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    I meant to post this picture last week from our Bday trip to NYC. The picture came out pretty cool, but it was absolutely amazing from inside the plane. The sun beams shining through the clouds onto the city.
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    I had a one-hour meeting with Joe Cain, the Director of Urban Development for MDHA yesterday afternoon. We covered several topics related to downtown and East Nashville. In relation to this thread, we spoke for about 20 minutes on the Trolley Barns sites, and how the final decision for the Hensler/Eakin proposal came about. Here are some general take-aways: 1) The design board was very concerned that the feel and history of the Trolley Barns themselves would not be literally overshadowed by 15-30 story structures immediately to the north and west. They wanted a sense of scale so that the neighborhood that has been established there would still feel inviting and walkable. 2) They didn’t want a wall of taller structures blocking-off Rolling Mill Hill from downtown. They felt that a less dense air-space would create a better flow working up the hillside. 3) He made clear that the renderings from Eakin and Hensler were just initial concepts to get a sense of mass, but there would be much more design processing before final ideas are approved. 4) Joe felt that the Eakin office building facing Hermitage Avenue would have a lot of street activation with restaurant and retail. He thinks there will be a grocery store as part of the structure. He believes it will still stay in the 5-8 story range. 5) The buildings that will border directly on the existing Trolley Barn properties will be 2-4 stories, and will echo the same dark brown brick feel, with wide sidewalks and greenery, etc. This will add a very livable quality as well as welcoming space for tourists, diners, etc. to the shops and restaurants that will proliferate there. 6) He wasn’t so sure that the “Drive-In Theater Screen” look of the Hensler residential building would look that way in it’s final design. He thinks it will be more visually stimulating than that. He agreed that the large 4-story opening looking through the center of that building was very eye-catching, and the committee very much liked that. It will most likely remain in the 20-25 story range. 7) All of the buildings will have a parking element (garages either below grade and/or above) to them to not only take care of the new tenants, but also to replace the large surface lots currently on the land. If above grade, they want very tasteful treatments, and definite first floor street activation. 8) He believes that the back corner of the lot that is currently just south of the parking lot that borders on Hermitage Ave. and includes a retention/drainage pond, will be developed with a 4-6 story structure eventually, which will also include it’s own parking. 9) He also thinks the small lot that is on the SE corner behind the Trolley barns (that butts-up against the ridge leading up to the former Rolling Mill Hill Hospital) could very well have a 4-6 story garage built there, with first floor activation. 10) As far as the highly important/extremely valuable final lot on the SE corner of KVB and Hermitage, Joe said it will not be developed until after the other Eakin/Hensler projects are completed. Primarily this is due to the fact that it will have to temporarily be a parking lot to help replace some of the surface spots being redeveloped. Once those projects and their adjoining garages are ready, then they can “get to work” on that prime corner lot. He fully expects that it will receive many bids, and thinks it will be a 30-story structure that will become a high-profile, landmark piece. 11) He also shared that there was a tremendous amount of sewer work that had to be built for the Rolling Mill Hill development (there never used to be proper drainage when the hospital and earlier mills used to be up there, and it created tremendous run-off problems for Hermitage Avenue). They will be extending much of that work under these Trolley Barn sites as they grading and foundational work get underway. 12) Joe shared that there were incredible environment issues up on Rolling Mill Hill because nothing had ever been properly monitored or enforced from the 1800’s until the 1990s when it was all abandoned. He said a lot of waste from the hospital and old mills had seeped into the ground before it could flow down into the river (ughh!). Also tremendous clean-up work had to be done on the Trolley Barns due to all the fuel spillage, old tanks, etc. from when they were the maintenance buildings for all the city busses. 13) There have been many discussions with NES to bury the power lines that run along the west side the river, but the cost would be astronomical. NES is fearful that if they put all the work into doing that, then every other neighborhood in town that has power lines will want the same, and it will become a massive headache. They at least convinced NES to bury cables along the eastern edge of Rolling Mill Hill, where two power towers used to be located. Personally, he would love to see them all gone in the downtown area in the future, along with telephone poles.
