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  1. If it rates a Wikipedia article, surely it's worth a historic marker once Broadwest is built. "Onetime site of Lake Palmer, the largest body of fresh water between Lake Watauga and the Cumberland River. For many years Lake Palmer's life-giving waters provided succor to both wildlife and weary travelers on the West End Trail."
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    Current terminology does us no favors. What often passes for "socialism" is just capitalism with more regulation and/or redistribution. There aren't many countries left where the workers (i.e., the state) actually own the means of production, and no serious politician is advocating such a system for the US.
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    Repurposed/revitalized historical buildings in Nashville

    Joe's Diner. I'll never forget the photo of Al Gore looking at the damage to the diner in 1998. I have no idea who the original occupant was, but in the early 90s there was a dry cleaner (possibly McPherson?) in that block, I believe in that building.
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    East Nashville/Inglewood/Madison/Donelson/Hermitage/Old Hickory

    That raises a question: Who's the ultimate authority on street names, i.e., whether the streets are really Murfeesboro Road/Murfreesboro Pike or Franklin Road/Franklin Pike? I just checked the Nashville Planning Department's property map and they are "pike" there too. If the names are actually "pike", I wonder why TDoT went with "road". Also, anyone know whether a map of the pike system around Nashville at its height exists? It would be fascinating to know where all the old tollbooths were. There's a sign marking the one that used to stand at the southern edge of Hillsboro Village, and somewhere I've read about the one that used to guard the city end of Charlotte Pike (still standing well into the 20th century, if memory serves), but those are the only ones I know about.
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    East Nashville/Inglewood/Madison/Donelson/Hermitage/Old Hickory

    Google Maps has them both as pikes. My sense of it without doing research is that all the major spokes were originally (19th century) known as pikes, but that's an unusual designation for a road in this country – or anywhere – and over time use of "pike" has eroded somewhat in favor of the more common designation "road". Sadly I expect that trend to continue with so many newcomers to Nashville. Save the pikes!
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    East Nashville/Inglewood/Madison/Donelson/Hermitage/Old Hickory

    It's my mug. I guess the avatar's not as funny if you don't know what I look like.
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    East Nashville/Inglewood/Madison/Donelson/Hermitage/Old Hickory

    These name switches seem arbitrary now that Nashville has swallowed up the county, but they mark the old city-country divide. It's Gallatin Ave. up to Cahal because, I assume, Cahal Ave. marked the premetro city limit. Avenues and streets are names for city thoroughfares; pikes are country thoroughfares. All the major spokes radiating outward from Nashville have corresponding city-country names that change at or very near the old city limits: • Hermitage Avenue/Lebanon Pike • Lafayette Street/Murfreesboro Pike • 8th Avenue/Franklin Pike • 4th Avenue/Nolensville Pike • 21st Avenue/Hillsboro Pike • Charlotte Avenue/Charlotte Pike • West End Avenue/Harding Pike • 12th Avenue/Granny White Pike • 1st Street/Dickerson Pike
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    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    Some pretty undesirable social phenomena tend to accompany high levels of income and wealth inequality: • Lower social mobility...in other words, a more rigid class system. • Depressed economic growth. • Lower levels of well-being (health and education) among people at the lower income levels. • Higher levels of crime. • Lower levels of public investment...possibly due to the wealthy sequestering themselves physically and financially from the rest of society. Latin America is the poster boy for this kind of society and its ills.
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    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    The USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer lets you overlay various historical topo maps on top of a modern web map. If you choose to display both the 1952 map and the 1968 map, but make the 1968 map partly transparent, you can see that at some point in that 16-year period the orphanage moved from the area where the Lion's Head Condominiums are now to a piece of land closer to White Bridge. (See the screenshot.) The older building faced southeast toward Harding Pike while the newer one faces White Bridge, so I'd say that that's the older building on the Lion's Head property in the photo. http://historicalmaps.arcgis.com/usgs/
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    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    The 1983 topo has WB in its old location, and the 1997 map shows it as having been moved. By 1989, when I moved to Nashville, I'm pretty sure it had been rerouted, so I'd say between 1983 and 1989.
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    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    On old topo maps the barracks are labeled Thayer Veterans Hospital, and the house is labeled St. Mary's Orphanage. The land the orphanage was on appears to be an apartment complex now. Note also that that's the old White Bridge. In the photo it more or less lines up with Kenner Ave., whereas now it aligns with Woodmont. They rounded off the bend beside the veterans hospital too.
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    None that matter really much (i.e., backed up with data). I haven't seen much hard info on why people and companies actually do relocate, just a lot that indicates that taxes aren't a big deal in most cases. Probably every chamber of commerce of any size has some data on this, and a quick Google search turns up some listicles on the topic. There's a mix of things that people find appealing about a city, and even though they're looking at lists of metrics, I suspect in the end that that mix may not be very different for corporate executives. I'd be interested in what factors others think suddenly made Nashville an "it" city and kicked off the current round of growth.
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    A low-tax regime hasn't done a lot for many states. A number of Southern states have had relatively low taxes for a century or more, yet still lag the nation in economic growth. And you don't have to look any farther than Kansas to find a recent example of very low taxes not producing the promised results. Other factors like climate, scenic beauty, infrastructure, human capital and cultural cachet must be having a bigger impact. You absolutely could raise taxes enough to deter businesses and people from moving to a city or state, but the current amount of variation doesn't seem to be a big factor.