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  1. UTgrad09

    Triumph Hospitality Hotel, 2221 Elliston Place

    I mean, I know that you have to grab what is available....but there are literally hundreds of lots in Midtown that are better candidates for redevelopment. I like old buildings, but I'm not always one for historic nostalgia. But unlike, say, 1920s era bungalows/craftsman houses, there really aren't a whole lot of multi-story residential buildings like this in the city. And Elliston isn't West End Ave. These are very much appropriate to the scale of that area....it's not like West End where you can justify dropping a 15-20 story building.
  2. It's going to be interesting to see the looks on the faces of guests when they realize they paid $400/night on a Titans weekend to stay at a mid level hotel in an area with no nightlife that is next to the jail.
  3. So was I. Parked on Gay St past the bridges. You're just a quitter.
  4. UTgrad09

    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    Stop the political nonsense or get out.
  5. UTgrad09

    CBD/SoBro/RutledgeHill/Rolling Mill Hill Projects

    Well I'm sure it wasn't Boner, because not much got erected outside of the bedroom during his term.
  6. I actually find your perspective very interesting. It's not what I was expecting when reading the thread title. I thought this would be more about suburban growth than urban growth. I'll address this question in two parts. 1) While Nashville does have hilly topography in the urban core, I don't think any of it is extreme enough to really inhibit development. No, it's not really *ideal*, but there are plenty of larger cities where the topography isn't ideal, yet they are densely developed. There is absolutely tons of room for highrise and skyscraper development. The only thing potentially inhibiting it isn't topography, it's zoning. Same with housing (assuming that's also kind of highrise related). When it comes to mass transit, however, I think the biggest obstacle isn't topography itself, but it's the grid and infrastructure in place. While Nashville has several gridded sections of the city, there is a lot of irregularity when it comes to the layout/orientation. On top of this, a lot of the corridors are not especially wide (compared with a lot of cities I have visited). West End Ave and Lafayette are really the only continuously wide thoroughfares. A few blocks of Main St and a bit of Rosa Parks/8th are fairly wide, but most of Nashville's corridors are fairly constricted. The Cumberland River is mainly an issue because of how it meanders and bends. Outside of the downtown area, a lot of the edges of the bends are underdeveloped and difficult to access. There is a lot of lost potential around the river due to flood plains, poor access, and heavy industrial areas. So in terms of the core of the city -- I don't think topography is as big of a factor as other things, like infrastructure. Most highrises will continue to be in the CBD, SoBro, Gulch, and Midtown. East Nashville, 8th and 12th South/Edgehill, Vandy, Belmont, Charlotte Pk, and Germantown will continue to see a number of low/midrise projects. 2) Outside of the core, there is some topography that most definitely influences -- and hinders -- development. Most immediately are the rugged ridges to the immediate north and west of the city -- around the Briley Pkwy area. These are rugged and irregularly shaped (unlike foothills, for instance) and not friendly to any type of large scale urban (or even suburban) development....though it wouldn't surprise me if over time a few smaller, pricey developments emerge due to the privacy and proximity to town. What is north and west is actually part of the Highland Rim, which completely encircles Nashville (though Nashville is located in the NW corner of this feature). There are a number of hills on the south side (especially Oak Hill/Forest Hills/Radnor Lake, and Brentwood/Franklin. The ridge starts just north of Hendersonville and Gallatin. But also looking at a topographical map, it should be obvious why areas like Rutherford County have gained so much in comparison to other peer counties. It's pretty flat through quite a bit of that county. 4 million in Nashville by 2040 seems way too ambitious. Nashville is right about 2 million. I think 3 million by 2040 is a more realistic -- unless we start growing like Austin.
  7. UTgrad09

    West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    Add 4 triangles.
  8. UTgrad09

    Project Thread/New Construction/Photo du jour/Const. CAMs

    That looks like the view from the new offices on Kline Ave near Melrose Ave (near Nolensville Rd and 440).
  9. UTgrad09

    CBD/SoBro/RutledgeHill/Rolling Mill Hill Projects

    You can't really compare the trajectory of growth of current Atlanta and current Nashville. The larger a city is, the more growth it can handle. I think it makes more sense to look at Nashville's trajectory vs. Atlanta's 40 years ago....because that's about the amount of time it would take for us to get to that point. Here's some quick numbers. I have not accounted for the addition of land area. Might do that later. Atlanta 1950 - 997,666 1960 - 1,312.474 1970 - 1,763,626 1980 - 2,233,324 Nashville 1990 - 985,026 2000 - 1,311,789 2010 - 1,589,934 (does not include Maury Co) 2020* - 2,000,000+ Again, this doesn't include county additions (both Nashville and Atlanta have had a lot). I might try later to break it down where the county totals are included from the beginning so you can see the actual region growth. Atlanta has definitely grown faster throughout its time, but what we're starting to see here is the type of ramp up in growth that Atlanta saw in the past.
  10. UTgrad09

    CBD/SoBro/RutledgeHill/Rolling Mill Hill Projects

    What Atlanta? 2018 Atlanta? Christ no. 1990s Atlanta? Mayyybe, with some caveats. First of all, that article is terribly written. It's not that there aren't a few solid points in there -- but it comes up way short in analysis. It's like if Someone in Green Hills says "we're becoming the next Atlanta!" and you say "how is that?" and they say "big buildings and traffic!" and link you to an article about population growth. The biggest reason we are becoming the "next Atlanta" is that we are in the same region, and share a lot of the same culture, geographic and development qualities that they do...as well as a lot of the same attitudes. There is urban/suburban sprawl everywhere, but it takes a slightly different shape depending on the region. It should be no shock that Nashville would follow an Atlanta-like trajectory rather than say, Denver, Phoenix, Seattle, Miami, Houston, etc. Even relative peer cities Indianapolis and Columbus aren't exactly good easy comparisons. You want to avoid becoming like Atlanta? Plan for growth, don't react to it.
  11. I don't mind the setback, as long as it turns out like the rendering. It's always nice to add a little greenspace (and a plaza) downtown. And I doubt this will be overrun with homeless people.
  12. UTgrad09

    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    You're right, the scooters aren't the problem. The riders are.
  13. UTgrad09

    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    Those scooters need to be dumped in Lake Palmer.
  14. UTgrad09

    Victoria, B.C. visit

    I've been to Victoria once. Very pleasant city to visit. I agree that it punches above its weight. It's not so much that it feels bigger than it is (it still kind of felt small to me)...but it seems to be very - important - for its size. Has a bit of a British feel (for obvious reasons). Did you have high tea at the Empress? That was a fun experience.