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  1. The Mall at Green Hills

    You've struck the chord that bugs me the most, power lines. I believe that Nashville could be one of the prettiest large cities in the country but for those damn power lines. Yes, they're ugly as hell, and I'm not sure there's a plan (or will) to bury them. A few years ago when the apparently do-nothing Mayor Bill Purcell was in office, Metro passed a huge bond issue to put sidewalks all over the county. Others could elaborate on the sense in doing that, but IMO that money would have been better spent burying utilities and street improvements from East Nashville to Green Hills. Perhaps, someone can elaborate more on that. On your question regarding why green hills. Dare I say, "Money"? When I was living in Nashville, it was the fourth wealthiest zip code in the nation thanks in large part to Forest Hills, Oak Hill, and Belle Meade. Obviously, none of those high end stores has seen fit to land there. That's only one reason why I'm not a retail consultant.
  2. The Mall at Green Hills

    Thanks for that info. From humble beginnings, TMAGH didn't exactly zoom to the top of high-end shopping, did it? Considering that it's not there yet, it's been fifty years in the making. This year may be pivotal for the center.
  3. Project Thread/New Construction/Photo du jour/Const. CAMs

    While the link is active, check out these photos from 1970s Nashville courtesy of the online Tennessean. There were some from the 40s, 50s, and 60s but those links did not stay on the Tennessean site longer than a day. http://tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/galler...0821&Ref=PH
  4. Project Thread/New Construction/Photo du jour/Const. CAMs

    Funny thing, guys. I also saw that and thought the very same thing. Besides, it's encore, right? If anything shouldn't it be musical notes? Still that would look cheesy too.
  5. The Mall at Green Hills

    Sorry, just checked the name and it's Galleria. Also, Nordstrom is the only store that has given a definite "NO" with respect to expansion to Nashville. Knowing their product mix, I still never thought of them as compatible with the Green Hills market. It would seem to me that they would eventually go out to Galleria. So those of you who know the Nashville market better that I, how far off am I?
  6. The Mall at Green Hills

    Pardon my unfamiliarity with TMAGH, but it's just two anchors, right? That's a Macy's and Dillards... if correct, I don't see how that situation can continue much longer if the mall wants to call itself "upscale". First, as has been laid out by the previous posts, neither of those stores (and Belk too) is upscale. So either they remix their anchors, or they don't stay in the upscale niche much longer. Given recent additions like Tiffany (and what were the other stores, gucci, D&G whoever?), anyway, it would seem to me that a strategic decision to continue its move up would require a remix of the anchors. Really when you think about it, a measly two anchors, and Dillard and Macy's at that do not qualify as destination shopping. Without a true upscale mix of anchors, TMAGH will not be destination shopping center. I could be wrong, and maybe they don't necessarily want to be destination, but it looks that way to me. Plus, looking at that satellite shot of the center, they couldn't add one anchor, much less two without some heavy duty demolition. I can't see them going to the trouble of adding one store without adding a second one as a definitive statement that the center is completely different than the Gallery at Cool Springs (that's its name?).
  7. Project Thread/New Construction/Photo du jour/Const. CAMs

    Durn, I'm jealous.
  8. The Mall at Green Hills

    Admittedly, it's hard for me to recollect how much space is around the mall. However, I seem to remember going all the way back to the expansion in the early 90s, that land was kept (as a parking lot), but slated as the site for a future anchor store. That was on Abbot Martin. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&...mp;t=h&z=17 Using my unscientific, eyeballing method, I'm inclined to say "no sweat" on a second anchor. The expansion of the parking as a first step would make lots of sense, as they would then have to give up parking to proceed on the new retail space.
  9. The Mall at Green Hills

    Didn't the owners buy up lots of land along that bypass street that runs behind the mall? Plus, I know the last time I was in Nashville, the mall had lots of parking on a lot to the north. QUESTION: I was "thumbing" through some photos put online by the Tennessean a few days ago, and there was an aerial shot of the "Green Hills Shopping Center", the forerunner to the TMAGH. I'm sure it wasn't the old HG Hill strip although it looked like it, with one long row of shops, as it was directly across Hillsboro Rd. from Hillsboro High School. The photo caused me to wonder about the big red brick building of offices and retail on ground that runs perpendicular to the mall. It does not appear in the photo. I had always assumed that it predated the mall. Does anyone have any history of that building? I can't seem to find the link now as the Tennessean has taken it away.
  10. Music City Center, 1.2 million sq. ft., $623 million

    No offense taken. I knew that Nashville was a popular convention destination, but I didn't realize it was in the top 10. Yes, that bodes well for the new CC. While I remain skeptical, I really do hope Nashville breaks the mold on CCs.
  11. Music City Center, 1.2 million sq. ft., $623 million

    Just telling you what I think will happen. I'm not saying that I disagree with the idea behind it, just that the politicians will shy away (even run from) the idea of anything other than a convention center. Don't misunderstand, I think you guys did fine work, and no doubt the politicians will "engage" the community as it's the politically smart thing to do and costs virtually nothing to do. This is after all, public money, and it's always a touchy subject when public financing is concerned. I could even predict for you how this will play out: Lots of nice renderings and plans will be put forth to the public, and then the cost estimates will come. Then all of a sudden there will be vocal objections from citizens, and then the various commissions involved, and they'll look for areas to cut (aka value engineer), and somebody(s?) will complain that the mission is to build a convention center ONLY, and it must be cost-effective, etc.,etc., etc. I've seen it umpteen times before, and I'll bet you have too. You might get some nice architecture, but not with the Roman forum and apartments and retail, etc.. I'm quite sure that in the end you'll get a box. Whether you agree with me or not, you know politicians probably as well as I do. When have they not acted this way? Oh, and with all due respect, there's no way a piddling 350K convention hall (and that is what it's supposed to be, no?) can blow away a 1.5M convention center (not counting the Dome). So let's not get into a p***ing match on CC's.
  12. Music City Center, 1.2 million sq. ft., $623 million

    My point is that the politicians and CC-backers will actually want a big box for several reasons. First, it will be something they can point to and say, "See we built a convention center". People are inherently distrustful of governments getting into the landlord business for either residential or other. A building that has any more than a convention center will appear to be that, and the politicians will want to distance themselves from anything more than a CC. Additionally, with the money earmarked to a CC, they'll be reluctant to take a portion of it for something other than a CC. Most will be afraid that it would be seen as "less of a CC" than they could get by using all the money for convention space without the extra stuff. I work with politicians, and in their minds it's about getting "just the facts" without making the task any more complicated. In other words, "The city is paying for a convention center, and that's just what they're gonna get."
  13. Music City Center, 1.2 million sq. ft., $623 million

    Personally, I don't see this happening. Nashville's leaders may get some worthwhile ideas, but I think it will be perceived as too many frills without the real meat and potatoes of the convention center itself. This is after all a public project.
  14. Project Thread/New Construction/Photo du jour/Const. CAMs

    20th and Belcourt, which will be mixed use retail and office in the heart of Hillsboro Village. Five floors wrapped around parking garage. http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/ar...NESS01/80303013 http://www.nashvillecitypaper.com/news.php?viewStory=59002
  15. The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    That's it. Thanks.