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  1. 6 points
    Alternate headline: "Positive trends in Millennials' mobility choices spurs need for transportation tax reform"
  2. 3 points
    I like the original bit, but the 1980's add on definitely looks like a 1980's add on, and though it's certainly far from the worst example of architecture from that era, I don't think I'd mind a bit to see that replaced with a bigger and better project. It would be nice to at least preserve the facade from the original structure though.
  3. 3 points
    Ehhhhhhh this is one where I might get kinda upset if they get knocked down. This is 19th century architecture that doesn't suck (trail west). Actually, no, I'd be full on angry.
  4. 3 points
    Couple of shots from 16th Street. I finally had 30 seconds to stop my car rushing from one place to the next.
  5. 3 points
    Noticed this morning that the Renaissance looks like it's being spruced up. On the southern side, it looks like they are covering the horizontal concrete spans with some sort of metallic surface, painting over the red horizontal trim elements with a dark color so they don't stand out any more, and then painting the remaining concrete elements dark grey. All in all it looks to me like a nice refresh that will update the look of the building. Good change, I think.
  6. 2 points
    This probably needs to be moved to another thread fast, before Ron, Kevin, or Daniel steps in to remind us, as reference to that article already has been made in the Trans thread by another member. I will say, while here now and still guilty as charged, that the article does mention briefly and generally "as well as trips within Davidson County" in the dialog of discussion. Light rail (LRT) can still perform a dual role as a core-urban connector, as well as longer-hop commuter movement, if scalable comprehensive expansion is planned early on. Both LRT and HRT systems built as start-ups during the last 40 years have tended to be better performers, in terms of overall passenger-route utilization, if they serve some of the distant sprawl as well as inner local point-to-points, rather than serve merely as pure commuter-rail, in the case of true railroad-compatible commuter trains. What lends the concept of LRT to versatility is its adaptability to hybrid use, just as TriMet MAX has been for LRT in Portland OR. Portland has decided to utilize streetcars as circulators in most recent years in the core (on both sides of the river) to connect with MAX at several points, without having to have transfers at a central terminal, and that makes it that much more versatile. Inherent shortcomings of MAX is that it does not serve outlying corridors extending distances along primarily Interstate paths, as would be to Gallatin, Murf., and along I-65 South, say to Spring Hill. And Portland's single-line true commuter-rail (WES) line does not even come close to its downtown, and instead it connects to MAX at an outlying point In any event, light rail has to be tailored to any region, and it's probably more physically amenable to the current and projected state of Middle-Tenn. and more bang for the buck, than conventional commuter rail ("MCS"-style push-pull or self-propelled Multi-Unit), because the routes would not have to terminate at a "depot" or a point beyond downtown. Rather, they could traverse DT, without tunnels and could provide 2-way travel along two arterial spokes at a time for any designed route, based on regional travel patterns, and if conditions warrant, an inbound along one arterial could be implemented during peaks to divert to a different outbound. In this scenario, the radial "spokes" of logical movements could be leveraged to an advantage, although it would require adequate land area for LRT turns from one roadway onto an intersecting street. Portland has shown that grade separation in the CBD is not necessary (given that traffic can be controlled adequately with 1-way streets). It might even be feasible utilize a combination of Interstate and some existing wide State roadway RoW. During all our lifetimes, super-costly HRT is out of the question. -==-
  7. 2 points
    The 2010 estimated population for the 33 census tracts bounded by 440 to the south and west and 40 to the north on the west side of the river and by 24, Briley Parkway, and the river on the east side (greater East Nashville) is 114,026. Many of these tracts have seen a lot of growth since 2010. http://www.census.gov/2010census/popmap/
  8. 2 points
    ^^Yes...you have to have some type of transportation option in the core before building something that brings thousands into the core from the suburbs each day.
  9. 2 points
    Along interstate lines to Franklin and Gallatin??!! Huh? Do these people even understand what light rail is and how it works? I mean, running it along the interstate to the suburbs is fine I suppose if those are just extensions that connect to an existing larger inter-city rail system, but if the beginning and the end of their plan is just to run a couple half-baked lines along the middle of the interstate only to stop randomly at a point on the interstate somewhere near downtown, then that'd just be a massive waste of money, in my opinion, and would completely miss the point of building a light rail system in the first place. A light rail system should be seen an alternative way to get around the city first, and as traffic relief (a distant) second, in my opinion. Also, thanks for posting the article jkc2j, and welcome to the forum!
