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  1. 5 points
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    You start small. Once we've gone underground I expect more will eventually follow, but that first step is a doozy, as far as getting people to go along. And it's hardly needless, there's no room for a train on most of those streets DT, and this will greatly reduce the number of cars and pedestrians hit by trains, and allow the trains to travel at a fairly high speed instead of creeping along in traffic.
  3. 4 points
    Nashville just hasn't done a good job of maintaining the civil war sites. There's a monument over on Granny White just south of 12 South that has missing letters, overgrown trees, kind of hidden gravel parking area. Franklin was even worse until recently. They had a Pizza Hut sitting where the major part of the battle took place, and the city had to purchase the Country Club of Franklin (one of the only reasonably priced country clubs in the region at the time) to provide any sort of extensive battlefield park, and I don't even think the battle took place there. I think in the past there wasn't stomach for commemorating Confederate losses because it probably pained a lot of people in the area to think about losing that war. Now I think a lot of cities are squeamish about commemorating Civil War sites in fear of being seen as commemorating the Confederacy. The history of the Cloud Hill and Fort Negly site would make it perfect for a Civil War museum and interactive park, considering it's a Union fort that is significant because of the fact that it was built by impressed blacks. It excites me to think of the possibilities.
  4. 4 points
    I have to eat some crow. I had wrongly assumed that the opposition to this Cloud Hill development was more or less opposed to any development in general there and wanted the Greer Stadium site to stand empty and unused out of fear that a development would take away from the fort. But if their desire is to have the entire area, including the Greer site, turned into a high quality Civil War historic park, then I'm absolutely all for that, as I have long wondered why there wasn't really anything of note devoted to that pivotal time in Nashville's history. We might even get the city to move all of those overlooked, out of the way monuments to the park as well!
  5. 3 points
    Amazing how you are able to read Lee Beaman's mind! I'm not wild about those car lots in that location, but it's his property and his decision-whatever his motivation.
  6. 3 points
    Maybe they could bury some utilities while they're digging!
  7. 3 points
    This is the Charlotte Federal courthouse in the setting it will be with the existing courthouse in the front. It is a classical design and that is fine with me as we have very little architecture in this style in Charlotte. The design was debated some love it some dont. However I think it is appropriate for a government building as most of our buildings are so tall you won't be able to see it anyway. Supposedly it will start within a year. The other two buildings are our newest office towers new Ally Bank Center 26 stories 378 ft and Bank of America Tower at Legacy Union 33 stories 632 feet tall. So our new Jonas Federal Courthouse addition will be quite different but that is fine.
  8. 3 points
    I hope this happens. If we're able to go underground...and we find that it's not as cost-prohibitive as once thought because of new technology...maybe it will lead to a subway system in the future, which, to me would be REAL mass transit.
  9. 3 points
    Exactly. This is a "one-of-a-kind" site in the world...so why not fix it up for generations to come? The "Cloud Hill" development the city is proposing could go anywhere, like you mentioned. A Civil War exhibit and park is something that fits here...and really not many other places. And...with that fort being one of a kind, it deserves this.
  10. 2 points
    I think this is a far better location for TopGolf than their original plan for the Charter development at I-85/Mallard Creek Church Rd. That place never seemed appropriate to me for such a facility.
  11. 2 points
    Bainbridge starting to top out. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. 2 points
    And that is why I will never purchase a vehicle from any Beaman dealership. They are the single biggest block to re-urbanization in Nashville and exist there for no other reason than to give the city one big middle finger. He's sitting on a gold mine that would pay for a similar sized super car lot outside of the CBD a dozen times over, but refuses out of spite, greed, short sightedness, or a combination thereof.
  13. 2 points
    I'm not sure NoVa will be it. Unless they want to have a campus out past Tyson's Corner, I'm not sure where they'd fit one in near Metro without a ton of demolition or reuse. Maybe between Potomac Yards and Crystal City? Either way, cost of property and housing is way above what you'd find in DFW, ATL, Austin, or Nashville, or even Philadelphia.
  14. 2 points
    It’s interesting that buildings do not get built without funding.
  15. 2 points
    Austin and Nashville are twin cities separated at birth. Nashville has replaced Portland among the big three "it" cities which IMO are now Seattle, Austin and Nashville. I don't think we have any Portland posters on UP to dispute that.
  16. 2 points
    Austin's traffic sucks and is always getting worse, and there is not much hope for any viable mass transit in the near future. Home prices are rapidly increasing and have been the most expensive in Texas for a while. But the population boom is unrelenting because people and companies keep moving here. The traffic nightmare pisses me off every day on my commute to downtown, and the fact that I have to live closer to the San Antonio Metro than Downtown Austin to have have a decent sized home that doesn't suck all my income away pisses me off as well. But neither of those problems seem to be even close to being bad enough to stop the population from increasing by about 1.1K people per week, every week, since the 2010 census. Austin has a better chance than most cities for HQ2, but I don't think Austin will be selected. The best places for a corporate campus of this magnitude IMO are Atlanta, NoVa and DFW.
