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  1. 3 points
    It already looms large on that hill. It'll be nice to get the bike lane back when this is done.
  2. 3 points
    Happy to see this. Davidson St. already has bike lanes on both sides, of course. Although I can't say I've ever had issues with vehicle traffic when I use the Davidson St bike lanes (traffic on that street tends to be pretty light, especially on weekends), it's more the condition of the bike lanes that I have an issue with. The Davidson St. bike lanes, like most of Nashville's bike lanes, are rarely if ever "cleaned" or swept. A lot of Davidson St.'s traffic is industrial and the bike lanes are left to collect the rocks, glass, sticks and trash that get blown into them by the adjacent vehicle traffic. Not good for bike tires. I've seen many a cyclist changing flats along that stretch.
  3. 3 points
    Notable news out of the Planning Commission. Towery Development had their SP on 16th Ave S passed tonight despite the recent "moratorium" that was placed on zoning changes. This was an empty lot that sits in the South Music Row Historic Conservation Overlay. Clearly, the moratorium isn't iron clad. At the meeting they seemed to back off the absolute moratorium that seemed to have been placed a few weeks ago. This project itself is fairly small, only accounting for 10,000 sq feet of office space, but that office space is needed and it fills one of the only empty lots along Music Row.
  4. 3 points
    ^Hey, looks like a nice place to go panning for gold.
  5. 2 points
    From the TN article, quoting someone at the planning commission meeting opposed to the Bristol 12South project: "One resident even said she'd prefer the return of a drug dealer who used to live nearby when she first moved to the area in 1986." I simply don't understand that kind of thinking. http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/2015/04/24/south-development-denied-mat-kearney-among-opponents/26301669/
  6. 2 points
    Was at the hockey game last night. A couple of Chicago fans said they really like Nashville. They are looking to move somewhere new and really like what they saw here. Naturally, I told them not to be fooled by the TV shows. Most of Nashville is a crime infested drug land, and you would have to be a fool to want to live here. We spend our entire annual budget on lower Broadway just to get some tourism dollars down here. I hear Detroit is making a comeback.
  7. 2 points
    The size is an issue, so is the location, right where the 12 South narrows, traffic is already really slow there. It's interesting that a recent survey in the neighborhood (commissioned by the homeowners association) showed that 84% disagreed (or strongly disagreed) with the notion that there are too many retail businesses along 12 South. 83% disagreed (or strongly disagreed) that there are too many restaurants along 12 South. 63% want more restaurants. 71% want more retail. 75% don't want residential only new developments. 58% never have trouble parking near their homes with 33% sometimes having trouble. Only 9% often or always had trouble parking. The other side of this is 80% see the need for more commercial parking along 12 South. I think these results caught the board by surprise.
  8. 2 points
    Bordeaux House where Jesse James "the bandit" lived, now for sale. https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153248580008288
  9. 2 points
    Founders is asking to put up a bunch of new lighted signs on its expansion. I saw this cool aerial rendering in the package showing the whole complex:
  10. 2 points
    We just went under contract, premarket, over list, on our project at 1609 22nd Ave N in the North Fisk Neighborhood. 1850 Square Feet, 1930 Craftsman. Got another project ongoing at 1827 Heiman 2/2 1050 square feet. Will list for 150K .... super affordable, considering what everything else costs these days.
  11. 2 points
    Someone mentioned traveling down 3rd street using Google Maps in another thread (a while back).
  12. 2 points
    Thought I would share this picture I took today from the park that shows both projects under construction.
  13. 2 points
    I prefer "The Yard" to "Ivanhoe Place".
  14. 1 point
    Once upon a previous boom, there was a proposal on this same lot. Here were some of the renderings to give an idea of what this could end up looking like:
  15. 1 point
    and they have a website now too http://www.ascendamphitheater.com/
  16. 1 point
    Another beautiful day Uptown. Snapped a couple pics on my walk today of Embassy Suites. Looks like their ground floor going to be pretty spacious i'd say.
