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  1. Yep, that's the one. Thanks.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. I was thinking the same thing...that our occasional flooding and reluctance to spend on a flood wall is a rough parallel.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. That triangle has some history associated with it. It's the onetime site of the East Nashville or Edgefield Depot. (1908 map)
  9. 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.
  10. (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.
  11. From the West End Methodist website: "A decade after the first church building was placed in service the congregation built its second church building, a towering brick edifice that would stand forty years at Sixteenth and Broad." The towering brick edifice had a 40-year run...that's it.
  12. According to the State Library and Archives, this picture was taken at 16th and West End, so these buildings have been replaced by Downtown Hyundai (formerly Jim Reed Chevrolet) and Broadwest (formerly Lake Palmer). The church is the brand-new sanctuary of West End Methodist, not dedicated until the following year. I don't know anything about the residences in the foreground.
  13. ^^^ That's a great East Nashville list. To it I would add redevelopment of the three unused corners of 10th and Shelby. It's a moderately prominent intersection, and they've been sitting in their current bare-dirt or vacant state for over 10 years. And it would be great if something would happen with the abandoned Naval Reserve Training Center in Shelby Park. It's gradually turning into an eyesore.
  14. Memory aid: It means "pretty wood". "Bosco-" means "wood" or "forest" and is related to English "bush"; "-bel" is "pretty" as in the name "Belle". Ultimately from Italian "bosco bello".
  15. I think it's a term frozen in time...without googling it I'd say about the 1830s. My armchair etymology: At one time (the colonial period and for some time after independence) everything west of the Appalachians was "the West". That's why the land now known as the East North Central states was called the Northwest Territory. Eventually people felt the need to distinguish between the Plains and the Great Lakes region on one hand and the areas far to the west, so we ended up with the West and the Midwest. -------------------------------------------------- [edit] Finally decided to look it
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