  17. 2 points
  18. 2 points
    Right now, you have made two strange post. Not sure who you are, but already treading in dangerous territory.
  19. 2 points
    Looks like the 'underground' portion of the transit plan will go north-south with a station under the Music City Central transit hub and another 'near Lafayette Street south of downtown' according to the Tennessean.
  20. 2 points
    Totally agree. Richmond also needs to do more to bring more high-tech, more higher paying jobs to the area. Data centers can do that, but since they don't hire THAT many people per center, there has to be other ways to attract these sort of jobs...unless there is an explosion of data centers that go up in Richmond (with the low tax rate, I can envision quite an influx). Facebook just might be leading the way to do just that. I hope Richmond is also able to land more corporate headquarters. High paying jobs follow HQs and others service-related businesses to support them (IT services are one of those type services that pays a high wage). I can tell you that up here in NoVa there are tons of service-related businesses that are paying high wages, particularly IT support, to the many HQs up here. I think Facebook coming is a huge step in the right direction. I'm not suggesting that Richmond "NoVa-ize" itself, but in a way, I am. If Richmond can be smart about it's growth, it can avoid the pitfalls that plague NoVa...traffic being one of them.
  21. 2 points
    Hmmm, now does that brand slot between the Grand and the flagship Regency?
  22. 2 points
    Seeing how many lobbyists they have on the payroll makes me realize our "government" isn't the only one running the country.
  23. 2 points
    Pretty sure Little Richard had a place in the "Riot Hyatt" on Sunset in LA. Both times I stayed there, I ran into him in the lobby.
  24. 1 point
    It was never proposed to have the station moved in phase one. That was marketing hype by the developer to sell people on the project. The actual plans from the beginning have always shown that the station would have to wait until they had more room to work with. Note the same developer called it "Grand Central Station" like, lol. Sure, a covered platform with a ground floor lobby, coffee shop, and some crappers is exactly like "Grand Central Station." Dude has a strong hype game, I will give him that. . . and he knows how to get our idiotic press to buy it without doing any research.
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  27. 1 point
    I believe the plan has always been to build additional buildings around the eventually expanded structure in a way similar to FSU's. Of course, that hasn't really happened yet, with all of college football attendance way down these days and a failure to get into a better paying conference.
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  29. 1 point
    I don't know what Beaman's motivations are either, and I agree he can do with his property as he pleases. But I also agree with Nathan that I would never buy anything from him and further encourage him to remain, regardless what those motivations may be.
  30. 1 point
    Charlotte was the largest city on the list.
  31. 1 point
    Hopefully, a focus on options for grade separation remains strong for the core. Meanwhile former Nashville MTA CEO Paul Ballard appears to have donned hat feathers befitting a chieftain. Just goes to show what timing, municipal priorities, and political will, can result in across state boundaries. From Mass Transit Magazine... Stadler and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority Unveil the First U.S. FLIRT Train Source: Stadler US Inc. Oct 10, 2017 "We are excited to bring these sleek rail cars to Fort Worth and Dallas," said Paul Ballard, president/CEO of FWTA. "We have been viewing the many stages of manufacturing and completion and we could not be more pleased." Photo credit: Leah Harnack/Mass Transit Stadler and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (FWTA) introduced the first FLIRT (Fast Light Intercity and Regional Train) for the TEXRail commuter rail line at the American Public Transportation Association's EXPO. The contract for delivery of eight FLIRT trains was signed in June 2015. The multiple unit trains, powered by diesel-electric propulsion, will soon be used for travel on the TEXRail line between Fort Worth and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport's Terminal B. This is the first time Stadler has sold one of its FLIRT trains in the United States. The first U.S. FLIRT train with its centrally located power module, meets the alternative vehicle technology requirements of the Federal Railroad Administration, as well as Buy America requirements. "We are excited to bring these sleek rail cars to Fort Worth and Dallas," said Paul Ballard, president/CEO of FWTA. "We have been viewing the many stages of manufacturing and completion and we could not be more pleased." Stadler Group CEO and Owner Peter Spuhler said, "We are proud to be able to present our best seller for the first time in the USA today in association with the FWTA ..." The wide front doors and spacious lower floor area make it easy for passengers to board and disembark. Each train comes equipped with 224 seats and side tables and USB ports, as well as an ADA toilet. The train's ergonomic driver's cabin features an intuitive design, providing onboard personnel with a modern, comfortable workplace. The new FLIRT trains are scheduled to become part of TEXRail's commercial fleet in December 2018. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Credit: Stadler. Swiss rolling stock manufacturer Stadler is to unveil its first FLIRT for the USA. In collaboration with Texas-based Fort Worth Transportation Authority (FWTA), Stadler will introduce the train at APTA Expo 2017. More than 1,400 units of the train are in service worldwide but this is the first FLIRT sold in the USA. Eight FLIRT trains were ordered by FWTA in June 2015 to operate on the TEXRail commuter rail line between Fort Worth and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal B. A large amount of work on the trains was completed at the leased Stadler plant in Salt Lake City, Utah. Each 266ft train has 224 seats, with side tables and USB ports and can travel at speeds of up to 130km/h. The diesel-electric trains are equipped with two Deutz TCD 16.0 V8 520 kW diesel motors. The new FLIRT trains are scheduled to become a part of TEXRail’s commercial fleet in December 2018. Stadler Group CEO Peter Spuhler said: “We are proud to be able to present our best seller for the first time in the USA today in association with the FWTA, and are convinced that the FLIRT trains, which are built in the USA, will cut a fine figure in Big Sky Texas, and offer passengers in and around Fort Worth a new level of travel comfort.”
