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billgregg

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  1. You're making a lot of assumptions about the nature of the website. Maybe wait and see what it is?
  2. I'm working on a website that will display, well, not all of them, but a lot of them. The amount of lost architecture in this city (and probably most other American cities) is staggering. It will be several more months before it goes live.
  3. I lived in Memphis for a few years, where every other business is Mid-South Something or Other (unless it's Bluff City Something or Other). I've always interpreted "Mid South" as an east-west thing. The Memphis area and the Mississippi Valley are the Mid South because they lie between the Western South (Texas and perhaps Oklahoma) and the Eastern Seaboard South. Wikipedia doesn't quite agree with that definition, centering the region on Memphis instead of the whole Mississippi Valley: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-South_(region). In any case it doesn't include North Carolina or Virginia or the Appalachian portions of Kentucky and Tennessee. The first terms I think of for the non-Deep South part of the South are "Upper South" or "Upland South", which you run into in cultural studies, linguistics, biology and geology. • Country musicians, for example, generally have an Upland Southern or Appalachian accent, which is a world away from Scarlett O'Hara's Lowland Southern or Deep South accent. • The flora and fauna of the Upland South are pretty different from the Lowland South. • Historically the Deep South was strongly influence by the plantation economy; the Upper South much less so. "Upland South" could be defined so that it follows state lines (AR, TN, KY, VA, NC), or it could be defined as everything above the Fall Line. Here's the Wikipedia entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upland_South. I think I've also seen "Mountain South" used to refer more or less the same region. The historical term "Border States" occurred to me, but doesn't really work since it would omit Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina.
  4. They had a two-alarm fire in that church a year ago today: https://www.newschannel5.com/news/firefighters-battle-2-alarm-fire-at-trinity-community-church The current church was built in 1904, but the congregation goes back to 1854 and the 1871 Foster map shows a "Trinity Church" at this location, so it's highly likely that this church (this congregation and its predecessor church building) is the reason Trinity Lane is "Trinity Lane".
  5. Close. The current public square is quite a bit bigger than it was in 1908 (the year the map was made). Whole blocks of buildings were removed on the south and east sides of the square. The street entering the square at the southwest corner in the map is Deaderick and now hits the square dead-center on the west side. So the transfer station was on the block now wholly occupied by the Premier Parking garage at the northwest corner of Deaderick and Third, across the street from UBS.
  6. Via the Nashville History page on FB (Debie Oeser Cox), mass transit in Nashville in 1902.
  7. Agreed. Lots of great European cities have density but not height.
  8. My only experience with HyVee was while living part-time in Bloomington, Ill. They opened a store there in 2015 a few blocks from the Fresh Market. It was a little more upscale than I expected – not Whole Foods by any means, but quite nice. Three years later the Fresh Market closed.
  9. "We've got East Nashville, creatives live, work and dine Get your CBD coffee with a side of some crime" It took us decades to acquire our reputation as a crime hotspot. It's good to know the hipsters haven't ruined it yet.
  10. This has occurred to me as well – not because I don't want to see them but because I wouldn't want to miss any. They form a natural group, and as things stand, they're scattered in different threads.
  11. One nice thing about the old embossed-metal plates was that the technology forced a degree of simplicity on the designer. Now states can clutter the plate with garish backgrounds and unnecessary mottoes and URLs.
  12. NY Times story on the downtown party wagons: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/19/us/nashville-party-vehicles.html
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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 and life expectancy. Using these metrics red states, with some exceptions (Utah comes to mind), don't look so good overall. You can adopt a low-tax, low-service model and probably succeed in luring some business activity and population from other states, but it comes at a human cost. There's also the question of whose taxes are low and whose are not. If you're in the lower 60% of of the population income-wise, your taxes will likely be lower in California than Texas. Those 60% are not flocking to Texas for low taxes. I don't have data at hand (and don't know if it exists) but I suspect other factors besides taxes play a role in causing people and businesses to move. Many people hate long, cold winters and southern states are probably still benefiting from the invention of air conditioning a century ago. I've often wondered whether comparing interstate migration with climate would achieve a better fit than with tax rates. Another factor driving people away from California especially, but also parts of the Northeast, are regulatory barriers to new construction – some statewide like environmental regs but also local zoning backed by incumbent middle-aged and older property owners with an attachment to communities full of detached, single-family homes. You can get a whole lot more house in Texas than California, but my guess is that's mostly due to density-killing local zoning.
  16. 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/
  17. "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
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. I was thinking the same thing...that our occasional flooding and reluctance to spend on a flood wall is a rough parallel.
  22. 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 kind of engineer), but losing some fraction of 7% of your generating capacity doesn't seem like it would take down a well-run system. Properly winterized wind turbines run all winter in places like Scandinavia and Siberia. If some of Texas's wind turbines failed, they need to study what other states and countries do to make theirs reliable. Then there are all those reports of frozen natural gas wells and pipelines that don't jibe with the wind-power-did-it theory. This same problem (severe winter weather leading to rolling blackouts) occurred in December 1989 and February 2011. The 2011 incident was bad enough that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission studied it and issued a report, which you can read online. In it they cite lack of winterization of the energy infrastructure as a primary cause and made recommendations along those lines. Apparently ERCOT and the Public Utility Commission were unwilling to mandate anything that might inconvenience the utilities or cause energy prices to go up, so the recommendations were passed on as guidelines and not much was done. Now blackouts have occurred again.
  23. 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.
  24. That triangle has some history associated with it. It's the onetime site of the East Nashville or Edgefield Depot. (1908 map)
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