  10. 2 points
    Article in Nashville Business Journal on possible transit lines. http://m.bizjournals.com/nashville/blog/2015/10/officials-heres-where-nashville-could-build-light.html
  11. 1 point
    Is the corner segment the part that was added in the 1980s? That' looks sort of like the style of Pancake Pantry.
  12. 1 point
    Here is the full Nashville Light Rail Study, which shows a lot of study with other cities systems (Salt Lake City, Denver, Minneapolis, Phonenix, etc.). Includes a recommended grid on the final page. http://nmotion2015.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/nMotion-LRT-151012_FINAL.pdf
  13. 1 point
    Per the City's incentive grants notes: Still 120 job minimum, but average salary is now slightly higher at $187,350 They are signing 30,000 sq ft at the Capitol Towers in South Park.
  14. 1 point
    Great CBJ article by Will Boye on Maddalon's side of the rezoning story. It makes it sound like there will be 23 townhomes on the site in no time (and no more VL estate). http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/blog/real_estate/2015/10/vanlandingham-owner-stunned-by-city-council-vote.html?ana=e_clt_bn_exclusive&u=jDmEk%2BCKbYnAvaVfOFOlFGXcGSC&t=1445546625
  15. 1 point
    Fresh Hospitality continues to buy, build, invest in Germantown. The company has paid $520,000 for the site at 1306 Third Ave. N (Street Image Below). The site is adjacent to land Fresh Hospitality bought in February, giving the company a combined 0.44 acres to work with (at a combined purchase price of $1.42 million). More immediately in Germantown, Fresh Hospitality is finishing work on the Germantown Market, at 1120 Fourth Ave. N. The building will contain three concepts: I Love Juice Bar, Little Donkey and Cochon Butcher. Those last two are new to Nashville. http://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/blog/2015/10/fresh-hospitality-takes-a-third-helping-in.html Image:
  16. 1 point
    Hmmm... I try to think outside the box. I wonder if this Pohlman and his design team considered bargaining with the city codes department to go up higher than is allowed under current zoning in order to preserve some/all portion of the Market Street apartments. IMHO, that would be a great shell in which to put the 180-room "undisclosed" hotel. Then a 40+ tower could be allowed on the backside, parking lot. Granted, it would be more expensive to build (b.t.w. is there a general rule of thumb for how much more it costs to go higher than the usual 25-30 run of the mill floors for a mixed use tower?); but despite that, it would make for a really cool place that (as this developer says) would be THE place to live and stay. Wish at least the façade could be saved, and much of that is it is a refreshing departure from the sleek and straight glass boxes that have proliferated of late around town.
  17. 1 point
    I figured it was just a matter of time before something like this would come to pass. That whole area between Riverfront Park and the Music City Center is ripe for large-scale development. The Hayes building, just one block to the south of this site, is just the first of several big projects I foresee facing the river in the next 5 years. My theory is there will be string of 20 to 30-story buildings from the southeast corner of 1st/KVB all the way up to the half block just north of the Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge. While there is some history in Market Street Apartments (part of it is a converted warehouse from 1909, the rest was built in 1987), I'm not sure that it there's enough innate historical value for it to be protected. Who knows, perhaps there is a way some of that can be incorporated into the design. I am excited about this project.
  18. 1 point
    How long will the Quiznos in the DC Charlotte Plaza stay open? And what will replace it when they shut down?
  19. 1 point
    Market Street Apartments in danger? If a Michigan developer has their way, we may have another knock down. http://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/blog/2015/10/developers-tee-up-300m-sobro-project.html
  20. 1 point
  21. 1 point
    I also agree with that. I just take exception to the tactic of the reporter's use of a "sensational lure" of a title which doesn't properly represent the point being discussed. -==-
  22. 1 point
    Its still a huge missed opportunity compared to what was originally proposed there (don't break our hearts by digging up those renderings again), but yeah, that is a nicer result than the previous construction photos led me to believe.
