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  1. Great news on the JetBlue front. It seems they are interested in maintaining a rather large maintenance facility with a Nashville company. This would be great for an airline that just started service today!!! Here's the article http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/ar...NESS01/60831006
  2. Btw, the grand opening for the train is on September 15. They are going to have receptions at the DT and Lebanon stations with a train ride in between. I was downtown the other evening and saw them testing the train, it was great to see passenger rail in Nashville after such a long absence !!
  3. Nashville's airport has revamped its website. Here's a blurb on it from the Tennessean: http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/ar.../608230380/1003 Here's the website: www.flynashville.com
  4. Yeah, I always thought the M-boro highrise was kinda odd without another to accompany it. I would say Clarksville has the population to support 2 or 3 skyscrapers. Jackson needs one, just to give a bit more civic pride. But it is a pretty important city for most of West TN. Franklin will never have a "skyscraper" unless there is some extremely drastic change in city policies. We have pretty strict height ordinances here. EDIT- I voted for Clarksville even though the Boro already has a skyscraper because I thought it had the most potential for a new one.
  5. Oh Tennessee drivers, and I just thought they were bad in rain and snow! Here's an article from today's Tennessean about how TN drivers are having trouble stopping at rail crossings. On another note, the picture of the train in the article looks really good. Not bad for some trains we bought for $1 from the city of Chicago! I look forward to seeing the interiors. http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/ar...EWS01/608080343
  6. I voted no because Murfreesboro is much like any other suburb of Nashville, with many of the same issues/problems. Their decisions would have many impacts on me if I were still a Franklinite.
  7. As I said a little while ago, I would LOVE a Mandarin Oriental to become the first city in the Southeast to have one. A nice combo of firsts (tallest tower, first Mandarin in the Southeast ) We do have all of that Japanese business that needs accomodation...
  8. PHofKS, I think that everything should connect through downtown as the central nexus. Maybe do a route from downtown to Opryland to the airport, but a light rail line could not connect to the commuter rail because there is just not enough frequency to then get people into downtown. IMO an airport route (we gotta give that 9 million an easy way into DT right Lexy! ) is the most important to get people downtown in a fairly direct manner and then disperse them from there. Still, I appreciate the thought you have put into this, it is important to connect the airport (and probably Opryland too) as the next focus by a rail alternative that will have some dependable frequency.
  9. But that means we'd get it before Atlanta . Remeber, the Asian business presence in DC is pretty huge.
  10. That actually sounds really cool even though it is so early Sadly, I can't make it since I'm still out of state, is there anything exciting coming up in August or is that still too far out?
  11. Just posted this link on the Arkansas site. It seems that TN has the 2nd highest amount of Japanese investment of any state in the country bar California. I think that gives SOME city in TN pretty durn good odds of attracting a direct flight to Japan. Here's the link: http://www.t-g.com/story/1122911.html
  12. Do you happen to know when the time line is for starting up that service though?
  13. Thanks for the article. It also said that Southwest is starting service to Washington Dulles in that article which I had not heard before. Does anyone know anything about that?
  14. Congrats to Murfreesboro. I found it interesting that Franklin wasn't even considered a city this year when we made the list last year. They must have changed the methodology on us... Here is another article from the same magazine that mentions the rebirth of Nashville. http://money.cnn.com/2006/06/15/real_estat...ities/index.htm
  15. I'll start by saying that I was born in Memphis (Methodist hospital). Half of my family still lives there and they are part of the "50-60%" that doesn't particularly like it. Just food for thought, but if you contend that over half of your MSA hates the MSA that they live in, I think there might be something very wrong there.
  16. http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/ar...NESS01/60717010 I don't think I've normally heard of traditional carriers adding flights to compete with Southwest, especially out of non-hub markets. I remember back a few years ago, US Airways had some flights to Tupelo, Little Rock, and some other sort of random places. I thought they might be making us a focus city then they hit a little bump called bankruptcy. Anyhow, good news for Nashville and confusing news for me .
  17. http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/ar...EWS02/607170343 A new article from the Tennessean today on some possible future sources of financing for the Music City Star and other rail projects. Most areas around the country utilize a dedicated revenue stream to rail projects. I think it would be smarter to just make rail expenses be a certain proportion of highway dollars spent, that way rail itself isn't villified for tax increases or otherwise and transit funding all comes from the same pot.
  18. I believe the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee just held a hearing on the Wright amendment this past week... Here's an article updating what is going on: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metrop...an/4046463.html
  19. I think it was 2001 or somewhere around that time. I'll look it up a bit later and get back to you. EDIT: Oh crud, I guess I got my announcements mixed up. MTSU is the largest UNDERGRAD institution in the state, UTK is still the largest school (more grad students). My apologies on that one. I still think my point stands on the potential of students to use a light rail line, esp. since only 15% live on campus!!! Here's the Wikipedia article on the school http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle_Tennes...tate_University
  20. Lol, great free marketing and less problems with rights of way!! You'd just have to figure out what to do when you got into the city and there were no more median...
  21. I think the Murfressboro line of a possible rail system should be more than just commuter rail at it's inception. There is alot of potential for constant activity with both the population that Murfressboro boasts and the fact that it has the largest University in the state there.
  22. Wow, that's awesome. Night can certainly provide you some good contrast with how it's lit. But I thought we were going for biggest here!!!
  23. Great shots Lexy, now all you need is the A 380 to land in Nashville for you to take some shots!!
  24. Btw, does anyone have an idea of what terminal JetBlue will be coming into?
  25. Blasphemy!! I think he can do it.
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