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  1. 10 points
  2. 9 points
    Took advantage of quiet holiday streets. Almost there.
  3. 7 points
    I'd love to know too! In the mean time, I grabbed a few pictures from yesterday
  4. 7 points
  5. 7 points
    Repost from back in June from navigator319 and are lost compadre RickyDavisFan aka CLTDevelopment on Insta. Purple is the plaza and walk way space. I’m assuming there will be a walkable alley way on the museum side too. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. 6 points
    Officially able to see the tower from my rootfop patio!
  7. 6 points
  8. 6 points
    Found this new drone video on YT and saved some screen shots. Just search for drone vids and you will find many of the city.
  9. 6 points
    I don't know the details exactly, but I do know it was built post-war, probably mid 1960s. It's a fairly standardized design for AT&T switch buildings for the switching gear. Even automated switches from that era took up huge amounts of space, with miles of copper cables, relays, and switches, along with workshops and offices for personnel to manage the systems. Most of these buildings were built to a semi-hardened status designed to withstand bb attacks with minimal damage to the interior (e.g., reinforced concrete floors, walls designed to deflect blasts and collapse outwards of they fail, controlled entry points, etc.). Since the end of the Cold War, many of the hardening aspects of these buildings were neglected or removed, but significant amounts of security were re-installed after 9/11. Please note, the following paragraphs are intended only to stimulate discussion on the importance of redundancy in essential infrastructure. The same applies to energy grids, transportation networks, fuel supplies, etc., all of which have been made terribly vulnerable from decades of complacency. There are a few interesting points to the impacts we're seeing here. First off, either the hardening was poorly designed, or retrofits (such as improved fire safety) negated the original benefits of the design. It sounds like much of the damage was caused by water, and the outages were caused because the back up generators relied on natural gas, which was promptly shut off because of leak fears. It seems to me that this was the first failure to plan: tying back up generators for essential services to outside energy supplies instead of installing self-contained diesel systems. Secondly, a glaring lack of redundancy exists in the system. If this goes out, there is no fallback. The system (apparently) doesn't have the ability to quickly reroute essential and high priority services (such as 911 and ATC) to a backup or neighboring node, like Atlanta, Memphis, or St. Louis. Finally, not only is the centralized infrastructure inadequate, but the dispersed infrastructure apparently is unable to cope. It sounds like a number if the local systems relied on bundle services, where their land line and Internet was provided by AT&T, as were their back up cellular systems...all which went down. The fact that all your primary and backup services short of radio apparently route through a bottleneck is incredibly poor planning. It does seem that non-emergency lines in most areas continued working though, which is good. I presume local circuits were unaffected by the outage, and are able to operate independently of the node. Luckily, the odds of an earthquake happening here are lower than west or east Tennessee, but they're not non-existent. In my mind, that's the worst case scenario. Earthquake hits, causes damage to the gear in the building and cuts off the fuel supplies for the back up generators. Much of the emergency services communication and coordination system is now down indefinitely when it's most needed. Caveat: this is entirely speculation based on my own understanding of the infrastructure involved and my experience working on continuity of operations planning. So, some professional knowledge of how this should work, informed by available news on the incident. I've never worked in this particular building and do not know the details of the design or subsequent retrofits.
  10. 6 points
    Regardless of what one may think about the architecture, it's fantastic news to know that units are being made available to 600-800 new residents in this part of Uptown. Up to 800 new patrons for area businesses/entertainment sources. Now if we could get 10 more of these built in the next 5 years, we'd really get into gear. Anyone know whether Uptown has a target population in any of the "vision or planning materials?"
  11. 6 points
    drive by photos today of the convention center renovation and expansion. bonus shot of the sign announcing new CVS at Stonewall and Caldwell on bottom floor of Home2Suites Hotel.
  12. 6 points
    drive by and this project is looking great. 2nd tower rising,
  13. 6 points
    drive bys today. and yes the parking hut is still there and I know you think I have forgotten about it. $200 to Childress Klein for it with the check made out to the Roof Above or Habitat for Humanity.
  14. 5 points
    The city needs a comprehensive plan to completely rebuild 2nd Avenue to its original state-the AT&T building needs to be completely torn down and relocated to a safe and secure spot in an industrial/warehouse area. The buildings that were damaged across the street in the blast need to be rebuilt according to their original designs-the parking lot between Church and Bank streets need to be rebuilt according to what was there before the fire in 1985. Once the AT&T building is demolished and relocated old photos and maps need to consulted in order to rebuild what was torn down to make way for the AT&T building. The city needs to get serious and get serious quick and get local developers involved along with some urban development money if possible. Nashville has been punched in the gut this year....time to start punching back.
