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The homeless camp continues to grow in Brookmeade Park & Greenway, adjacent to property owned by Lowes, next to the Cumberland River making it so the taxpayers from Davidson County do not feel safe to use and enjoy this beautiful space in their Nashville community. Mayor Cooper and the Continuum of Care Homelessness Planning Council should be cleaning up this area and compassionately housing and caring for the people in this camp.
For the last decade, Nashville's Brookmeade Greenway along with neighboring land are being used as a homeless camp. Their numbers have been consistently and quickly growing in recent years and spilling over into surrounding areas including the Charlotte Pike exit 201 ramp, *** Cabot Road, River Road, Gower Road, Old Charlotte Pike and West Meade private property.
While there are some people living in the camp who are not a danger to the community, this park and the area surrounding have become a hazardous and unlawful place with open fires routinely burning unattended, dead rats, dogs tied to trees, discarded needles, trash and human waste accumulating and flowing into the Cumberland River, open drug use, drug dealing and public intoxication & loitering inside and around local restaurants. It has also become a landing pad for traveling homeless as it is situated right off I-40.
Lowes cleared all foliage & brush on their property starting July 24, 2021, merely moving and condensing the homeless camp to occupy more of Brookmeade Park.
We, the community of West Nashville, have been repeatedly communicating our concerns with our local area Council Representatives Druffel, Rosenburg & Hausser for many, many years. We insist the city of Nashville now communicate with us and the people living in this camp their efficient and swift action to care for and house the homeless there and return to the Davidson County citizens our beautiful park and greenway.
The homeless camp (Brookmeade Park) is in Dave Rosenburg's district.
Thom Druffel and Gloria Hausser have the adjacent districts.
Lowes is building a fence behind their building which will undoubtedly be cut open to ease access to their store where access to propane is made easier as well as thousands of dollars worth of lumber, copper, tools, etc. can be easily stolen which is happening on a regular basis. We talk to employees. We talk to cops. We know.
Note the number of tents directly behind.
This is typically the most dangerous part of an encampment as it is the furthest point from the front.