else in America.”