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An Excerpt from when Tom Lee of Civic-Point met with Nashville Mayor Megan Barry

The US Census says 654,610 people live in Nashville. That’s 51,000 more than just five years ago. Put another way, 2/3 of Tennessee counties don’t have as many people as Nashville added since 2010.

A quiet, prosperous merchant town where folks once thought the Grand Ole Opry a little too… country…has become a city of the world.

1 in 8 born in another country…2 in 5 nonwhite…America’s most popular bachelorette party destination and second-most popular city for millennials.

It didn’t happen overnight. Nashville long ago got used to mayors born elsewhere. A native hasn’t been elected mayor in 30 years.

But Megan Barry is something else altogether. Educated a teacher, she came here for graduate school in the midst of the 1990s recession …married a Vanderbilt professor, raised a son…worked in corporate ethics…raised money for dozens of nonprofits at her Belmont Hillsboro home filled with modern art… got elected to Nashville’s Metro Council…and, in 2015, beat a 7-candidate field to become Nashville’s mayor.

We met in the office of the mayor, where, for the first 79 years of Nashville’s historic courthouse, only men sat behind the desk.

View the original article posted on Civic-Point’s website.