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  1. 4 points
    Here is a shot of the 1st ave. stage/park progress from the back taken from the Pedestrian bridge. Looks like it will be a very large park and will be perfect for days like these.
  2. 3 points
  3. 3 points
    I was buzzing around in my private jet yesterday and got this picture. Just kidding. The amount of parking lots is still a little nauseating.I'll be so thrilled when Trinity, Tryon Place, and Crescent are complete.
  4. 2 points
    Agreed, and it's the most infuriating thing about the design of the McDonald's at 12th and Broadway. Most will probably remember that the city and McDonald's corporate duked it out over the post-fire rebuild planning and the requirements of the UDO and Downtown Code. McDonald's eventually won out and built the suburban style building of which it is so fond. One of the most contentious issues was that of the drive-thru layout and the resulting traffic management and pedestrian safety concerns. The city wanted to push the building up to the street along Broadway and move all ingress/egress to 12th, fearing that having cars entering/exiting from two separate, busy streets would cause traffic backups. There were also concerns for pedestrian safety, as the current design has cars wrapping all the way around the building--the only way to walk inside is through vehicle traffic. McDonald's wanted to keep the status quo. And of course, all of the concerns turned into reality. This is what we have now: Drive-thru traffic will enter from Broadway, get stuck in line waiting or merging with traffic from the 12th Ave entrance, and then both block the sidewalk and back up traffic in the right lane on Broadway causing a cascading effect as vehicles try to maneuver around the line. It also inhibits cars parked on the north side parking lot from exiting, creating even more traffic backups. It will only continue to get worse.
  5. 2 points
    I was cutting through the parking lot and got this shot of the Woodfield project on Graham. Sorry about the bit of camera distortion, but I love the density we are getting going over here.
  6. 2 points
    They've coned off all the entrances to the Ascent lot and taken down the old parking fencing. Looks like ground breaking is imminent.
  7. 2 points
    This picture definitely highlights how important those three projects are for center city and right outside the loop... What's interesting though, is that some friends of mine and I were out and about on Friday to take in the NCAA tourney scene since it was in town. After getting off the light rail, we did a lot of walking around between East Blvd and near Morehead (hit up Craft finally, which was awesome). You literally couldn't turn around without walking into an apartment building going up. 135 Morehead is just massive when you walk by it. It's just weird to see of much going up, yet you look at this picture and there is yet so much more opportunity.
  8. 2 points
    I apologize if this has been posted before/is old news, but I stumbled across this website while searching for images of 1212 and feel pretty sure I haven't seen these photos anywhere before. Go surf through the galleries for some breathtaking images of Nashville. http://www.wrikerphoto.com/
  9. 1 point
    so, i am in Dallas for the first time and in nall likelyhood one of the last times.. its a business trip and all, and my hotel is one side of DT, the office I am working in the other... this city is pretty damn huge. its sururban urbanity totally shocking.. i kind of like it in a way, then as walking across a plaza on a office towers property a car drives by...... wait suburban urbanity..... so weird \cant amke the right words but damn, weird on another subject............... recession? building freeze? yeah right. between the 7-11 building annd downtown there were 2 large developments happening. not sure their purpose, but surely improvements are coming. and um, if you like beer, avoid downtown, go to gingerman (6.50 cab)
  10. 1 point
    So apparently the catenary for the streetcar is energized according to the CATS website. Anybody know when CATS is planning to do the clearance test (streetcar towed along route)? The city says it will be at night in the coming weeks. I'm one of those guys who will go out and watch it in the middle of the night if I know when it is happening.
  11. 1 point
    Is anyone going to the press event Wednesday and want to meet up?? I'll certainly give a report on the ride on here afterwards
  12. 1 point
    Yup, it appears no one was happy with how this turned out. http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article15573377.html
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  14. 1 point
    Why didn't the city just tell mcdonalds to F off if they refused to abide by the design guidelines? It's not like this city is so desperate for development that we need to give in to the whims of a stand alone mcdonalds franchise.
