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  1. Thanks for the recommendations, it still looks like not a single place in town caters specifically to EDM, kind of making my point. However, its good to see those that do incorporate it. BTW Titan, I have always heard the reasons why people don't like EDM and I'm used to it. Too much energy, too busy, too this, too that. I strongly disagree of course, just as I'm sure plenty of people would say the same thing about my comments on country. To each their own. I just wished there were more EDM lovers in Nashville, its not quite as mainstream as it is in other areas. And as
  2. Well, I haven't found any good electro/house venue in the tourist areas. Considering electro has went from underground to mainstream, its painfully missing in the Nashville music scene from what I've seen. And I've been in town several times in the past year. I will be in town soon again this coming month. This is just a personal preference, I'm not against country fans. Its fine to say Nashville is more than country, but let's also not deny Nashville's core is still country. It is big business in Nashville and its a core tourist attraction. Unfortunately I would rather have ear plugs in,
  3. Yes, this many times over. I know Nashville is known for a certain style of music and it is (somewhat) native to the region. But there are a ton of natives to middle Tennessee - like myself - that never liked the country genre and its whiney, moaning, twangy sound. Listening to a lot of country is like listening to nails on slate. Hell, I like the music scene in Memphis more than Nashville. The rock and blues and soul is so much more appealing to me than the twang. I'll listen to the tunes coming out of the bars on Beale well before I will pay attention to Lower Broadway in Nashville.
  4. I have been lurking, observing the construction updates thread and noticed this topic. I've been in Canada since the end of summer, will be coming back to the Nashville area for a few months in the next week or two. As some of you may know, I spent half a year in Memphis thanks to a job earlier this year and have gotten to know Nashville again in the past year. As a native of the region who saw Nashville while growing up in the area, then spending a better part of the years between 2007-2014 away and seeing it again today, I'll give you my thoughts just on the city. In the late 90's and e
  5. Love the system, downtown local transit lines are a good idea to invest in.
  6. I'm actually not anti-highway, but I've said before that it should be appropriate investments. For example, I'm not opposed to upgrading I-24 to 8 lanes/4 bi-directional all the way to Clarksville. Clarksville is growing fast thanks to its military presence, and it'll likely be a metropolitan area of 400,000 people by 2040 which is centered only 40 miles from downtown Nashville. Forward thinking has to realize this is going to be a problem and I-24 in its present form can't handle that. It takes years to plan and fund and build an upgrade that significant, and planning has to begin today.
  7. I'm unsure why these transportation initiatives are often put up to a vote. Did anyone ever have a vote on whether TN-840 would be constructed? Did we ever vote if we wanted to repave West End Avenue? Cincinnati voted to fund and build the Streetcar they've got planned, Charlotte likewise voted for and funded the Lynx system. It seems transit initiatives always face extra scrutiny for some reason, while a mega-highway project wouldn't require a vote, these projects do. Was there a vote to expand I-65 north into Hendersonville to 5-7 lanes bi-directional? No. Did anyone vote on whet
  8. I agree that its sad the AMP BRT project can't go forward and be shovel in the ground, ready to construct this next year. I am still for it, but given light of Karl Dean's announcement I don't see how the project has a future. BRT honestly isn't flexible if its done as professional grade. What makes high class BRT service as good as LRT is the fact that it has high concrete platforms where people stand safely away from traffic, and the electronic traffic systems that give light priority status, provide timing and updates, etc. That can't be moved from one location to another. I'm truly
  9. When it comes to mode, here is my preference for different modes of 'rapid transit': *BRT or Streetcars for local transit/small distances in the core. *Articulated LRT or subway/elevated heavy rail for longer distances (however, LRT in this fashion has to be done correctly, it can't have any in-street portions, and it needs to be entirely and completely in its own right of way with no intersections) *Commuter trains either with electrified trains (like Philadelphia) or diesel units (like METRA or Nashville's own STAR service) for very long distances (25, 35, or even 50+ miles) Where
  10. Streetcars are dirt cheap for rail transit though: they don't require huge platforms to board (look at the video earlier for reference). Just a bus-like shelter and notification that its a stop. They are often uni-directional, which saves money. And a uni-directional system allows for higher frequency utilizing fewer vehicles (that's better service/frequency for lower cost than other LRT systems). Since its a circulation system, the frequency is determined by the amount of LRV's they order and install. If they ordered 6 LRV's for the 6.5 mile system, a train would come by every few minutes. Le
  11. I'm technology agnostic. I'm thinking about cost per mile vs frequency. The truth is, Streetcars *are* light rail. They're just usually smaller vehicles, lower to the ground, and many systems operate in a unidirectional pattern as opposed to bi-directional. Streetcars are local service, they aren't intended nor are they expected to be an entire city or regional wide transit system. "Light Rail Transit" systems can also be city-wide transit systems with larger, articulated trains that are higher and require platforms to board. You also have systems that have both, in Pittsburgh the T sy
  12. ^I don't have the answers, but research can further understand what happened. Divide and conquer is a technique used by many groups. Anti-transit interests clearly were able to get pro-transit people divided. You had people who support transit - but only in the form of rail - who couldn't agree with people like me that are more agnostic toward technology. I clearly outlined how much high frequency you could get for low cost with BRT earlier in this thread, but the fact is many people out there don't care. They want rail. Divide and conquer is also useful for what you described: get peo
  13. BTW, a Streetcar system - not a bi-directional in street LRT system - appears to be dirt cheap for steel wheels. All these projects I'm researching are impressive. Cities not that far away from Nashville are building Streetcars as we speak. Atlanta's is about to open, Cincinnati's is under construction. http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/streetcar/design-route/ http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/streetcar/streetcar-funding/ Cincinnati appears to be embarking on a 3.6 mile route at a cost of $148 million in the budget already passed. EDIT: my revised concept also bypasses the Beaman lot on
  14. I'm not being enthusiastic as much as I'm open minded about transit options as long as its done right. Observing all these battles you have to learn from the lessons they teach. 1) Some West End business elite and country club types are going to strongly oppose transit on their turf 2) You now have to expect big-money, anti-government out of state activists will try to influence local transit projects as we saw the state legislature's handling of AMP 3) The media and politicians in general across Middle Tennessee (not all, but most) really don't understand transit issues enough to proper
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