East Side Urbanite

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  1. Soccer in Nashville

    Excellent point about the drive in Boston. And the fact that our stadium is downtown and easily accessible, among reasons (including some Pete noted), is why I feel Nashville will have a very solid shot at this (assuming the North America bid trumps the Morocco bid). As to any other approvals, I'm not sure.
  2. Soccer in Nashville

    I failed to make my point clearly. My bad. In short, anybody's argument for Nashville being included will be stronger if that argument includes some of the challenges and shortcomings. Doing so provides context and shows a certain respect for our city. When I read posts like this from people in other cities (Charlotte, Austin, etc.), I feel tempted to point out the shortcomings of those posts (I don't because I don't personally know those posters). I do know Pete and tremendously respect him. And that is why I responded. I feel we should be strongly respectful of Nashville. To say it's a better city (or worse city) than it actually is (and I'm not accusing Pete of doing so) is to do it a disservice. I don't play that game. I leave the hyper-pro-Nashville "we're the best city in America" approach to the chamber types. Cincy's NFL stadium in term sof exterior design makes Nissan's exterior look like a high school facility. And its location is every bit as strong as our stadium's location, which, I agree with you, is stellar. But the setting (no commercial businesses on the east bank and excessive surface parking) is a bit lacking. To be blunt, I'm not a fan of our stadium but I do strongly like Bridgestone Arena.
  3. Soccer in Nashville

    Pete, Though I agree with your points and hope Nashville' s bid is successful, you fail to acknowledge why Nashville would NOT be a good city for the World Cup. * Compared to most of the cities on the list, we have a very modest soccer culture. For example, we have few bars in which soccer is the main sport shown on TV. I would think most soccer fans want to visit "soccer cities" if they are going to take the time and money to travel. We are not yet a soccer city and not even close. * Many soccer fans from Africa and Asia (and from other parts of the world, for that matter) could care less about our "music city brand," hot chicken, honkytonks, etc. That is not even remotely on their "cultural radar." Many of the folks who would travel overseas for soccer would, we assume, tend to be "international citizens" and would want to visit an international city. Nashville is not that compared to most other cities on the North America bid list. * We have one of the worst NFL stadiums in terms of functionality and attractiveness. It's a joke in some respects and everybody knows it. * On the travel theme, some fans would be flying in from cities to which our airport has modest connectivity (if any at all). Don't get me wrong, I think we'll have a solid chance. And I love Nashville as much as anybody. But let's keep this in perspective. WW

    A heartfelt letter, John. Your effort with this missive each January has become an annual tradition. Dave and Hank are missed. WW
  5. Rest in peace, Getahn Ward.

    GWard was a beast of a reporter. He was relentless with his work ethic and very knowledgeable of both the craft of journalism and the city's growth and development scene. No doubt, I always considered him a worthy competitor. This is a big blow to The Tennessean and to the city's modest (in numbers) print journalism community.
  6. City Lights, 7 Stories, 71 condos, restaurant

    Ron is doing a downtown walk and has called me to note the crane at City Lights is being erected and already pushing 50 feet in height.
  7. CBD/SoBro/RutledgeHill/Rolling Mill Hill Projects

    Like Ron said, this is a outdated image and has no connection to Southwest Partners. I got this verification from a very reliable source. WW
  8. Projects You Think That Will Not Be Built

    I essentially agree with everything Ron notes here. Good post. WW I could name at least five large-scale projects that likely won't happen anytime soon (if at all). But I have to be discrete given my situation. Overall, however, Nashville is still poised to see lots of new construction start this year. WW
  9. Projects You Think That Will Not Be Built

    I have to be careful regarding naming specific projects. However (and I have shared this thought with Ron), it seems that of all the large-scale projects (those with a price tag of $15 million or more) announced a year ago or more, upwards of 50 percent will not happen anytime soon, if ever. I know of MANY projects that have been scrapped or that soon will be. But am not at liberty to ID. The "pinnacle year" of this current boom cycle was 2015. No doubt, 2016 will be a solid year in terms of construction starts on major projects. Then we likely will see a very modest number of starts on major projects in 2017, 2018 and, perhaps 2019. Banks are skittish to make loans for these projects. The cost of labor, materials and rental of construction equipment is high. Property values are inflated, thus dissuading would-be developers to buy and build. In short, a slow-down looms. WW
  10. Nashville Development Map & Resources Page

    Ron has done an outstanding job with the map. It will be very useful, both to our members and those folks who live in other cities and want to find out about Nashville's growth and development. Great effort, RB. WW
  11. Nashville Bits and Pieces

    Ron is on target with his take. He and I are hearing things that suggest a moderate slowdown is already unfolding. However, and on a positive note, I feel we'll be in solid shape the next few years. WW
  12. Dave Luna Remembered: Passed 4 years ago this month.

    I would argue's John annual (every January) tribute post to the spirit of Dave Luna is the single-most important post any of us makes any given year. For those newer to the group and who did not get to know Dave, he was a saint of a man. I always saw him as the "godfather" of the Nashville urbanplanet chapter. Great job with this post, John. RIP, Dave.
  13. East Nashville/Inglewood/Madison/Donelson/Hermitage/Old Hickory

    I've had a few folks express concern to me about what they feel might be "excessive height" with the proposed East Sider building. One thing to consider: At some point, the building home to Bongo East will be bought and razed. It will be replaced with a building positioned at the sidewalk and likely standing about 35 feet tall. Five Points can handle some buildings of this type (we can only hope that a three-story building will eventually go on the BP station site). In short, the East Sider should work well. WW
  14. Nashville Bits and Pieces

    Overall, I agree with John on this. I would be OK with a nice Ferris Wheel on the east bank. The "roller coaster/observation tower" does seem a bit cartoonish. And TopGolf ... seems like a fine business and nice looking building BUT ... John is right. It might work better elsewhere. But I'm not opposed to it on that site. WW
  15. Nathan, Wish I could make it but can't. Enjoy your visit. WW