  15. 5 points
    10pm outage update from down detector @dmillsphoto knows what has only been mentioned 1x on the news by a reporter during the police chief briefing. I don't have any direct connection to that company, I only know status of several data centers nearby. But it has been said that company took a direct hit, also This is not a vulnerable location, nor is this unique to Nashville. That building is well fortified. Lines running into and out to surrounding buildings is isolated with some serious building codes and 24x7 monitoring of all service tunnels. Security is tight for several buildings in that area - not just the switch building. I had to get security clearance just to visit the building next door Ditto, and I had heard that 5 or 7 floors of that building were no longer used by AT&T. But I don't know if those floors are vacant or leased out
  16. 5 points
    drive through Camp Northend today. I knew this was going to be the next big thing the first time I drove in there. I did not know AON had an office there too along with Ally Bank (knew they committed early) and of course now Centene among large corporate tenants. Junior Achievement space looks great. This is the project to watch in 2021. Single level creative office space with multiple entrances and large floorplates perfect for post pandemic world. I really love Tankhenge
  17. 5 points
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  19. 5 points
    since I have hosted my mother over at my house the last 48 hours after everyone departed I drove around town. It is nice on major holidays as there is hardly any traffic and great for me to stop in turning lanes or slow start to take photos. Merry Christmas Charlotte. Love the view coming up south Tryon taken in the middle of the 277 bridge.
  20. 4 points
    Because it was parked at the same apartment the FBI is currently searching and looks exactly like the one on the surveillance camera:
  21. 4 points
    nearby townhomes walking distance to Scaleybark station and Southend activities. Dan Ryan townhomes and Ryan Homes townhomes both along S Tryon. Unique view of FNB Tower from upper deck of the townhomes. Huge storage facility rising.
  22. 4 points
    drive bys today. Novel LoSo and the last of the Pulte townhomes to be built. Before anyone flips out the exposed side of the deck will be blocked by affordable housing complex at some point.
  23. 4 points
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  26. 3 points
    Part IV: Marty McFly visits 1950s era Charlotte
  27. 3 points
    Sorry, your understanding of seismics in mid-America is likely based on outdated data. As an architect, I have studied this for years. I have spoken both at times with the heads of TEMA and FEMA, who off the record agreed with my opinion that preparations for earthquakes are woefully inadequate. Eveyone knows about the New Madrid fault quakes over 200 years ago. However, it is only the southern end of a larger system called the Reelfoot Rift that extends up the Ohio River, then up the Wabash towards Chicago. This stretch is much longer ovedue for a major release and has the potential to be bigger than those down in Memphis territory. A similar magnitude quake would devaste St. Louis, Nashville and Chicago. Serious damage could reach as far as Boston and Washington D.C. too. It is all about the underlaying strata of bedrock that transmits the force over huge areas. Unlike California of which its bedrock is very fractured and tends to damp out rather than amplifying the extent of a quake. In 1810 & 1811, the New Madrid quakes resulted in extensive liquification due to the bending down of the sedimentary limestone floor of the bedrock to the fault structure itself. This bending was the result from millions of years ago when the plates of Africa pushed against the larger North American plate, threatening it to fracture into two plates. This predated the existance, of course, of the Atlantic Ocean. ProtoAfrica slid away , but the forces created the fault, now called a failed rift and the North American plate remained in one piece. This also pushed up the eastern part of the plate many thousands of feet. This would become after millions of years of erosion (the Tennesse River was larger than the present Mississippi) , the Appalachian Mountains as we know them today. Back to the Reelfoot Rift. Nashville's greatest peril is from the rift in the Wabash area, as it is both closer and more impacted by the bedrock strata. A movement aproximately equal to the 1811 earthquake would IMO mostly destroy St. Louis and Nashville. Most of the concrete towers we have and are currently building today are vulnerable to pancaking. The steel framed towers are much more likely to survive. When the earhquakes in 1810 & 1811 reached Nashville, contemporary descriptions tell that the settlers of the fledgling town of Nashville were knocked off their feeet and could not stand for over 5 minutes. Stone chimneys collapsed. Fortunately for them the structural systen of log cabins are particulary earthquake resistant. To the west though, the deep sediment covering the depressed bedrock caused massive waves of earth like surf from about 50 miles from Nashville to over