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  1. A good comparison. Wish we could have saved the attractive buildings that were in solid shape.
  2. I would like to weigh in as somebody who rarely posts but reads the board some and has been a humble UP member since 2005. Ron does a stellar job with all his lists and maps. He is a freaking animal with the UP work and his work for the Post. His organizational skills and memory are well suited for such work. I'm thrilled to see all the positive comments regarding this. Well deserved, RB. You truly are the founder and godfather of the local UP chapter. On this theme, there are others who do strong work for UPlanet. I'd like to highlight a few (knowing I will omit others, so my apologies to them). Mark: The man is the poster boy for energy and focus. He is our president and our leader — and deservedly so. I love ya, MH. Bob: The photos, the commitment to the meetings, the perspective (given all his travels) ... hugely important. Craig: We've been needing a younger UP member to step up and Craig has done so. Stay with us, my Boston friend. John: As we know, the Doorman Poet does not post anymore and doesn't like to Zoom. But we'll see him soon when we resume meeting in person. His annual tributes to Dave make me emotional. And we can't exclude Stephen and Todd, two originals who provide all types of positive contributions. Everybody brings good things to the table and I appreciate that! It's a team effort and we are fortunate to have such a good group. WW
  3. Huntsville has a lot of fantastic qualities (strong craft beer scene, for example). Its main challenge — as most of us know — is to create better urban fabric and connectivity in the core. Downtown plays much more like a large Murfreeboro and a small Chattanooga. But that seems to be changing. I'm very impresses with all the activity. Very nice
  4. Ron with a truly impressive effort. If you folks knew how quickly and effectively he did this, your collective heads would spin. I told Ron this would have taken me three months to do. He seemingly knocked it out in three hours. LOTS happening in Huntsville. That city , Asheville and Chattanooga will be "competing" (loosely speaking) the next few years. Each one is on the move.
  5. Agree with Smeags. The person doing the NashTallBldg wiki page is nailing it. Great work.
  6. To be clear, SoBro surpasses Birmingham's downtown epicenter in terms of tall new buildings. So, and specificially as seen from a "long-view" distance, the edge goes to SoBro. But if you consider beautiful old buildings of eight floors or taller (as seen from a moderate distance or up-close) and the fine-grained, pedestrian fabric of the heart of the Ham (in other words, what we would experience walking through or driving through that area of the city) ... BHam buries SoBro and, for that matter, might barely edge the entirety of downtown Nashville. It's all relative.
  7. Another outstanding post from the Doorman Poet honoring the memory of Dave Luna. For the handful of us who recall the early days of the local urbanplanet.org chapter (2004 to 2009), Dave was a huge contributor to the group. He is missed to this day. Thanks, John, for penning this heartfelt message and for making it an annual tradition. WW
  8. I agree with Smeags. Over-the-Rhine is on the highest level of pre-World War II-constructed architecture that is both intact and lacking modernist buildings likely found in any city located outside the Northeast. There is nothing even remotely like it in Nashville (or most other U.S. cities for that matter). But WeHo is getting some building density, which is encouraging.
  9. Maybe I haven't seen on this board or in media reports, but two things: 1. The smallest (in terms of MSA populations) U.S. city with four of the big five (NFL, MLB, NBA, MLS and NHL) is Denver with about 3 million people. The Nashville MSA is 2 million and we have three of the big five. Do we have the population so support a fourth? Relatively speaking, no city in U.S. history has ever had such a disproportionate number of franchises related to its overall population. Is Nashville "that special" so as to be the exception that can successfully be the first do do so? I don't think so. 2. And related to the first question: If we got MLB, could that hurt corporate support for all four? There are only so many corporate dollars to go around to three pro franchises, much less four. The question is not do we want MLB? I like baseball (big Cubs fan) and would like to have a franchise in the. But at this point in our city's evolution? I'm not so sure. Seems potentially harmful.
  10. I actually have a postcard of this. It's one of the oldest cards in the my collection of postcards of city skylines (from the U.S. and the world). I have about 1,000 dating from the late 1960s to the late 2000s. I'm hoping to sell it one day, so if anybody is interested in buying (or knows somebody who might be) ... contact me.
  11. Birmingham (for its population) offers a very impressive array of cultural/civic attractions, shopping/retail and restaurants/cafes/bars. In that respect, it "punches way above its weight." But perhaps with the exception of the cultural/civic amenities (which the Ham's collectively are only slightly below ours) ... Nashville is still ahead. The main things the Ham has that we don't is 1. lots of old-school commercial/industrial/retail masonry buildings and density with those; 2. a handful of gorgeous traditional per-World War II-constructed towers of 200 feet or more (we have zero but the Vanderbilt tower will give us one, notwithstanding the age); and 3. a massive sea (as found in Memphis) of gridded/sidewalked/curbed streetscape — and attractive, too. I do envy Birmingham's one-two punch of zoo and art museum. Nashville is toward the bottom of the list of mid-sized cities (and I've been to a lot of the zoos and art museums in those cities) in this category. But what we lack in that area, we compensate for in music-related museums and performance venues. If Nashville ever got its act together and 1. overhauled its rough streetscapes in various districts (WeHo, Sylvan Heights, Woodbine, The Nations); 2. created lots more brick and stone retail buildings like the one currently under construction in Hillsboro Village (very nice) and 3. saw constructed a few more 250-foot-plus high-rises like the Vanderbilt gothic-collegiate tower ... this city would be quite something. The lack of major mass transit would not hurt as much in that scenario.
  12. I've been to the Memphis Made facility in Cooper-Young and strongly enjoyed it. This will be very nice. Great to see it moving forward. These are all, likely, very nice hotels. I suppose people can define "high-end" in many ways. For me (a budget traveler), the Memphis hotels you list would be luxurious. For the uber wealthy and highly discriminating (and something status-conscience and materialistic) traveler, they might be insufficient.
  13. T-Hog,

     

    Can I use your photo of the ex-Tennessean site (seem you took from 1201 Demonbreun)? I can give you a credit. What's your actual name?

    thx

    William Williams (east side urbanite)

     

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