  23. 1 point
    Okay... so this is where we can bring something to the table. let's post examples of good 5 lane retail streets and force CDOT's hand. The madness has to stop. CDOT does not have a solution for a decent 5 lane cross section. South Blvd needs it now! mass ave: link 1 link 2
  24. 1 point
    "Millennials to blame for unsafe and deteriorating roads, report says" is terribly misleading and unacceptable, for the content of that article. I think a reporter spankin' is in order, in this case. Neither "Millennials" nor the otherwise transit conscientious should be held culpable for that plight, If any consumer group is to blame, then it should be the older drivers, "normal" in the eyes of the reporter ─ those who drive as singles in gun-boat size vehicles, as well as commercial units which pound and rut the roads. Millennials are the least ones who should be vilified. -==-
  25. 1 point
    Paul Lee posted this link on FB: http://www.eater.com/2015/10/19/9570295/no-tipping-restaurants-faq The benefits of making cash tips is that you don't have to claim all of that income on your taxes, only a certain percentage of your sales (7 or 8% I believe). But frankly most servers don't make more than $25,000/year so their tax liability is pretty low, if anything. The downside is that if you have a bad night and your service is not as good as it could be, your income suffers. But if you go to a restaurant that has a really good chef, the chef's efforts aren't rewarded as much as they should be, only the server sees the gratuity. If you're a good server who likes to make good money, you want to work at a well known busy establishment so you'll get more hours. And if the service declines overall because there's on cash incentive, the owner of the restaurant (if they care) will know about it. And the servers will end up working fewer hours or being sent home early because the crowds dissipate.
  26. 1 point
    I agree. It's a start for the area that is long overdue for an overhaul and real development. I believe from the Fisk University/Meharry Medical College area westward to the entrance of Tennessee State University, that whole area should be revitalized as a college town type of environment. Atlanta saw the benefits of creating the Atlanta University Center area long ago to create a better environment around the cities HBCU's. Nashville should have done the same for Fisk, Meharry and Tennessee State a good 20 years or so ago.. The area from 28th/Jefferson to the I-40 overpass can be developed with dinning (local/chains like Chili's), boutique size stores, and a hotel like a Fairfield Inn Suites, Wyndham Garden, etc. The closest hotels to TSU/Fisk are in Metro Center or Midtown. There should also be an addition of new apartments and possibly condo and townhome developments. The area should be bound by I-40/65 to the east, Clifton Ave or Charlotte Pike to the south, the entire TSU campus area to the west and Heiman Street to the north.
  27. 1 point
    I think it's funny how Virginia Beach and now Hampton have jumped on the "Arts District" bandwagon after seeing what success Norfolk is having with NEON! LOL
  28. 1 point
    Oh, trust me the area in DC where they built that Hyatt Place, isn't either. It is a transitioning neighborhood. Early buyers of condo's in the area are benefitting from lower cost (although lower cost is relative, the cost are too high for most people who grew up in the area or lived there for years), but there is still a crime element to deal with. It is somewhat like how SoBro used to be in that it is a mix of industrial type businesses that are being replaced with more white collar type businesses and the residential portions are certainly going through gentrification (as is practically all of DC).
  29. 1 point
    Interesting take on how people born between 1983-2000 are hurting our road infrastructure in the U.S. http://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/blog/2015/10/millennials-to-blame-for-unsafe-and.html
  30. 1 point
    Most people probably aren't thinking about development potential and pioneering a new area, they're thinking about what they walk or drive by the most and looks ready to move in to right now.
  31. 1 point
    That's cool. I think the Mt Kessler area of Fayetteville would have been really cool location for it. But just glad NWA is finally getting one. I wonder if the Springdale location was chosen because it was a bit more centrally located for the metro.
  32. 1 point
    I think there was a hiccup with the historic tax incentives that sunk it in its q1 form. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  33. 1 point
    The challenge with Greene is I doubt they are designing the bridge across the train tracks to accommodate anything other than road traffic. They would probably need to reinforce the bridge at a later date, but I agree that Greene would be an interesting path at least up to the Russell House as it would fit with the more communal use of the street that USC and Columbia seem to be pushing. The image of a streetcar passing through Foundation Square is pretty neat. Social programs are generally excluded from discretionary spending due to the obligation to pay and the state has a history of cutting spending for education, so I wouldn't hold my breath. That said, there seems to be enough support within the legislature to push through a gas tax. The question is whether Haley will take advantage of the opportunity to increase transit funding and restructure the Transportation Board. There is a genuine need that her base could not really argue with (other than maybe complaining that it places an undue burden on people who are already struggling financially with loss of homes, possessions, etc.)