by Little Rock. The whole forested area was flattened and semiburied. Essentially the banks of the Mississippi River moved towards themselves and flooded most of where Memphis is today within minutes There are many accounts of what happened on the river, as it was a great transportation highway. Tales of the river running backwards are a bit extreme but did happen as a large karst cave system up towards the Ohio collapsed. The river ran backwards until they filled the cavern's hole. In present times, Nashville would suffer great building damage and worse, massive flooding for the failures in the TVA dam system in Tennessee. When built in 1940s and 50s, there were were studies made by the Core of Engineers. However, these dams were built for flood control primarily, but eventualy were allowed higher pools for recreational use and the impoundments were much more high than originally intended. While the concrete gravity dams are likely to remain intact, many of them have long earthen dikes beside them. With larger pools, you get larger wave action which presumably would wash out these dikes. This would pretty much cause massive flooding all the way to the Gulf. Bridges would be down in many cases and pipelines and interstates would be hugely impacted, likewise airport runways. If a similar quake over towards the Memphis area repeated, I doubt there would be a remaining piece of interstate highway bigger than a turkey platter from Jackson to Memphis. One should realize that the level of danger of earthquake damage is only a step down from the eruption of the Yellowstone caldera in terms of damge to US infrastructure. It is not a matter of IF, but WHEN. I have argued that earthquake codes are woefully conservative. I had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Sterns, one of the formost authorites on quakes in the world at the time, at Vanderbilt many years ago . He generally agreed that building codes then were very much insufficient, though he was the expert in sesmics rather than architecture. In the 1800 quakes, chimneys fell in Washington D.C. and bells in Boston church towers rang from the quake hundreds of miles away. A similar or greater quake on the northern Reelfoot Rift fault would devaste a huge area of the US and would take decades to repair. The bombing on Second Avenue on Christmas Day is very minor compared to the damages we could suffer when the big quake finally happens.
  28. 3 points
    Person/s of interest identified in bombing: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/nashville-bombing-person-of-interest-identified/
  29. 3 points
    The site of the explosion is now on Google Maps. To me, I wonder if this bombing was just a test. I mean, the bomber went out of his way to make sure no one would be killed or even injured. Consider this: shots were fired, either real or from a loudspeaker, which attracted the police. Then once the police were there, the warning started blaring from the RV that everyone in the area needed to be evacuated. That early in the morning, particularly on Christmas morning, if the police weren't there to evacuate people, it's likely that not everyone would've heard or heeded the warning. So I wonder if this is just a precursor to a much larger attack somewhere else on some other data center or some similar facility. I seriously doubt--if this were the case--that they would attempt another attack on the Nashville data center. But maybe this was just a trial run to see just how much damage someone could do to our communications infrastructure from such a minor attack ("minor" compared to attacks like 9-11 or OKC). Whoever did this--if that's what their goal was--is an evil genius; most anyone else would've merely bombed a cell tower or two which would've resulted in just a fraction of the disruption to the communications network. Whatever the reason, this whole thing makes me sick to my stomach.
  30. 3 points
    This may have already been said, but, how bad a plan was it to have so much vital equipment in a very vulnerable place. This facility should have been on 20 acres with layers of security.
  31. 3 points
  32. 3 points
    Great project too and wish them much success in leasing this tower up. Plus a great little needed park to look forward to in the new year. Bonus shot of the Railyard looking forward to the next Cousins development and I hearing great things across the street.
  33. 3 points
    1012 Main St. (3 stories, 21 units, retail) update: Starting 3rd floor in west side. Looking east from intersection of Main St. and North 10th St: Looking south from intersection of Main St. and Forrest Ave: Looking SW from Forrest Ave., 1/2 block east of Main St:
  34. 2 points
    You can see the RV on Google Streetview. 115 Bakertown Road. Antioch, TN. 37013.
  35. 2 points
    It doesn't appear anyone else was pushing to expand the park, and I personally appreciate these women have taken the initiative to generate the funds. I don't think this is the last property to come under the ownership of the trust.
  36. 2 points
    A friend of mine just posted that AA called the majority of flight attendants to come back to work! Can’t find a link to this news but I’ll post when I find it.
