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  1. Overall, I like it. It doesn't blow you away, but it's a really nice fit for Midtown. I think there is a definite skyline cluster developing on West End from Broadwest to Skyhouse to Palmer Plaza to Element, Aertson, Adelicia, and M (or whatever that is called now) and the Vanderbilt campus. I don't think it will ever have anything resembling a downtown feel, but I think it will have a distinct look to the skyline eventually (though there aren't a lot of great vantage points on the surface to show it). **Caveat -- I don't want to derail this thread too much, so if this becomes a back-and-forth, we may want to start a conversation in another thread** Does it really show anything, though? You are right that all of those corridors have shown strong growth. I think that can be attributed to strong growth of the city overall. The main problem I have with your statement is that you say it shows a fallacy that transit drives development. How so? In order for us to prove that, shouldn't we be able to compare corridors that have transit vs those that don't? If, say, the AMP was under construction, yet we saw the same type of spread out construction we are seeing today, you might have a point (though one possible counter would be that a development in EN was actually *named* Amp in anticipation of it's construction -- though I'm willing to say that's an outlier/opportunist). We have some BRT lines without dedicated lanes, and a single commuter rail line with single track that extends to our 5th largest metropolitan county. Hardly evidence for whether transit spurs development. I think it would be more fair to compare how transit lines spur development in a similar size/type of development city. I think our best comparison is Charlotte, in that case. I think what you could definitively say -- right now -- is that lack of transit has not led to a slowing of major urban projects in multiple corridors in this city. And I don't think it will slow anything in the near future. Because people from big cities are used to dealing with crappy surface street traffic and taking 10 minutes to go a few miles. Right now, it's the suburbs that will continue to suffer as their half hour commutes turned into an hour, and will soon be pushing an hour and a half. I'm not so much making a statement for pro transit as I am stating that I don't think that you can make a definitive statement on how transit affects development *in Nashville* without there being a real test case.
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    West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    I mean, whether or not you support it....any sort of new mass transit in this city. Dude has kind of been the face of the opposition.
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    Nashville International Airport

    I have to say that when I returned to Nashville Tuesday night (around 9pm), the baggage claim was a tirefire inside a dumpster on a trainwreck. A bunch of flights landed at once, and they kept changing which carousel each arriving flight was supposed to use. I think mine got changed 3 times. I noticed several others did, too. There was a mass of humanity and confusion, and it was hard to get close to the carousels because there were 500+ people running around trying to figure out where their luggage was coming out. And because of the confusion, the belts filled up and slowed down bag distribution. It was a logistical nightmare and a total clownshow. Embarrassing. If we're going to try to handle 15-20 million passengers, the airport better get their Schiano together and create a better system. I don't know if that day was an outlier, but I'm leaning towards no.
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    Project Thread/New Construction/Photo du jour/Const. CAMs

    From my recent visit to a certain West Coast town.
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    Project Thread/New Construction/Photo du jour/Const. CAMs

    I think it's interesting the different perspectives people have when they look at aerials of the city. I'm excited by what I see. My mind fills in the under construction and proposed pieces, as well as what could be much farther over the horizon. I think about what it looked like when I was riding the magnet buses downtown before 2000, and what has happened in the last 18 years. I think how amazing it will look in another 18-20 years, when Nashville could be about the size of Denver now.
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    CBD/SoBro/RutledgeHill/Rolling Mill Hill Projects

    Imagine this on Jefferson between 4th and 5th.
  7. For a city with a little bit of a budget pinch right now, how much of a priority should this bridge be? I just feel like there are more worthy uses for that kind of coin in this city at this time.
  8. If we're using Monopoly money, I think the bridge is a really cool idea and would be a very nice piece for the neighborhood. But in terms of practicality and cost-benefit, I don't really see it as worth it. Sure, psychologically, it could make one feel a little more connected to downtown, because it would create a straighter shot from the middle of the Gulch to the MCC and Bridgestone Arena...but if you do the math, the amount of steps it would save you is minimal. Enough so that if you are walking that distance already, it's not going to make a difference between your decision to go or not, or walk rather than drive/ride.
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    Project Thread/New Construction/Photo du jour/Const. CAMs