  15. 1 point
    I see it the other way. I believe in the good ole saying of "if you build it they will come." If our stadium looked anything like the auto zone park in Memphis, our attendance would go through the roof. There are so many who go to sporting events for the "experience" and not just the game itself. Theres no "experience" factor with this stadium. Better love some baseball, because it looks more bland than some college stadiums. You would think that going to a sounds game, would seem like a huge step up from a Vanderbilt game. Won't be the case with this stadium.
  16. 1 point
    Skyhouse will clearly be the winner. Their construction crews are already experienced in building one.
  17. 1 point
    At least hold judgement until it is finished people. I just don't understand why the members on this site rarely, if ever, have anything positive to say about the developments in the city. I am sure there is a project somewhere we can be positive about? I am not going to say the park is a failure before they even hold one game at it. The lighting sucks in the picture, the field is not finished, the seats are not done, the outfield still needs work, and I am sure there is a long list of other things that need to be finished. Just breath people, it is not done. The features that make this park what it was planned to be are not even represented in this photo. Maybe we would get a better park if attendance was higher. The Isotopes had over 200K more in attendance in 2014. Memphis had 60K more. Also, I am guessing our 2014 numbers were higher due to it being the last year as well. In the Pacific Coast League we were 14 out of 16 in attendance. (51 overall in Minor League)
  18. 1 point
    All subjective observations aside, there is a reason why the 20's and 30's crowd is moving to Raleigh in droves. The city has become hip and the word has gotten out. It has become a cool place to launch a career for a lot of up and coming music artist and creative types, as well as a happening place for craft brews. The tech industry, as we well know, is also starting to boom.
  19. 1 point
    That picture seems ready for some RDF photoshop magic But yes, its insane how many parking lots there still are. I just look at it as more room to grow, and more room for projects in which we can discuss.
  20. 1 point
  21. 1 point
    It's just from one of their construction cams, so it can definitely give a skewed view of the place. I would imagine we should all hold judgment until we see it in person, but it's still pretty easy to see it's not going to be a major "showplace."
  22. 1 point
    Maybe...a little bit.. (Or a lot...) ((Shhhh...))
  23. 1 point
    I hadn't kept up with SEPTA recently, and I had not been aware of that phase-out. "Common-ers" would never have picked up on such a detail. So...I mean this as a term of endearment, but you seem to be a rail phreak (freak) like me (at least in part). Hmmmmm... Either that or you once had been a Navy enlisted officer as an Electrician's Mate, and now you work for an engineering firm specializing in Northeast electrification projects and contracts. That key term "electrification", "electrify" has popped up in several of your past posts over the last year or more. I'm probably not even close (, but what the hell; worth a guess anyway). -==-
  24. 1 point
    Nah. Just set up the crane and materials on the WES site.
  25. 1 point
    A few updates: Facade renovation on the building on Church next to Growler Haus has been completed. Looks much better. Hope we get a business there soon. Broad Street Bellydance is moving to fill the final spot in the old Belk building between Live Fit Now and OEC Graphics. Interior upfit is underway. A medical start-up, Elite Home Care, is putting a meeting center and training facility at 516 East Main (in that row of buildings near the E Main - St John intersection). Good to see one of those buildings occupied, since several are vacant currently. Arizona-based Republic Services’ Carolinas area office has moved into One Morgan Square. It's a small operation at only 10 employees, but I'll take any white-collar jobs we can get. And they moved from Greenville to here, which is always nice. They sound impressed with Spartanburg and committed to staying here long term.
  26. 1 point
    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article15531467.html Howard Levine gives $1 million towards the Carolina Theater renovation. They're at $25.8 million of their $35 million goal. Almost there!!! Will they need to reach that $35 mil goal before they even start work? Or could they start sooner?
  27. 1 point
    Took a ride through town tonight for the first time in a while and couldn't help but notice how dark 1212 is. Other than the occasional apartment room, it was virtually unlit and invisible. Was there supposed to be any sort of exterior lighting on this building? Maybe they're still working on it?