  37. 2 points
    I can see Wells in Charlotte, but it's not even close for Chevron and Uber. Chevron would go to Houston and Uber in Austin. Austin is becoming the next silicon valley for the Southeast and not as giant of a move from Cali. TX also has no corp and personal income taxes. We will see what happens after the Pandemic, but I can see companies still embracing remote work so HQ relocations really wont matter too much. It's where the employees want to be is what will matter.
  38. 2 points
    Well, if they painted over the bricks that IS an abomination. Maybe I need to sneak over there some night with a can of spray paint and write "Take the g*dd*m white paint off of these bricks you idiots!!!"
  39. 2 points
    So in scanning the interwebs for Richmond development news...I came across something that could be interesting. This was taken from the resume of an architect at Walter Parks. See where it lists Locks 7 tower for around 2023. All the other projects on the resume are either completed or in progress, so seems like this could be on the horizon. I wonder if this would replace the announced canal walk hotel across from the Carmax offices. I can't find anything else about this, but anyone heard anything?? http://www.nahumgoodenow.com/resume
  40. 2 points
    I moreso want Virginia to rid of the independent city policy and re-establish Richmond as the county seat of Henrico (or a consolidation effort).
  41. 2 points
    head over to Nashville UP under Nashville Bits and Pieces for detailed information on the terrorist bomb in downtown Nashville today. It seems aimed at the major AT&T switching hub for the internet over there. From one of their posters: This is the where "The internet comes out of the ground". This is the portal for the direct connection to the hub in Atlanta. Atlanta is one of only a few sites in the United States with a hub directly on the internet backbone. By taking out the AT&T switch building, that will impact the backbone in Atlanta, as well as all internet/phone/sms/etc from Alabama to Kentucky (I know EVERYTHING AT&T is out in western/southern Kentucky). People will die because they cannot call 911. Stores are turning away customers because cash registers don't work without internet. There are secondary fiber from Virginia that is our primary backup, but also they are primary for Verizon, I think MCI lines. But the AT&T switch building is the big dog. Think of it as a level III site, while Atlanta is a level II site. There are 3 ULTRA MAJOR data centers in downtown Nashville next to the AT&T switch building - because they are <1 nanosecond from the internet backbone. So, 1+1=...we have several MAJOR companies in Nashville that immediately failed over to disaster recovery sites - as I type. I have many IT friends that are in emergency mode, and will be 24x7 until the next week, minimum Hope that helps everyone understand the magnitude of this event. It's very difficult to believe that this was just randomly parked in the one location capable of disabling all telecommunications for a 3 state region. But, to answer your question, those of us in IT have always known that. All other telecommunications in Nashville is secondary, but there is only one portal - and that's it.
  42. 2 points
    I look at the water tower on the Nebel mill building and then the new Lowes tower and I think about the NYC buildings with water tanks on the roof for sprinkler pressure. How does this building, and other buildings, maintain fire suppression systems without roof sourced pressure? The have fire suppression sprinklers, I assume. Someone educate me.
  43. 2 points
    the only three tower cranes outside of uptown in one site. Today and I found a new spot to view but still very wooded. this campus and building is MASSIVE.
  44. 2 points
    Childress Klein RAM Partners and Lowes bravo on this tower. Today. Looking at the skyline of Southend reminds me of downtown Greensboro. and I like downtown Greensboro too.
  45. 2 points
    interesting things at First Ward Park a new solar array flower and a pollution monitoring station. I sure wish UNCC had a twin building! Today. Not sure what the disks are in the astroturf.
  46. 1 point
    This is fine at large suburban intersections that are never going to be pedestrian friendly unless a bridge is built. However, they require a ton of additional ROW, which means they won't work in any kind of space constrained (urban) environment.
  47. 1 point
    They had Truist lit up in sky blue for a hot minute just now. It’s the best scheme I’ve seen, and helps to mitigate the jarring signage somewhat.
  48. 1 point
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  50. 1 point
    British Airways will be unable to resume passenger service to BNA, along with most other US destinations, until America gets COVID-19 under much better control. American passports remain basically worthless because foreign countries require extensive quarantine rules for travelers from the USA. The few international flights operating right now are mostly only from the very largest airports. Even many of those flights go out with very few passengers, however some carry decent loads of cargo. I would guess that BA will return to BNA next spring/summer at the earliest.

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