  32. 1 point
  33. 1 point
    Charlotte ranked #26 and Raleigh #10 on the most livable cities in the USA to live in according to USA Today. Many of these "cities" are suburbs of larger cities so all in all for a large city Charlotte to be on here is pretty good. https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2017/10/13/most-liveable-americas-50-best-cities-live/761013001/
  34. 1 point
    He was at St. Thomas Hospital the same time my Mother was there a year or so ago, so he had some connection with Nashville. You never know who you'll run into in Nashville.
  35. 1 point
    My bet is still on Atlanta and Northern VA but if I had to choose 1 it would Atlanta. Much larger population size more comparable to Seattle. Low cost of living, busiest airport on earth able to absorb huge numbers of people. That being said it will not affect Austin with its all it tech growth homegrown and Silicon Valley outposts like Apple or Facebook or Nashville with its health IT, or Raleigh Durham with its huge tech hub with SAS, Red Hat, life sciences or even Charlotte with its Fintech hub AvidXchange, CreditKarma , huge banks etc. Whatever city gets this HQ2 some other companies will want to go elsewhere not to compete with Amazon in the labor pool and worries about attracting their own talent. There is plenty of tech growth in the economy and every city mentioned above has had great luck attracting California companies where the costs of doing business are skyhigh and cost of living even more. One of the reasons Silicon Valley and now even Seattle companies are spreading around the country is that competition for labor is very tough in those 2 markets and high costs of living in both makes it harder to attract people who make $100,000 a year But in those markets you have to have roommates in a cramped apartments whereas you can be homeowners or at least living on your own in any of the above cities. Why do you think WeWork opened one of their communal living places WeLive in Seattle due to their high cost of living.
  36. 1 point
    All the glass is installed on the NW side expansion. Looking SE from intersection of 8th Ave. South and Demonbreun: Looking SW from Demonbreun just east of 8th Ave. South:
  37. 1 point
    Hammer Mill (6 and 7 stories, 256 units, 4,000 sq. ft. of retail) update. The old mill building being revamped for restaurant space. Looking south along Adams Street just south of intersection with Van Buren: Looking east from Centurion Stone site towards the river: Looking south from Centurion Stone:
  38. 1 point
    Vanderbilt Divinity School addition update. Looking west from 21st Ave. South near intersection with Scarritt Place:
  39. 1 point
    Littles Fish Market, Germantown:
  40. 1 point
    hahaha, nah, I think I will stick to my New Seasons. It is the Whole Foods for Portland. This site would have almost doubled the size of the town center, which would have been fantastic. Though Pembroke Mall is the real land expanding the downtown should be looking at because that would triple the size of the current downtown. Though getting mall owners to see the potential in their land is just near impossible.
  41. 1 point
    As mentioned above, Austin has less than stellar mass transit and voted DOWN a sales tax increase to fund expansion, thus killing any near-term chances of that. Also, housing is expensive and only increasing there, in addition to terrible traffic. You think Nashville is bad, try Austin...
  42. 1 point
    More on the "subway" (ok, what else do you call it? Light rail underground? Sub-light rail? Light Rail Tube?)... http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2017/10/13/downtown-tunnelunderground-tunnel-through-downtown-nashville-expected-mayor-megan-barrys-transit-pla/762883001/
  43. 1 point
    Independence Center is officially gone. The last couple of walls were torn down today.
  44. 1 point
  45. 1 point
    So...what you're saying is that Palmer should have been a congressman or something, right?
  46. 1 point
    The women's national team is really popular. I think women's soccer would probably draw better than women's basketball.
  47. 1 point
    ^^^ Here is the article referenced above. I would take several of these every year over an Amazon and they are easier to win. I would think this would come to Charlotte with our financial hub with TIAA, Dimensional Funds etc not to mention Barings, Bof A, Wells, US Bank etc. http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2017/10/12/alliancebernstein-plans-to-shift-new-york-staff-wsj.html While SA TX is somewhat of a financial hub it is no where near as diversified or as large as Charlotte. Mainly back office jobs for larger banks and of course HQ for USAA
  48. 1 point
    There's a chance that none of the proposals can be pulled off. It all depends on who has the best idea, best business plan, most realistic but ambitious goals, etc.. This 201 Market project , whoever gets it, may take a decade to finish, because of moving city services, river work, etc.. But if you want something a decade from now you absolutely have to take a step or a leap today.
  49. 1 point
    With this starting, WE HOPE, then who knows what it will mean for West End Summit. Both projects were announced almost 20 years ago. Looks like the Feds, as slow as they are, will beat Palmer in starting a project.

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