  28. 1 point
    The foreseeable future holds only for DT circulator use, around Nashv'l, for short distances and confined range. The practicability of self-contained electric vehicles, particularly in commercial or public transport applications, likely decreases exponentially with the increase in mass of the vehicle, and with the current adaptability provisions to mixed traffic, I seriously doubt in Nashv'l that self-contained pure electric buses will replace diesel- or gasoline-hybrid versions of such vehicles or even natural- or LP-gas-powered versions, all of which have worked predictably well in the municipalities which have used them, in any deployment other than short circulating routes. If the transportation plan of Green Hills ever gets underway, with the concept of a transit hub, say, in the area of the proposed Hillsboro HS redevelopment, then the use of such electric vehicles there very likely could and would win a contract, since the proposal entails the use of a circulator route or two to serve the local GH district. With the payload ratings, it just would not be practical ─ not yet anyway ─ for quite a number of years to expect such buses to be utilized on arterial- the cross-town, or even the current secondary routes, nearly all of which (except the cross-towns) have in inbound terminus at MCCentral. The traffic demands and some hills ─ particularly Capitol Hill at Charlotte, where at least a half dozen arterial routes must climb in stop-and-go fashion ─ simply cannot be expected to be sustainable with current technology of electric buses. Even with the high initial expense, electing to plan and to install a trolley-bus system, even on a few routes, would be far more effective in reducing the carbon footprint, even though currently only about 5 US cities (Canada has its own) still utilize these trackless trolleys (Dayton, SF, Seattle, Philly, and Boston-Cambridge-Watertown). During the 1950's and '60s (e.g. Memphis) even until the early '70s (Chicago), many medium and small US cities and towns used trolley buses as a replacement for streetcars. Even these, though, fell on the wayside, primarily as a result of the GM financed National City Lines machinations to drive away the use of all electrically powered public transport vehicles (nearly all of which had been external electric). The the effects of the conspiring to dismantle and replace such systems with motor coaches (diesel- or gasoline powered) had been steady and accelerated long beyond the 1951 succession of failed court appeals against successful litigation of GM's decades-long actions. With the reference to electric motors in trains, specifically locomotive-hauled trains, locomotives which are pure externally powered, electrified include the Amtrak Northeast Corridor trains, Maryland Area Rapid Commuter (the MARC Penn Line), NJTransit, and some SEPTA commuters, and there remain even a few freight lines which have been electrified such as the mineral-hauling Black Mesa & Lake Powell RR in Northern AZ. The overwhelming majority of domestic locomotives, are diesel-electric primarily for one reason: they must be self-powered, as it costs a lot to maintain electrification for RR operations, and it works best when traffic density warrants it for distances limited to under 250 miles. The modern diesel-electric locomotive utilizes an electric transmission, consisting of a main alternator or in some cases a generator (directly shaft driven by the prime mover [engine]), an auxiliary alternator (for excitation of the main alternator "field"), and electric traction motors (directly geared to the axles). This is the only practical manner of delivering power to move a heavy RR train under any conditions, because, unlike trucks and buses which until recently have been primarily diesel-mechanically propelled, the power and torque requirements for utilizing a a torque converter or even a direct clutch, simply cannot be transformed via a mechanical transmission as used on roadway vehicles, as the demand would far exceed the physical characteristics of the transmission components necessary to provide sustained torque and power required for controlling a train. There are a few exceptions of mixed success, the design of which employs a hydrostatic transmission, and these diesel-hydraulic transmission designs for heavy locomotive use are the only exceptions which remain beyond experimental deployment. In any case, electric motors can and do generate a lot of heat under sustained loads (not the same conditions as for an internal-combustion engine), and loco traction motors require external blower-and-duct cooling to prevent burn-outs at low speeds with heavy tonnage. Current technology for most locos built during the last 30 years provides a electronically regulated variable control of newer 3-phase AC electrical distribution to traction motors, and thus eliminates manual concern for managing load limitations. As far as pure-electric locomotives are concerned (as opposed to diesel-electric), North America simply does not utilize electrification nearly to the extent as Asian and European operations do. In any event, we're talking about practicability, and the purpose of pure external electrification, as opposed to anything else (including battery or fuel cell), is to provide as much power as needed to meet demand, a total separation of concern from providing and maintaining an on-board self-contained power source for large commercial transport vehicles. But digression