active citizen:

A member of a community who actively contributes to its wellbeing.

active transportation:

Any self-propelled, human-powered mode of transportation, such as walking or bicycling. (source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)


Contains multiple homes that are individually leased out.

built environment:

The aspect of the environment that’s made by humans. This includes buildings, roads, sidewalks and any other infrastructure. (source: Shaping the Healthy Community)


An inhabitant of a city or town. (source:


Behavior in terms of the duties, obligation, and functions of a citizen. (source: 

condominium (condo):

Contains multiple homes that are individually owned.


The central area or main business and commercial area of a town or a city.


A stand alone building that contains two homes.


What makes a person who they are.  For example: role in a family, hobbies, religion, background, and physical characteristics are all a part of our identity.

multi-family home:

A building that contains multiple homes.

participatory budgeting:

community members directly decide how to spend a part of a public budget

private transportation:

Any transportation service that is restricted to certain people and is therefore not open to the public. (source: BTS Transportation Dictionary)

public transportation:

Buses, trains, subways, and other forms of transportation that charge set fares, run on fixed routes, and are available to the public. (source:

public housing communities:

Government owned housing communities that are offered at a low cost based on a person’s income.  Low income requirements must be met to live in these communities.

rental assistance voucher programs:

Vouchers that assist people in renting privately owned housing.  Low income requirements must be met to receive these vouchers.

rural neighborhood:

An area generally located outside towns and cities. Typically, they have a low population density, and small settlements.

single family home:

Stand-alone homes for one family.

suburban neighborhood:

A residential or mixed use area that exists as a separate community within commuting distance of a city.


Attached homes that are typically tall and thin.

transect zone:

An area of land where the built conditions are similar. 

urban/community design:

The arrangement and design of buildings, public spaces, transport systems, services, and amenities.  It is the process of giving form, shape, and character to groups of buildings, to whole neighborhoods, and the city. (source: The Center for Design Excellence)

urban neighborhood:

An area with a high population and building density.

Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA):

Nashville’s government funded agency that provides affordable housing and community development programs.

Metropolitan Transit Authority:

Provides public bus services to Davidson County.

Regional Transit Authority:

Provides public transportation between Downtown Nashville and the surrounding counties through buses, trains, and vanpools.