Code Snitching

In Nashville, it’s become all too common for homeowners to find themselves on the receiving end of spurious fines for alleged code violations — an unnerving pattern rooted in the city’s policies, and weaponized by disingenuous (and gentrifying) neighbors. Radley Balko investigates, in a long and damning feature that embodies exactly why local journalism is so urgently necessary.

Over the past three years, the Metro Codes Department has fielded more than 95,000 complaints. Some complaints concern unkempt vacant lots, abandoned buildings that pose a fire hazard, dumped garbage or cars abandoned in alleyways. Others are requests for the city to remove old signs or debris. But browse the content of the complaints themselves — they’re all conveniently posted and plotted on the city’s “Nashview” site — and you’ll see a lot of complaints from residents about “eyesores,” tall grass, unregistered vehicles, cars parked on grass or houses in need of new paint or siding. You’ll see a lot of neighbors reporting neighbors.

Source: Nashville Scene
Published: Jul 28, 2022
Length: 32 minutes (8,219 words)

Anton Kanevsky Jumped to His Death From a 31-Story Downtown Building. Why?

Haggard looks into the life of a 26-year-old man before his untimely death.

Source: Nashville Scene
Published: Nov 3, 2016
Length: 15 minutes (3,807 words)