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  1. A 1950 Jersey Farms-branded map "compiled and drawn by city and county planning commissions". Doesn't show the annexations in the last four or five years before consolidation, but does have a lot of detail (and these city limits were unchanged for several decades): https://teva.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p15138coll23/id/10093/rec/30 I haven't found a good online map of the city from the period 1958 to 1963.
  2. The figures come from an appendix ("Total State and Local Taxes as a Share of Family Income") in a downloadable ITEP report (PDF). Go to Appendix A on pages 26 and 27: https://itep.sfo2.digitaloceanspaces.com/whopays-ITEP-2018.pdf. In the attached screenshot I cut out all but the relevant states, but left Tennessee in for comparison. They also break down each state's tax burden by tax type and income level in an interesting section starting on page 31. The difference is that Texas's sales tax is higher and California has a negative income tax for its poorest residents.
  3. This is a site that tracks new development, and so it's not surprising that business growth and population growth are cited over and over (and over). I would suggest that, while those are important (and I celebrate the growth too), they're not the only things that matter. When trying to assess the overall condition of a city, state or region, the many health and welfare stats are just as important to consider. Things like rates of abortion, teen pregnancy, obesity, infant mortality, automotive and workplace fatalities, divorce, violent and nonviolent crime, as well as overall education level a
  4. Via a story in the NY Times, Lawnstarter's ranking of "2021’s Best Cities for Living Without a Car". Nashville does better than I expected, coming in at 49th out of the 150 biggest cities. They factor in things like climate and crime along with walkability and commute times: https://www.lawnstarter.com/blog/studies/best-cities-for-living-without-a-car/
  5. "Austin Is Biggest Winner From Tech Migration, LinkedIn Data Show", but Nashville is #2 (measured by tech workers per 10,000 LinkedIn users): https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-06-01/austin-is-biggest-winner-from-tech-migration-linkedin-data-show
  6. Yep, that's the one. Thanks.
  7. I think you'd have divert the main flow away from the current channel. Dig a new riverbed through East Nashville (easy, right?) and keep the existing channel as a sort of oxbow lake, something nature does all the time, though not usually with bedrock-bound rivers like the Cumberland. Once you had an alternate main channel for the river and maybe a low levee to separate it from your oxbow, you could control the water flow into it. There was a plan from a few years back that did envision a new channel cutting across the east bank. Don't remember the details, just the audacity of it.
  8. If you look at old maps, "pike" as a name for our major spoke roads ran much closer to the center of town than it does now. Charlotte Pike, for example, around 1900 extended at least to 20th Ave and maybe as far as 18th. As the city annexed territory, the designation "pike" was pushed outward, usually losing ground to "avenue". An avenue seemingly was felt to be urban; a pike rural. This process seems to have stopped around the time of city-county consolidation, freezing the names as they were in the early 60s.
  9. That pond in the shots of the East Bank is probably a natural feature. It appears on maps dating back to the 1850s, and was know for years as Shelby's Pond, then Hardison's Lake. People paid to fish in it, right up to the time the Silliman Evans Bridge was built. It seems to have been filled in when Steiner-Liff bought the property in the early 60s. Debie Cox did the research and has a blog post about it: https://nashvillehistory.blogspot.com/2017/11/shelbys-pond.html
  10. I was thinking the same thing...that our occasional flooding and reluctance to spend on a flood wall is a rough parallel.
  11. Texas only gets a quarter of it's power overall through renewables (wind & solar) so it seems kind of odd to blame the issue on that. It seems to me that the primary reason that Texas exclusively experienced such severe issues is because, as Ron pointed out, it is the only state that has it's own power grid and doesn't share with surrounding states. Their current wind infrastructure can provide up to 20 to 25% (I've seen both figures) of their power needs, but ERCOT's plan for the winter was to rely on the wind turbines for just 7%. I am not an electrical engineer (or any kin
  12. What's the interesting-looking dark building (or dark buildings) to the west of the courthouse? I'm asking about the three-to-four story structures linked by a large sloped roof.
  13. That triangle has some history associated with it. It's the onetime site of the East Nashville or Edgefield Depot. (1908 map)
  14. I don't have feelings one way or the other about church closings and conversions, but I live close enough to this church that I used to be able to hear the services while doing yardwork on Sunday mornings. I'm glad that it won't be sitting empty much longer.
  15. (1) The former Family Dollar on Woodland, now conveniently cleared for redevelopment. (2) The back of Burger Up. (3) Downed trees on Newhall Dr. (4) Bulldozer fodder. Newhall Ct. (5) Was a two-story. Newhall Ct. (6) One of two downed transmission towers on Riverside Dr. (7) Damaged house on Brittany Dr.
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