aside, the introduction of these new fast-charge vehicles should be well worth the test in the targeted application for DT, and in time along limited circuits in regional transit-desert sectors. The concept of "fuel-less" public transport vehicles is not nearly as practical as is applied to private transport, and as I see it, there really is no practical operational advantage in using such technology system-wide, in favor of conventional externally powered electric vehicles. Unless and until dedicated pathways can be established, I do not foresee these things ever being used for main-stream runs along farther distances (if then), and by the point in time the concept of inductive charging could be deployed on a practical basis, with respect to capital outlay, sustainability, and politics, I would project that only some kind or urban rail (with trolley or pantograph overhead pick-up), trackless trolley, or the ever-evolving diesel-hybrid vehicle for BRT would be far more practical in the long run and FOR the LONG runs. These new zero-emissions electric fast-charge buses can be best suited for the limited patronage expected with two of the current (but also questionable if not struggling) Nº 60/61 Blue/Green Circuit Free Rides, and I am optimistic that they should perform well on those routes, as there does appear to be a market niche to be filled in this limited application. We just shouldn't be getttin' "tore" up, though, if one of those things ends up behind MTA's "big-bruiser", the tow truck. -==-
  29. 1 point
    I think it would be cool if it changed color depending on the weather like it did originally. of course then they could change it like att and omni to match events in town. which id also be ok with
  30. 1 point
    I'll never forgive Gaylord, either, for closing Opryland and replacing it with a crummy mall. They didn't even give us any warning so we could go just one last time. To make matters worse, the next Gaylord president after the one who closed Opryland said that if he had been in charge at the time, he would've kept Opryland open. It wasn't losing money, after all; it just wasn't making as much money as they figured a mall would make. Anyway, I agree that the old superspeedway in Gladeville would be the perfect location for a new theme park. The infrastructure is already there, and goodness knows Wilson County would give away the farm to lure a theme park to the county.
  31. 1 point
    That picture makes me sick. I would like to think that some day this type of architecture will make a return, but I wonder if such architecture will ever be fashionable again. I am beginning to see some trend toward a neo-brutalism, if I may use the term, in modern architecture; however I have seen no return to the late nineteenth/early twentieth century architecture. Is it just too cost prohibitive?
  32. 1 point
    I'm glad I'm not the only one disappointed here. Our ATT park looks great in comparison... and bigger, although it's probably a third smaller. It sits a lot more prominently on the hill at the edge of downtown. On game day, people walk from blocks around to the game and it's just a fun time. The program barker at the front gate is also fun to hear. She's an institution.
  33. 1 point
    This is absolutely pathetic. I forgot who's responsible for this (design wise), someone please remind me. I've always been a fan and true believer that feeling enclosed at any outdoor event makes that event much better, particularly with sports. Now obviously there's limitations to how enclosed you can feel with only 10,000 seats, but materials and massing will go a long way. This ish looks like little league. Why not eliminate seating as you approach the foul pole, stack that additional seating and create a back drop with the suites that are well above concourse level? This park is awkward. Pringles Park in Jackson looks better holding hands with Delta Faucet and I-40. I'm an urban planner and believe me at times I think *quickly* designing and approving something is the right move to spur development, particularly in a situation like this to where this $75 or so million can be replaced in 30 years, but good grief this is a fail. The surrounding area could very well create or recreate an urban feel, but this stadium isn't going to help it much, if anything this amount of taken space might keep any cohesive walkable urban fabric from solidifying. I'm ranting, but I generally try to take the good out of every situation, because you're stuck with it. I've commonly used the "balling on a budget" line for why some developments simply look like crap, but this isn't one of those situations.
  34. 1 point
    To be fair, we're not exactly getting a good representation of the finished product here. A little sunshine and more grass will paint a much prettier picture. Also, let's not forget this photo doesn't include the joint centerpieces that will make this ball park special--the score board and the Nashville Skyline.
  35. 1 point
    If only we had a source from inside the ATT building to verify this...
  36. 1 point
    Don't think these photos were ever posted... the floodwall along First Avenue.
  37. 1 point
  38. 1 point
    And I'm shady real estate investor Rob Lowe, and I have cable...
  39. 1 point
    Gaylord needs to check out the Kalahari Resorts and Indoor Waterpark. One similar to the one I've visited near Cedarpoint in Ohio would make a killing here, IMO.

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