  17. 1 point
    I personally think, with the surging interest in the stonewall corridor, and just across the highway in SouthEnd, the plan will become more and more feasible. I think we are less than a decade away from this kind of project being truly considered. Personally I prefer the CAP being on the North East side of the city, I feel like that area could use the mojo more, and there'd be a narrower gap to fill. See below attached to see the plan for that cap.
  18. 1 point
    It didn't come through well in the text, but as I typed it I muttered "gentleman" as Seinfeld would say "Newman" if that makes you feel any better.
  19. 1 point
  20. 1 point
    I'm fine for more towers, I just think it may be time to build to spec as condos and not apartments.
  21. 1 point
    Well, I mock both complaints, for what it's worth.
  22. 1 point
    I think this speaks to the fact that there is a rather small and loud group of people in the neighborhood who are against nearly all new development. Most of the neighbors that I've spoken with are pretty reasonable - they understand that all of 12th will eventually be developed and just want the stretch from the proposed Bristol development to 440 to be moderately sized mixed use that generally fits in with the character of the neighborhood. Everything closer to Wedgewood will likely be denser, as will all of the development on 8th, and I think most people are fine with that. There are a handful of people who have spoken out against the Special Olympics development, but that is going to happen regardless. Speaking of that survey, one of the most universally expressed opinions (82% in favor) was dropping the speed limit on all of the side streets to 20mph. Now that is an issue I could get behind.
  23. 1 point
    Right. You can see in the photo the line that separates the old concrete basement of Cain Sloan from the new excavation. It was backfill down to that point, then you can see where blasting began and has continued to go deeper. Another blast just went off while I'm typing this!
  24. 1 point
    A gentleman posted this to EN FB page...I kept thinking 'Down goes Diner!!' to the tune of 'Down goes Frazier!!" When I first saw this pic
  25. 1 point
    I heard on NPR this morning one of the interviewees who was happy about this getting canned; He said it would have been a skyscraper for the neighborhood. I just shook my head.
  26. 1 point
    I had no idea the James gang was ever in Nashville. Great historic trivia for sure. I am glad they want to save it.
  27. 1 point
    I ate Jeni's Wednesday night. Saw that news release Thursday morning.
  28. 1 point
    I think most of the people there thought that it was oversized for the neighborhood. If that same project was proposed for the area on 12th around Wedgewood then I think it would have passed. Bristol originally planned for 4 levels and backed that off to 3. That likely wasn't enough. They are trying to maximize their profits, but for this to have a chance at redevelopment I think they are going to have to do a fourth of the number of units with row houses and a couple thousand square feet of retail on the southern end of the land. There were some people there that complained about it not having retail in the base, and one of the Commissioners made a similar comment. Bristol probably should have gone back to the drawing board when the first one was turned down instead of just taking a floor off.
  29. 1 point
    It looks like the Comcast acquisition of TWC is not going to happen, which is good news for the Charlotte job market--Comcast would have axed and/or relocated quite a few Charlotte employees.
  30. 1 point
    I'd like to submit these images from January for the historical record.
  31. 1 point
    Blasting continues at 5th/Church. This hole is getting seriously deep. With all the rain, we have our own little Lake Palmer starting downtown.