  34. 1 point
    I just had to share this find. Charlotte street map rocks glasses and pint glasses: http://www.theuncommongreen.com/collections/street-maps-glassware/products/charlotte-street-maps-rocks http://www.theuncommongreen.com/collections/street-maps-glassware/products/charlotte-street-maps-pint
  35. 1 point
    Mainland's development/redevelopment of 6th and Jefferson site continues to solidify with sale of Centerstone building (over a century old former Elliot School building) which will be converted into 75 apartments as part of an overall plan for 250+ units if I recall correctly. Always good to see old structures incorporated tastefully into new plans. http://www.tennessean.com/story/money/homes/2015/10/20/centerstone-sells-germantown-hq-site-58m/74291128/
  36. 1 point
    That's awesome! And now I really want to play Civ. Dammit.
  37. 1 point
    ??? There are trees there, and plenty to provide quite a bit of shade, eventually. They are however young which, believe it or not, is what you want. Older trees cost quite a bit more and every year after initial planting transplanting risk rise, and the weaker the tree becomes after transplanting. For example a typical oak at 8-9 feet may cost around $100, at 18-20 feet that cost likely rises above $1,000. So you end up paying more for a tree that is much more likely to need to be replaced. Also you may not be able to replace that tree with the same species, for example apple trees pretty much cannot be put in holes where apple trees have died. Planting young also allows the tree to better fill its environment, mature trees can suffer easily from shading issues, which impacts their aesthetics, and also their eventual health in the new environment.
  38. 1 point
    The city council approved allowing JJ's to build their brewery and corporate offices at the SW corner of Van Asche & Steele. There was an issue with the interpretation of protective covenants that had to be sorted out. There should be a nice little urban cluster taking shape in that area within a year.
  39. 1 point
    It's nothing much to look at, but it's great that someone is finally paying attention to that part of town. The Fisk University area has a ton of potential, in my opinion.
  40. 1 point
    50 years from now when Levine actually starts building his hotel, office and apartments, there will be some shade. Though, I may not be around to see it.
  41. 1 point
    I saw this link in the business report comments https://images.washingtonpost.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fimg.washingtonpost.com%2Fblogs%2Fwonkblog%2Ffiles%2F2015%2F08%2F7hAJ4qG1.gif&op=noop
  42. 1 point
    ^^Gee, we had a really great president. Too bad his politics didn't match those of the db's in the Legislative Building in Raleigh.
  43. 1 point
    Sugar Creek Pedestrian Bridge Sugar Creek Parking Garade UC Blvd Parking Garage JW Clay Parking Garage
  44. 1 point
    I'd be all to happy to compose an email of "Best of" quotes from places like UP and Facebook where people are laying into this thing and send it directly to Cousins if they haven't heard the complaints. In fact, would it be possible to schedule an "event" on facebook (an online sit in if you will) where we schedule a time to get everyone with grievances to post directly to the social media accounts of these companies. In fact, we could probably use Common Market's friend list to get the word out (among other groups). ;-P Hundreds or more complaints in the span of an hour would surely get their attention. If City officials and organizations show a genuine lack of care, once again, I'd take to social media. Use the city's precious #RailTrailCLT and #Charlottesgotalot against it. This development is everything the rail trail is not supposed to be. If the city and these developers only want feel good crap written about them they might get a jolt when their own hashtags are used against them. This isn't the 60's, time to revolt like Millennials. Hit them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, anywhere outsiders view them. We could hit where it hurts the most, where it's most public.
  45. 1 point
    I have mixed feelings about this. I'm terrified that they'll attempt to do a renovation to the existing property and cram a "mall" in it. The property is built like a fortress and addresses the street the same way. There's so much potential in this property that I'd almost rather they wait until Crescent's projects are up and running to best integrate with them and form a continous development of street engagement. Opening to the stadium with a hotel/retail mix would be amazing. We don't need height here, we need human scaled mixtures of office, retail, hotel, and possibly residential. How about an open air market (finally) with stages surrounded by shops and offices? Burn the existing structure to the ground and build something transformative.
  46. 1 point
    Does anyone think this hoteL will spur any of those empty retail spots in the garage to be taken up??? Would love to see another corridor around here to mingle in.
  47. 1 point



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