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Portney (2003) argues that “no city has yet fully come to grips with the full range of activities and issues that it could confront or would have to confront to begin moving toward becoming more sustainable, even given limitations on knowing what becoming more sustainable means” (178). 

The Richland/ West-End community is a model community within the wider scope of Nashville, with a multitude of resources, most within walking distance, easy access to roads, and strong social capital.  However, there are many more ways this community can improve, including adding more walkways and bikeways for easier, more sustainable transportation options, and less expensive healthy dining options for those who cannot afford to spend much more on dining (such as the young singles living in West-End housing, including interviewee Sydney Peyser).