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  1. donNdonelson

    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    WOW, I was unaware of the situation covered in this article! Looks like East Nashville would, indeed, have a Publix right now, but for the unwillingness of the city planners to work with the developer to get the project done. Too bad!
  2. donNdonelson

    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    Publix does urban store locations in many cities. I've shopped in Publix stores near downtown Tampa, Atlanta and Greenville, SC and they are very busy locations for the chain. My guess is that their studies of the numbers do not make financial sense for East Nashville at this time. There WAS talk of a Publix being included in a development that was proposed for the Music Row Roundabout area.
  3. donNdonelson

    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    Sorry, I am doing something wrong and have not been able to attach the pic...but there is the oxblue webcam where you can see both the convention center and the omni/country music hall of fame expansion construction as they continue to grow! http://oxblue.com/open/clarkconstruction/nashvilleconventioncenter
  4. donNdonelson

    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    Here's a pic of MCC I snapped on Friday night (7-6-12). Not the best pic, but it does give an impression of the sheer mass of the building!
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    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    Here is some information regarding the funding of the park being build atop the Woodall Rodgers Freeway in Dallas. The Park, expected to complete in late 2012, is funded through a public, private partnership, including more than $37 million in private donations, $20 million in bond funds from the City of Dallas, $20 million in highway funds from the state and federal government through the Texas Department of Transportation and $16.7 million in federal stimulus funds. The Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation will continue its capital campaign and privately manage, operate and program the park. from McCarthy.com dated 11-15-11
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    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    This is a rendering of a project in Dallas, that is at or near completion, to cover a portion of the Woodall Rogers Freeway with a park that adjoins the Arts District.
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    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    My point is that the name would not seem so completely inappropriate if it were in a less trendy/hip/up and coming location...but seems remarkably TACKY and out of place in the gulch. I was not raising a question as to whether or not the neighborhood is, indeed, "up and coming." (I think the Gulch is becoming a beautiful part of the city)
  8. donNdonelson

    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    May as well go ahead and call it "Klassy Kocktails and Kouture" so we can get the whole KKK imagery going...if you want to project a backward, hicksville image, that is!!! This is a seriously STUPID name for a business in what is supposed to be an up-and-coming neighborhood!
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    Twelve Twelve - 312 units | 23 fl | ~260 ft | Sold Out

    With all the additional residential development coming along in the downtown and midtown area, a renewed push for retail will surely follow in time. I'm looking forward to seeing how this all develops!
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    May Town Center

    A "May Town-type" development is in the works for Donelson already...north of I-40 between Donelson Pike and Stewarts Ferry Pike. I am in full support of that project (and I live VERY nearby) AND I support the May Town project in Bells Bend also. Well planned and executed, both these projects can contribute to the form and function of our community.
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    Signature Tower

    The building that stood at the corner of Church Street and Fifth Ave. was home of the Cain-Sloan Department Store and was not a historic structure. The historic Castner-Knott building still stands at the corner of Church Street and Capital Ave. and is fully renovated and home to Morton's Steak House and office space.
  12. donNdonelson

    Signature Tower

    As for the James Robertson Apartments.....that is a MDHA section 8 building and I think it very unlikely that it would ever be handed over to private development.
  13. donNdonelson

    Nashville College & University Expansion

    As happy as I was to see the new public library built downtown, I was saddened that it meant the move of Watkins College of Art out to Metro Center. It was a great shot of young energy to see those art students coming and going to classes. I whole heartedly agree that that youthful energy is a great addition to a downtown. Maybe some of the local institutions will see a need to add a downtown campus for an urban studies institute or some such program. We can dream, eh?
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    I am in Portland right now and have really enjoyed riding the great streetcar system. Many times my thoughts have wandered to how this system could be adapted and function in the Nashville area. I've pictured a route that circulates from downtown to Baptist hospital, Vanderbilt, Hillsboro Village back through Midtown and the Gulch and returning to the center of the city. Another that might work well right away would be a line from downtown into East Nashville. If the connections could be close to the current Music City Star station it could improve ridership on the commuter line. (I've also dreamed that Nashville could have the beautiful canopy of green trees that Portland has, but the climate and soil conditions here are more suited to that ammenity.)
  15. donNdonelson

    Dillard's leaving Hickory Hollow Mall

    Actually the victim was an innocent, off-duty restaurant employee who was trying to stop the altercation between the perp and the other employee who owed drug money to the perp. Your points about crime happening all over the city are accurate, but Antioch is seeing an awful lot of that crime, or so it would seem.