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    *Note: I copied the text from a post I made on another forum. Most of the commentary is not for y'all. Some of this is construction progress. Some is just miscellaneous. I wish I was half as talented as some of you are with your camera thingys, but this will have to do.* A walk around downtown today. Some of these are updated favorites from years past. The skyline, as viewed through the lens of "Ghost Ballet." The SoBro skyline, with the new JW Marriott rising in the background. From the water's edge. More SoBro. Amazing that none of those towers existed before 2005-6, and only two of them were there before 2015. With "Ghost Ballet" in frame. The main skyline. It's such an interesting perspective being right down on the shore. It doesn't translate as well in pictures (perhaps more for SoBro), but the buildings seem a little more imposing, since you're looking at them from what might as well be 30' below "ground level"... The landing, and looking down the Cumberland River (flowing north, here). I am so glad the city has finally started to invest in the waterfront. There is still a lot of work to do, but it is such a great asset to have, and especially important since we are not a coastal city. This was difficult to frame....since I was using my phone. And it was bright, so I couldn't really see the display.:( A city rises from the jungle... Surprise visitor! The General Jackson. Notice the smokestacks are angled down so it can clear the bridges downtown. From the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge (formerly the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge). Back so soon?! Headed back towards Opryland, through the Korean Veterans Memorial Bridge. Rolling Mill Hill can be seen to the top right. L-R: 222 2nd Ave S (office), Hyatt Place (hotel), The SoBro (apartments), Encore (condos), Bridgestone North America (corporate HQ), Pinnacle (office). The 45-story, 523' 505 (apartments) is topped out and the exterior is nearly complete. It will not be the tallest building by actual height (Batman still holds that title), but it will have the tallest occupied floor by a considerable margin. The Schermerhorn Symphony Center (middle-left), the JW Marriott (the oval shaped building with the crane), Bridgestone Arena (middle -- also to note it is the 5th busiest concert venue in the US), and Cambria (hotel) rising above the arena (don't worry -- the blue isn't the final color. It will have cladding). Pinnacle. Florida Georgia Line is garbage. A hole in Bridgestone... Schermerhorn, with the JW Marriott in the background. Construction of the Moxy (hotel) at 3rd and Broad (former Trail West building). The Holy Temple of Hockey. Demolition of the old convention center to make way for the new 5th + Broad development (Residential, office, retail, museum). Musicians walking to their car after a gig. The historic Ryman Auditorium on your left, the famous Tootsie's Orchid lounge on your right. 505 Construction of the Dream Hotel on 4th (backs up to Printer's Alley), which will combine new construction with the rehab of some existing historic buildings. More of the Dream. The yellow brick building behind it is also being rehabbed to become a boutique hotel. The former Noel Place will become the Noelle (weird?), part of Starwood's Tribute Portfolio. Yes, that is a bus on top of a building. It is going to be a bar, on top of yet another hotel conversion in the area (this one is The Bobby). With all of the big name, towering hotels being built around the Music City Center, there is actually quite a bit of hotel activity in this little corner of downtown (more or less centered around Printer's Alley). It will become somewhat of a boutique hotel district. (I'm not particularly fond of the angles in this shot)...to the right of the Hotel Indigo, you can see yet another boutique hotel in the works (the building with the exposed sort of seafoam green area on its roof)...The Fairlane. The seat of the Metro Nashville government, in all of its Deco glory. Random. UBS....originally built as First American Bank. A re-hash of an old favorite. Deaderick St. Tennessee Tower (Snodgrass), the War Memorial Auditorium, and Legislative Plaza. Doubletree Hotel (left) and Bank of America (right). The plaza in-between. Walking up to Legislative Plaza. L-R: James K Polk, Fifth Third Bank, First Tennessee, 505, Hermitage Hotel. Who wants to climb that ladder? I love how the reflection of the cloud almost makes it appear as if the top of the building is invisible. It completes the shape of the cloud. Construction mess. Alley graffiti behind McKendree. 2nd Ave. Cumberland Park. I'd love to do this again with a real camera, at some point.
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    This is a shot from last weeks storms that is making its rounds on the web.
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    Well my days of aimlessly wandering uptown taking photos for urbanplanet have finally paid off. My photo made it as a finalist for the #uptownstunner contest!!!! Finally one of my photos of uptown has been noticed. Am I allowed to shamelessly request your votes ? http://www.charlottestories.com/ascent-uptowns-uptownstunner-photo-contest/?contest=photo-detail&photo_id=13057
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    Speaking of that swimming pool... I was trying to find @markhollin, but instead all I found were a few nice places where he takes his photos (oh, and did I mention I got a new camera a few weeks ago?):
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    Lifeless to alive in just a couple of years.
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    Ohh...you all wanted sunset photos instead.
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    A few shots from Corporate Center's crown. As a Charlottean, it will always be a special memory!
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    The sunrise this morning was pretty nice
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    Pretty sweet view from Trade St. It is almost a shame going to loose it.
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    View from the Hornets Nest on the top floor. The bar is on the 2nd floor and the top floor will be used for event and meeting space.
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    For anyone curious what's going on topside with this project. The shape is really starting to come together! I'm going to try to get some straight down pictures tomorrow when there's no workers in the area
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    Thank you! If I may, I'd like to submit this view as well. The density within West End and Midtown is really starting to go up along the major roads.
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    Heard from a trusted source: 5 stories, stick-built with podium parking. Quick Trip out front.
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    These will be my last photos of this. It turned out great!!!
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    loved the reflection of a sunny day contrasted with stormy skies walking out of uptown today
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    Possible Edition Hotel for the Gulch

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