The word for District 1 is parity. District 1 has been in the national spotlight lately, and not for positive reasons. It has one of the highest crime rates in the state, and many underperforming schools.
According to District 1 candidate, Jonathan Hall, all that the area needs is to be treated the same as the rest of Nashville.
“I’ve really been pushing the fact that District 1 needs parity,” said Hall. “This will be the 5th council person in 3 years- we definitely need stability.”
In the district, Hall is the epitome of stability. “I’m committed to this district,” he said. “I was raised in it; I’ve raised my children in it, and plan on being here to raise my grandchildren in it.”
Once best known for being the son of the beloved Channel 4 weatherman, Bill Hall, who passed away in 2011; Jonathan is a dedicated father and community member. Hall sits on multiple boards throughout the district, is the Homeowner Association President, volunteers in every school in the district, and is the District Beautification Commissioner.
“There’s a whole host of things that I’m involved in that allows me to hit the ground running on day one,” he said.
Hall has been a fixture at meetings for: city council, budget and finance, and public works; and has worked so closely with the most recent council representative for the area that he is “well aware of each issue we’ve faced, the progress that has been made, as well as the conversation and meetings that have been taken place.”
“We don’t have time to train someone new; we don’t have time to wait for candidates that have never participated in anything in the district to familiarize themselves with other parts of the district.”
According to Hall, the race for District 1 is just like getting a knock on your door at 3 am in the morning. “If it’s 3 am and someone knocks on your door and says, ‘Hey, you don’t know me, but you might have seen me around the neighborhood. Can I get a key to your house? Don’t worry you can trust me.’ What are you going to tell them?”
“Well, the same way that you would respond to that is the same thing that happens when someone you have never seen working in the community, never participated in a community event, never put any time into community; comes to you because it is an election cycle and says, ‘Give me your vote, give me your money, let me have some say in your property rights and in your school.’ It’s just as preposterous as one as it is for the other.”
District 1 has the greatest amount of undeveloped land in the city, and yet it receives the fewest amounts of resources.
“We absolutely deserve better, and we have a plan,” said Hall. “Our goal as a District is that we need parity. We need the same, not more, not less; just do for us that you’ve done for everybody else already.”
“The same way you found money for General Hospital, you can find money for Bordeaux Hospital. The same way you found money to put down for a soccer stadium, is the same way you can find money for us. We need sidewalks, don’t put us at the bottom of the list because it’s new sidewalks, put us at the top of the list because we’ve waited so long, and because I know you have $70 million in a sidewalk fund.”
“We have some of the worst schools in the city, cheapest property value, least amount of city investment, and the least amount of private investment and we’re 3 times again bigger than any other district in the city.”
“District 1 is the only place that has every interstate access point; with mountain views and river views on both sides. Yet, we’re also the district where the average person spends about $8,000 each year leaving you leave to shop, you leave to eat, you leave to work, and you leave to pay bills. All the money goes out and little to none comes in; that’s got to change.”
Jonathan Hall says that the goal for him is to raise the property values and the median income in the district, and bring smart growth and development to those areas that want it and protect and preserve the areas that don’t.
“The smart way to accomplish that is not to reinvent the wheel, but to do what we have seen the city do everywhere else.”
In other words, District 1 needs parity.