    That's the thing, though. L&C was an appropriate tall boy for its time. You wouldn't want to build another L&C or Snodgrass (American General) or UBS (First American)...there are very few towers in this city that I look at and think "yeah, I wish we had another one." Maybe 5th/3rd (Third National). Likewise, there are very few towers I would outright replace -- the reason being that I like the variety in our skyline, and the sort of evolution that you can see as you look at it. Nissan stadium came at an interesting time, when stadiums were getting expensive, but weren't really lavish. To think that we spent less than $300 million (in mid 90s dollars) on an NFL stadium when new stadiums are being built for $1.5-2 billion....well....there's no comparison. So to an extent, you are right. They wouldn't build a new stadium that was a copy of Nissan. The team would never stand for that. The market is going to demand something nicer and more modern, and suitable for the current NFL. Which is why you won't see another L&C built. Aside from style, it just would not be suitable for Class A office space in 2018.
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    Project Thread/New Construction/Photo du jour/Const. CAMs

    I'm not going to tell you that something is wrong with you if you don't like it. Everyone has their own tastes and opinions. I'm fine with that. Speaking for me, personally, the primary attraction I have to the building is related to its history. I won't compare it to a girlfriend, but I can understand the analogy. There is a sentimental attachment for sure. It is an important tower in our city's history. As for how attractive it is...I can see your point. I don't really agree, because I think it provides an excellent contrast to the more modern buildings in our skyline. It's really a unique building, given it's tall, very slender shape. I'm also a fan of the building materials. Perhaps this is a bad comparison -- worse than the first girlfriend -- but a restaurant specialty, such as a blackberry cobbler. It may not be the best item on the menu, but it's that one thing you have to have before you leave. It just makes things....right.
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    Nashville, as MLB Expansion Market

    First off, I don't doubt that MLB has done some homework on the viability of expansion or relocation in markets they do not currently inhabit. The fact that Nashville has been mentioned a lot lately is not really surprising. We've been mentioned for -- and landed -- a number of things that would have been dismissed as a pipedream 10-20 years ago. And I am sure that MLB has been watching how this city galvanized support behind the Predators during their Cup run, and how everyone seemed to come together for the MLS bid, and how in the world a city this size would bring a 5 digit crowd to a jersey reveal on a weeknight with subpar weather. So it makes perfect sense that we would be on their radar. Even if we are smaller than some of the other mentions, I think you can make the argument that we're a better sports town, overall. I think the bottom line for MLB isn't how many butts are in the seats. Look around the league. Half-empty stadiums are commonplace. I'm not sure if this is still the case, but due to the TV deal, certain teams used to turn a profit before opening day. What MLB wants is a city/owner that will pay an expansion fee and build a stadium. That's more or less the bottom line. If the choice is between Nashville and <insert city here> and Nashville has an deep-pocketed owner lined up, and the city is prepared to fund a stadium, and the other city doesn't have their ducks in a row....well...guess who will get awarded a team (see: MLS last year). All that said -- should we get a team. That is my question. And right now, I'm heavily leaning towards no. The timing is not right. We are the IT city, yes, but I think we have a lot on our plate right now. And a lot more in our near future. The main reasons why I think it would be a bad idea: 1) Stadium funding/major capital project debt for Metro -An MLB stadium will cost somewhere between $700 million to $1 billion+. Another Music City Center, if you will. While we're still paying for the (what would be) defunct First Tennessee Park. While we're still paying for the actual Music City Center. While we're finishing up paying for Nissan Stadium and looking at the prospects of building a new facility (which would be more than an MLB stadium, btw). Oh, and we're about to drop a quarter of a billion on an MLS Stadium? Add that to it. So unless we get a super rich benevolent owner that is willing to finance the majority of the stadium cost.....well.... 2) Overextension of sports/entertainment dollars in the Nashville area -Both in terms of regular citizens and corporate sponsorships. We have a lot going on. 8 home NFL games and 41 home NHL games, not to mention whatever soccer will bring us, plus various college sports. Add in arts, theatre, concerts, whatever else....how much can we afford as a community? It's not as if there is a dearth of entertainment here. And I'm all for competition, but that can come at a cost when it is too much. 3) Timing -Related to the above. If....IF we wanted a MLB team, I think we should have held out instead of A) building a new stadium for the Sounds and B) pursuing the MLS. The combined cost of those decisions is probably half of what it would cost to fund a Major League park. And I'm not saying those decisions were wrong (well, OK, I will admit that I think that First Tennessee Park was rushed, has a subpar design and building materials, and isn't worth what we paid for it), but we did choose a path. When you take every opportunity that comes in front of you, you're probably going to miss on a few big ones just because of timing. We may very well get an MLB team here...but I think it would be best if it is 10-15 years down the road.