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  1. This photo is not construction related, just one of my favorite historic buildings in town. The Downtown Presbyterian Church is a beauty, both inside and out! If you've never been inside, it's well worth a visit.
    11 points
  2. Two photos of the construction site while downtown tonight. One shot looking down into the hole (taken from the lawn in front of the Methodist Church) and one looking up at the cranes. So glad to see something rising from this corner...for it was surface parking for far too long!
    8 points
  3. Downtown today at Church Street & Polk Avenue, I noticed the Westin standing tall along with the Customs House tower. had to snap a pic to share.
    7 points
  4. From the Courtside Condominiums From Trademark: From Skye: Also from Skye: From the Avenue Pool: From the Ratcliffe:
    6 points
  5. Progress on 222 Second Ave. (Hines/Hayes Tower): Looking northwest from entrance of Ascend Amphitheater near corner of First and Molloy. Looking south from corner of Demonbreun and First. Looking west from corner of Demonbreun and First. The three story brick building is where Qualifacts and Southern Rentals is located, and the rest of the block is being built around it. Personally, I think it is a butt-ugly structure and wish it would've been purchased and taken out. Looking east from Demonbreun and the eastern side of the Qualifact
    5 points
  6. Couple of photos from today from a few angles. This is one massive tower with its bulk and height.
    5 points
  7. From the platform at 9th street. These platforms feel significantly longer than the existing ones on the Blue Line (and they are because they are built for three car trains). In other BLE news I caught a glimpse of construction last light from Amtrak. It was too dark for photos but it looked like the station canopies at Sugar Creek were up. rails are beginning to go down around Eastway and significant grading work remains to the north of Sugar Creek and between 36th and the Craighead bridge.
    5 points
  8. I'd call the style "collegiate correctional."
    4 points
  9. Inspiring design. EDIT: Okay, the appearance of a significant amount of ground floor retail goes a long way toward redeeming it.
    4 points
  10. I'm not a big fan of greenspaces where there should be a functional urban space. I'd much rather see a cobblestone plaza than a patch of grass that takes water, chemicals, and constant landscaping to maintain. (They'll probably just put another dog park on it anyway...j/k) I just don't see a lot of people relaxing or playing Frisbee on an exposed lawn surrounded by four- and five-lane roads. A nice, big plaza would be perfect for hosting festivals, concerts, markets, and special events (like a New Year's Eve countdown). That way, if it's flanked by a new art museum, we'd have a great, usa
    4 points
  11. It paints a completely different picture of the area when you consider how close that four tower Smithfield project is to the rest of the Gulch. All of the aerial photos we have discussed show the view as a straight shot through the So(So)Bro wasteland, but it seems much more congruent with the ever-expanding Gulch area. A quick camera pivot to the west and I think the Smithfield project would fit right in...
    4 points
  12. If there is, I already would have done it on the Southpark Mall thread and the airport thread.
    4 points
  13. Looking more and more like big city lights all the time.
    4 points
  14. Here we go! Apartments, retail planned for Montgomery Building The project hasn't been finalized, but the plan is for 92 apartments (1BR & 2BR) on the upper floors and 9,000 sq ft of retail space on the ground floor. Greenville-based developer BF Spartanburg LLC will begin renovations during the third quarter and estimates the project will be completed around mid-2018. During the next six weeks, city council will consider providing support for the project, possibly in the form of tax incentives, investing in streetscaping and cleaning up property around the building. This is f
    4 points
  15. a couple of photos from my walk around uptown today from a couple of angles. This tower has a commanding presence for sure. (on a side note what happened with the discussion about 300 South Tryon?)
    4 points
  16. Core drilling equipment at site of the proposed Hyatt House on 5th South. Rock drillers on site of the new Life way building. This was also reported Saturday at the meet and that is ore drilling going on at the Boyle,NW Mutual project.
    3 points
  17. Agree, it's difficult to complain too much when it appears they are using a durable material--actual brick--covering the majority of the structure. That's a stark contrast to much of the low-rise apartment product in the market that seems to have been shoved through some sort of architectural facade materials randomizer.
    3 points
  18. I like how they are cantilevered over the side walk and the facade is brick as opposed to cheesy siding. Also, it's nice that the balconies are inset as opposed to hanging off the side of the facade and that the ground floor is lined with retail (hopefully that makes it into the final building). So even though the designs are super-conservative and lacking in any ornamentation, they at least contain good choices in terms of street activation, materials and quality. Hopefully the developers don't cheap out.
    3 points
  19. To be clear, we've already gotten more funding than a lot of cities even dream of. The BLE alone is funded by the feds to the tune of a half-billion dollars, and the streetcar is on top of that. I do think CATS/CLT Planning has let themselves fall behind on planning (some of that blame can be placed on their respective governing boards/council), but be careful not to bury their successes
    3 points
  20. No surprise, but Nashville's MSA now exceeds 1.8 million, as of 2015. The TN State Data Center is notoriously slow in their data collection, so this number through 2016 could be close to (or exceed) 1.9 million. http://wkrn.com/2016/04/04/nashville-area-leads-tennessee-in-population-growth/ As of 2015, metro area 1,830,000; Nashville area now has 5 of 10 largest counties in the state Davidson County - 678k; Rutherford - 299k; Williamson - 212k; Sumner - 176k; Wilson - 129k
    3 points
  21. I like the green space...unless the alternative is the museum of art. If it was a hotel or office building, I'd much rather have the green space. However, having the museum of art next to the performing arts center would really create an all-day arts destination downtown.
