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  1. I'm on the HWEN board (obviously not commenting in that capacity here) and there seems to be strong opposition to this project. Primary concerns revolve around parking, traffic, density/massing, and stormwater. This plan represents a revision from one we saw last year and this is reflected in the step back in height on the back side of the property and the 10 fewer units from the initial proposal. Many seem to be concerned that the property is currently zoned for no more than 30 units so 180 seems like a huge jump, but there is evidence this spot can handle this development imo. The proposed t
  2. This one looks to me like they were tasked with building another office building for Cool Springs, made up of parts from five existing Cool Springs office buildings.
  3. I may be incorrect, but I remember hearing when this was announced that the dorms would all be in the primary structure and the tower would be apartments for visiting faculty, guest lecturers, etc. The University does not currently provide "preferred" housing to wealthier/more prominent students. Housing assignments are based only on a points system assigned by class (1 point per year attended up to 4) with extra half points given to students returning from GEO study abroad programs. The only preferential decision I'm aware of is anecdotal, but I did hear years ago that the card access system
  4. In 1999 Vanderbilt had an acceptance rate of 61%. Applications have increased from 9754 in 2001 to 29500 in 2014 and 37310 in 2019. The most recent acceptance rate was 9.1%. Of the current student body, 67% receive financial aid and the average aid package is over $54000. Only 30% of graduates pursue graduate school(70% of those get into their first choice). All of these figures demonstrate that the quality of student has dramatically shifted in the last two decades. Average entrance test scores have increased over 10%. Vanderbilt doesn't have to accept all the good in-state/regional applicant
  5. Is this . . . serious? I'd be interested to hear more details about what gives you this impression. I've spent daily time on campus the last couple of years after almost 20 years away. I assure you, the University is far more impressive in nearly every measurable way than it was in the late '90's. Vanderbilt has added new majors and encourages interdisciplinary studies so that most students now graduate with a double major or multiple minors. The campus plan has everything to do with recognizing changing dynamics in higher ed as well as responding to the new level of competition Vanderbil
  6. I feel confident that a new gym is not something they are now or would ever consider.
  7. Pretty sure they are talking about the industrial area between Hermitage Ave and the river out beyond rolling mill hill. This would require relocation of a couple of dozen businesses.
  8. Specific designs for that area are still in play. Parking seems to be something Vanderbilt believes is outside of the long term need with regard to broader University goals. I think this is interesting to watch; Vanderbilt seems firm in its understanding that mass parking will not be a long term University concern.
  9. It's my understanding that scale is an important consideration in the campus redevelopment master plan. They could have solved some existing housing shortages by designing any of the recent projects taller, but the long term goal is about fostering a cohesive architectural environment. I think it will make more sense when this project and Greek Row are finished and designs for the next faze of redevelopment pending demolition of Branscomb, the Morgan/Lewis towers and Chaffin/Mayfield (including the 25th ave garage) are finally released.
  10. Carmichael 3 and 4 are scheduled to come down beginning this May. Towers 1 and 2 are scheduled to come down beginning in May of '20.
  11. 400 degrees never closed; Aqui has just changed locations a couple of times. She left the third and peabody location a couple of years ago when she bought a building in Bordeaux. She has been running out of a food truck in the parking lot during a long remodel but opened up the inside last year. They have beer on tap now and are located next to the Auto Zone. As far as hot chicken: prince's, 400 degrees, and bolton's are the only hot chicken places in town. The rest . . . is wrong.
  12. Growth and change are inherent in U.S. history. Some places boom and some whither, but no place stays the same. For many reasons, I think Nashville was insulated from some aspects of this natural cycle for a large part of the latter 20th century. There was a sort of artificial inhibitor that restricted these trends and may well contribute to the pent up demand this boom seems to be revealing. Not all change is good. The farm where I grew up is now a strip mall and big box store. While it serves the needs of the 50,000+ people in the community today, I think there was inherent value that was lo
  13. I was able to sample most of the Green Pheasant menu the week prior to open and the food was really good. They were revising some details, but they had decent variety, and I would gladly try any item again. The trout was absolutely stunning; it should be their signature dish. I'm not sure about the interior design, it felt fine when I was the only person there, but I stopped in briefly while they were busy last weekend and can see how the aesthetic might overwhelm some people.
  14. While those athletic departments bring in a lot of money, they don't actually make that much profit. I think Alabama made like $175 million in revenue from athletics last year, but only $15 million in profit. Overall, only 24 athletic departments nationwide made more than they spent in 2017. That profit doesn't go back into the University either. These are minor league sports franchises and while I love to go and cheer for my teams, I think it is clear from the way many of the larger schools treat their student athletes that they have misplaced priorities. Vanderbilt students have an incredibl
  15. I counter that they are being responsible, unlike their SEC peers. All other sports have top notch facilities for fans and athletes (tennis needs a renovation). Who benefits from pumping huge amounts of money into the football stadium? It isn't the football players, they spend all their time using facilities that have been built new or replaced within the last five years. Also, the University will not tap into the endowment for these projects, that would be recklessly irresponsible. The University has improved itself unbelievably over the last twenty years, it is remarkable how much better the
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