  32. 1 point
    Nicholson streetcar project to get federal assistance via new pilot program The federal government will soon be helping city-parish officials bring together Baton Rouge residents, real estate developers, philanthropic foundations and land-use experts to identify ways to bring an idea for a streetcar line along Nicholson Drive to fruition. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced today that Baton Rouge is among seven U.S. cities that will receive technical assistance via the department’s new LadderSTEP pilot program. The assistance does not come with any funding. The six other cities to receive assistance through the pilot program are Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Indianapolis, Phoenix and Richmond, Virginia. “The Nicholson Drive corridor is poised to be completely transformed by the transportation and development projects we have in the works, and this technical assistance means the U.S. Department of Transportation recognizes its potential,” says Mayor Kip Holden in a prepared statement. “As we develop the new streetcar line on Nicholson and implement our Complete Streets standards, their assistance will not only provide valuable support but is critical to its success.” The idea for a streetcar between the LSU campus and downtown Baton Rouge is part of the FuturEBR master plan, and it was initially announced in early 2014. Since then, city-parish officials have been working to identify possible funding sources. https://www.businessreport.com/article/nicholson-streetcar-project-get-federal-assistance-via-new-pilot-program
  33. 1 point
    Here's one of the ballpark. It doesn't even look like the same plot of land! If someone was in a coma from 2011 through 2017, they wouldn't recognize the southern half of uptown.
  34. 1 point
    I tried that but for some reason they stopped me. I decided flying our drone from Romare Bearden park would work a little better.
  35. 1 point
    There is actually a history of rail(yard) in Ivanhoe. This is why I prefer the reference here. Place = anywhere.
  36. 1 point
    What about something as grand as this? I know, too many platforms for charlotte, but this is in Berlin. It has a metro area roughly 2.5 times the size of ours, but ours is twice as dense. Charlotte, while it may not be the largest city in the Southeast, could become an important hub for intercity rail, as is Berlin. The station itself has two levels of platforms, one above ground, and one below. Charlotte could have 3, one below ground for access to NS mainline (would require tons of money), one at ground level for LYNX services and CATS buses, and one above ground for trains to wilmington and Monroe. I personally believe it is one of the nicest looking stations in the world. Now, if all the plans go through, we could have rail service from Charlotte along 5 routes. Charlotte --> Raleigh (and North East) Charlotte --> Atlanta (and Midwest) Charlotte --> Asheville (via Salisbury) Charlotte --> Columbia (And FL) Charlotte --> Wilmington And some potential Commuter lines: Charlotte --> Lake Norman/Morresville (If upgraded enough, Asheville bound trains could run on this line) Charlotte --> Salisbury (NCRR) Charlotte --> Gastonia Charlotte --> Monroe Charlotte --> Rock hill (stretching it?) My point is, we need something that won't look like a shed, and maybe something a little bit more than a bridge.
  37. 1 point
    Based on our experience in Nashville, I would agree that earlier migrations from cities were based in part on cities' undesirability-crime, pollution, etc.- and suggest that the recent trend, if there is really one, is because of cities' desirability-desirability that has caused housing price increases that force people out of the urban market.
  38. 1 point
    See, look at those tile floors! http://www.rapidgrowthmedia.com/devnews/042315InterphaseBlue35.aspx
  39. 1 point
  40. 1 point
    Hardee's thinking about moving their HQ here. http://www.tennessean.com/story/money/2015/04/22/hardees-scouts-nashville-headquarters/26219127/
  41. 1 point
    Not sure I've seen anyone lamenting "28,000"...but 10k+ would have been nice.