    3 points
  22. From an excellent article on the ugly political opposition to light rail in Virginia Beach: "Debate attendees laughed at the mention of a network of light-rail lines. One man yelled for young people to “move to Charlotte.”" I know there is a regional component to this, but I love that we managed to eclipse Denver and Portland in the category of "going to hell in a handbasket transit loving town" Bonus points for not adding the "NC" http://pilotonline.com/news/local/transportation/how-did-the-light-rail-debate-in-virginia-beach-become/article_33431c0f-8e2d-5f63-a9b6-d70a331
    3 points
  23. Some silliness for all the architects, engineers, designers, and developers in our group...
    3 points
  24. That picture just goes to show how badly an infrastructure update is needed for lower broad. Too many lanes of traffic, and too few feet of sidewalk. It's just dangerous at this point.
    3 points
  25. The Westin hosted a press conference today, and officially announced that they are moving their opening date up to September (original goal was November). They already have bookings as far out as 2024. Good 30-image slideshow in this article from NBJ. I'm posting some of the more construction-oriented ones here. http://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/blog/2016/03/inside-the-westin-downtowns-highest-rooftop-bar.html
    3 points
  26. Large square hole cut out in center of the site. This is either for the crane base or elevators location. Seems to be moving forward and this is also on the MDHA agenda tomorrow. Height is intact.
    2 points
  27. Sulpher Dell Apartments to partially surround First Tennessee Ballpark finally announced. More renderings in both article's slide shows. Pretty stark/warehousey looking. http://www.nashvillepost.com/business/development/article/20492857/images-released-for-ballpark-project http://www.tennessean.com/story/money/real-estate/2016/04/04/plans-apartments-retail-near-first-tennessee-park-unveiled/82534788/
    2 points
  28. City looking at buying the 2.6 acres that formerly housed TN State Rehab facility along Hermitage Avenue next to Rolling Mill Hill. I'm thinking it might be reconfigured to be part of the new Boathouse Park that will be below it along the Cumberland River. In the shot from a screen grab of Smeagolsfree's excellent Nashville Development Map, you can see the State property right in the center of the frame. From what I understand, the Boathouse Park will actually extend all the way to the expressway on the east (right), as the Pyles Transport Company is being bought-out and relocated. This
    2 points
  29. Maybe they are going for a Camden Yards type look... im reaching here...
    2 points
  30. I can summarize my feelings. Like Wall Street, but with less bros.
    2 points
  31. All good responses. I think I'm in the middle. If it becomes something *cool*... aka Museum of Art or an alley that becomes a mini neighborhood of shops/restaurants like East 4th in Cleveland or a Gateway in Columbus (aka a grown up Wall St)... then build! Otherwise, leave it green
    2 points
  32. you know, with every new office building going up in Lake Mary or elsewhere in the metro, it is killing any development momentum in downtown. some of these new proposals with an office component are pretty much on life support. and its sad, because Orlando metro is growing very fast. the cbd is fortunate that residential is still hot.
    2 points
  33. Just for comparison's sake (NYC the largest city vis-a-vis Charlotte 17th largest). We already know the 07/01/2015 Census Bureau's pop. est. for Mecklenburg County which was 1,034,070. Mecklenburg County's 5-year growth rate was the 62nd fastest out of 3,143 counties / parishes / boroughs across the U.S. In May, we'll get the 07/01/2015 estimates for Charlotte proper. As ah59396 previously observed, there is the real possibility that Charlotte could leap ahead of Fort Worth to become the nation's 16th largest city. As of 07/01/2014 Charlotte was the nation's 17th largest city
    2 points
  34. I think the FAA has your back on this.
    2 points
  35. ^Do you own condos all over town? Are you a Chinese holding company?
    2 points
  36. Ain't that the truth. Christians aren't all ignorant jerks, atheists aren't all angry contrarians. To believe these things is to play into the hands of the political elite. I believe what will prove to be the true saving grace of the middle, moderate, middle-class person in this country is things that are often discussed here, and on platforms like Strong Towns, etc, that are apolitical by nature. Social issues are obviously important to our culture and to everr individual who cares about them in any way, but the real common ground isn't being focused on much by the political realm. But
    2 points
  37. Downtown on Broad yesterday.... Also, my idea for a new amusement park ride in downtown...
    2 points
  38. Division Street Connector is well under way. Looking eastward from Myers Carpet property across the CSX tracks. The route has had to take a slightly more southern dog-leg to go around Tennessee Brew Works (white building in lower left corner) which has refused to move. The business opened not long after the whole design was set in motion. Was easier to work around it than to deal with all the legal hassles. Looking from the current dead-end of Division Street back the the west into the Gulch. I spoke with the foreman on the project and he said they were unaware that
    2 points
  39. Didn't the Orlando museum of art say they want to move downtown? if a hotel or office tower don't happen that would be a great location.
    2 points
  40. That's a good quote. I must admit that I am not convinced that I really like it either, though I have yet to see it in person. That being said though, art, and modern art in particular, can be very polarizing, and isn't intended to be all things to all people. There are a lot of modern art pieces in this country that seem 'bizarre' on their face, but have grown to become landmarks, such as the giant badminton shuttlecock in Kansas City, or the Free Stamp in Cleveland. So I feel that with time, Stix will begin to carve out a place in the hearts of more and more Nashvillians as it becomes a
    2 points
  41. I find the comments about stix amusing and am reminded of something that some famous artist once said: "Art doesn't always come to you; sometimes you have to go to art."
    2 points
  42. Perhaps the admin meant to delete the NC Civil rights thread instead...
    1 point



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