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Urban sprawl spreads toward ShelbyvillePosted Friday, June 6, 2008, at 9:10 AM
I passed through Franklin quite a bit a few weeks ago while my father was in a Nashville hospital.
And I particularly noticed the large homes and SUVs, along with the new Nissan headquarters and flashy office buildings along I-65.
Quite a difference from Shelbyville and Bedford County and our nice, but mostly less opulent, homes.
I wonder if Franklin will grow large enough in the next few years that it'll stretch down Cox Road in Williamson County, which almost needs to be widened to make our access to I-65/Cool Springs/south Nashville easier?
It's becoming easier to reach Nashville that way than through crowded Murfreesboro and up I-24.
Murfreesboro has reached 100,000 population, according to a special census released recently. It wasn't that many years ago the 'Boro was only slightly larger than Shelbyville is now.
There's been talk of Murfreesboro annexing Christiana. I wouldn't be surprised to see Murfreesboro's city limits border the Bedford County line someday.
We still have wide open spaces in northern Bedford County -- for now, even though subdivisions continue to sprout.
Does Shelbyville's future include becoming a suburb of Murfreesboro? I wonder.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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