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  1. I should have some news on this in the Post very soon. Should be positive. WW
  2. It is not an apples-to-apples comparison because Nashville's "city limits" span far more square miles than those of Atlanta and Memphis.
  3. VERY good pizza. This could be a hit in Memphis.
  4. Keep the facade. The balustrade is strong. The renderings have me concerned. WW
  5. Farmer's Market. It opens at 8 a.m. and, from what I've observed, does not start to get crowded until about 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays. We could even start the meeting at 9:30, which might be better than 10. Positives: * Free parking (and plenty of it) * Central location, which allows some of you who who live in the suburbs and enjoy the meetings, in part, because of the chance to see/be in/drive through downtown the chance to continue to do so. The Nations or some similar far-flung place might not allow such a good opportunity. * Lots of food/beverage options (I would actually do a lunch there after the meetings on occasion) * Indoor/outdoor seating options * Close enough to walk (or take the free MCC bus) into the "northern fringe" of the CBD * No pressure to buy a drink or meal at the market since it's a public space. I feel strongly that if we meet at a privately owned cafe, we should all make a purchase. To not do so is inappropriate. * A chance to feel we are "part of the community." In contrast, a semi-private space in a cafe (i.e., a space a bit removed from the main space) or a cafe that doesn't do much business (like Cafe Luna) would give the feel that we are isolated a bit. That's not a good vibe. If we are willing to settle for that vibe, we might as well meet, for example, at the McCabe Park Community Center or East Park Community Center, which are located more centrally than any place in The Nations and require no food/bev purchases. A possible concern for some of you might be noise at the market. But I don't think it would be that bad. Plus, any place we meet is going to have some negatives. It just seems to me that the Farmer's Market will offer the most positives and the fewest negatives compared to any other option. For the record, I have no desire to meet in The Nations or East Nashville. Those are fine places, but the history and tradition of the group is downtown. And I feel we should attempt to maintain that evolution. (Admittedly, I live downtown and I'm biased.) One more thing: We've now met at three places over the years and all have closed or been altered in such a manner that is not doable. The Farmer's Market is going nowhere. It could become our permanent home (finally).
  6. Excellent points, Mark. The one thing worth stressing: If we're going to raze charming old buildings that have a music industry history (and, as such, a Nashville history) on the Row, can we not at least have the replacement buildings be attractive? I can think of three large-scale apt buildings constructed on Music Row the past few years (I can't ID them due to my job) that are modestly attractive at best (some would contend they are downright ugly). True, there have been some nice additions, too. Nobody likes change in this city more than I do, but I have a few requests I would respectfully ask of all of us: 1. Ask that developers replace quality/historically important buildings with equally quality buildings that can create their own history 2. Be VERY careful what we wish for, get excited about (and sometimes grudgingly accept) in important/distinctive/historic areas/districts/nodes (e.g., Music Row, Vanderbilt campus, Five Points, Germantown, etc.) 3. Acknowledge when we lose key buildings to temper our excitement (our of respect) about the replacements 4. Agree that "change for the sake of change" is generally not acceptable 5. Agree that some areas are simply not worth developing/redeveloping at this stage of the city's evolution (for fear of negatively impacting those areas that are) I liked this sentence (nice wordsmithing) from Mark's post: The jingle industry that used to be clustered along Michigan Avenue is a wisp of what it once was. WW
  7. Great point about Indy. Its flatness is both a blessing (great for bike riding, walking and observing/admiring the skyline from afar) and a curse (the flatness limits any quirky or distinctive physical arrangement of buildings in relation to the "natural environment") I read somewhere that L.A. is actually more dense than we realize. WW
  8. I just re-looked (had been a while) . Great job, Kevin. As to T-Hog's point that you cannot fairly judge our density by square mileage due to the fact that so much of Davidson County is covered with low-density terrain ... excellent point. But as Kevin noted, other cities have low-density areas too due to physical terrain limitations (Cincy and Pittsburgh come to mind) so we have to consider that Nashville's "city" population is not the only for which the pop number is distorted. Still, we have some very respectable density in some areas of our city and continue to see improvement. It's exciting to see unfold. My fundamental point is simple: On the list The Tennessean ran, Nashville has about a 670,000 "city" population to Atlanta's 485,000 "city" population. I assume we all know which is the larger city. And back to Pittsburgh ... both the Burgh and NVille have about 2 million MSA pops, but the core of Pittsburgh, as Ron says, "plays so much bigger" than the core of Nashville because it has so many more tall (50 feet tall and taller) commercial buildings and so much more "vertical density." Of course, many of those Pittsburgh buildings are empty or under-utilized.
  9. No question. We actually have some very solid density in some parts of the city. The better (though far from perfect) metric for comparing populations is MSA pop figures. Still, you have to consider many factors doing that, also.
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