  42. 1 point
    It's a complicated issue. I think it is possible for a county to include suburban and exurban elements. For the most part, the county seats surrounding Nashville are exurban. They existed long before suburbanization, and when that came, it grew around the city rather than towards Nashville. Examples: In Wilson County, Mount Juliet and Green Hill (a CDP) are decidedly suburban. They grew up in the auto age and have exploded literally right on the edge of the county. It is primarily residential and retail. Lebanon, on the other hand, is an old small town with a traditional town square, and most development is centered around the town, not towards Nashville (though they have annexed a lot towards Nashville). It is not physically connected to the Nashville urban area, unlike Mount Juliet (which begins immediately past Hermitage). In Sumner County, Hendersonville is a classic auto age white flight suburb (I don't mean that as a derogatory term -- just basing that on history) right on the county line. It's like a more mature Mount Juliet -- primarily residential, with a decent amount of retail. Gallatin seems to be in transition to me. In the 90s, it was considered quite a haul to get to Gallatin. Physically separate from Hendersonville, and with employment and amenities of its own. But now with all of the (rather nice, btw) development that is starting to bridge the gap between Hendersonville and Gallatin, it is starting to act a little more like a far out suburb. It could eventually transition just like Franklin has. In Williamson County, Brentwood is definitely a suburb, despite having a large employment base of its own. Like Hendersonville, it grew up right on the county line in the 70s-80s. I would say that Franklin used to be exurban, but with the growth of Cool Springs, has become a suburb. Even though Cool Springs is a hub in itself, the growth of Franklin and the proximity to Nashville (closer than the other county seats), it has a higher level of interaction with Nashville, and there is continuous development from Franklin all the way to Nashville. Spring Hill is an odd bird. I would probably call it exurban, despite it's suburban characteristics. WIth Rutherford County, I think La Vergne and Smyrna are definitely suburban, though they have a bit more industrial/manufacturing (sort of like Brentwood and Franklin have offices) than typical suburbs. Murfreesboro is sort of a hybrid. It is growing towards Nashville. It has its own identity. It has its own employment base, and a large university to boot....but it has a fairly significant commuting population. Subexurban? Or is it/has it grown into a secondary hub (a binary star of sorts)? Or do you consider each of Nashville, Murfreesboro, and Franklin all to be significant hubs (basically, as they are called in the officially metropolitan name, secondary cities)? I'd agree with most of that, though I think the office development won't be significant. At least not in Wilson County. There's a large mass of office space already in Donelson near the airport -- with a standing proposal to add more. If there is any city in the metro (aside from Nashville/Brentwood/Franklin, where the overwhelming majority of office space exists) that I see getting any meaningful amount of office space...my money is on Murfreesboro. It's already happening....though in small pieces right now. The Avenue/Medical Center Pkwy, has a lot more potential than Providence IMO.
  43. 1 point
    Police HQ moving to Jefferson St next to Knock Out [email protected], this is an excellent proposal which will help clean up that side of Jefferson, which IMO would lag behind the development of Jefferson St inside the loop. http://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/blog/real-estate/2015/04/police-hq-move-frees-downtown-real-estate.html
  44. 1 point
    Metro Capital Project- Davidson Street Multi-Use Path http://www.nashville.gov/Public-Works/Capital-Projects/Davidson-Street-Multi-Use-Path.aspx http://www.nashville.gov/Portals/0/SiteContent/pw/docs/projects/DavidsonStreet/ConceptualPlan.pdf
  45. 1 point
    *Manuel Zeitlan the architect *Both parking lots on site will be replaced by buildings *ground level retail *The school building will be renovated!!!! :w00t: :w00t:
  46. 1 point
    Good news! My dad, a retired fire chief, once worked at this hall. I remember hanging out here as a little kid.
  47. 1 point
    Historic Nashville is reporting that the old dilapidated firehall in front of the Gallatin Rd Walmart neighborhood market has been sold to an unnamed coffee shop. That's good news if this structure will remain. https://www.facebook.com/historicnashvilleinc/posts/10153244308268288:0
  48. 1 point
    It was actually James Smithson, a British scientist that requested it and Andrew Jackson who brought the request to Congress. I believe President Polk really got the ball rolling. I drive up to the Smithsonian every year. I love it up there and I'm glad Tennessee's new State Musuem will be near the Bicentennial Mall. Seems like an appropriate location.
  49. 1 point
    I will say Walmart has building new stores down to a science and get them up very quickly. So I'm not sure someone else would be able to come in afterwards. But I'm not here to bash Walmart either. I wouldn't describe them as the evil empire. But in certain instances they can be pretty ruthless though.
  50. 1 point
    I'm sorry if I sound in any way pompous here, but the truth is, if Nashvillians (generally speaking) ever want their city to become the truly vibrant, urban, walkable, multi-functional city that it very much has the potential to be, then they are going to have to get over this obsession with always parking DIRECTLY NEXT to their destination absolutely all of the time.