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Nathan_in_DC last won the day on August 18 2015

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  1. Hello all! It's been much too long since I've posted or participated, strangely enough my time during COVID lockdown was somehow busier than before. The wife and I just moved back to Alexandria, VA after three years living in rural England. The three years went by much too quickly, and the year-plus in a COVID-stricken world made the last third a bit more lackluster than we otherwise would have liked (though we did get to know the local public footpaths better than we ever would have expected, but more on those later). Anyway, I just wanted to share some observations on life, infrastructure, t
  2. That'll be very interesting...I used to live down the street from that location and it's full of nondescript 80s 10-20 story offices and apartments. Nicely urbanized and very walkable, but architecturally very, uh, Soviet. This will either clash stupendously or stand out in a striking way.
  3. Has a federal disaster area *still* not been declared? Risking delving too much into politics, is this part of the Trump administration's declared vendetta against Democrat controlled cities, a decision that this doesn't meet the criteria, or just neglect? Didn't Gov. Lee, one of the President's political allies, submit the request?
  4. That's why I said less than east or west, but not non-existent. You're 100% correct though. Most structures in Tennessee weren't built with anything close to what would be adequate standards necessary when another major earthquake hits middle Tennessee. You bring up a great point about the Corps of Engineers projects...the system of CoE and TVA dams in the area are a disaster waiting to happen under the wrong confluence of events. Luckily, they seem to be in better States of repair than the rest of the major infrastructure in the US, at least... but maybe not. Much of what you said e
  5. I don't know the details exactly, but I do know it was built post-war, probably mid 1960s. It's a fairly standardized design for AT&T switch buildings for the switching gear. Even automated switches from that era took up huge amounts of space, with miles of copper cables, relays, and switches, along with workshops and offices for personnel to manage the systems. Most of these buildings were built to a semi-hardened status designed to withstand bb attacks with minimal damage to the interior (e.g., reinforced concrete floors, walls designed to deflect blasts and collapse outwards of they fai
  6. Damn... remains discovered. No word as to whether it's a victim or the perpetrator.
  7. Sounds like most of the area 911 services are down. How the heck is there such a huge single point of failure for the emergency infrastructure of the entire region?!
  8. Please don't presume to know my politics, left, right, or otherwise, based on one offhand remark. I was simply stating that there have been a ton of the Q-Anon types calling for violence, directly and indirectly, the last few weeks. It's not a boogeyman, it's a real societal movement that has thousands of adherents, and it's reasonable to be suspicious of it. That said, there are plenty of others on both the left and right that have actually enacted violence that have nothing to do with that particular conspiracy theory. Either way, we don't know who did it, it could have been anyon
  9. That's what I was wondering. Someone who doesn't realize that it's a semi-hardened structure tried to play terrorist and take out a telecom node, but didn't realize they'd need a much bigger boom to do anything. I'm just so thankful this didn't happen a few hours earlier or later...dozens could have been killed. Way too early to tell motivation or actor now, though. I will say though, with all the Q-Anon crazies praying for a civil war, I am dreading the coming weeks.
  10. I've been gone a few weeks and not able to keep up with what's happening...but I was under the impression that most of the dumb transpotainment got shut down. Is that no longer the case?
  11. I just can't stop thinking about how much of an impact a direct light rail link with downtown would have. Maybe new hotels wouldn't have a need to accommodate so much parking if people didn't have to feel like they either need to pay exorbitant taxi fares, deal with a (perceived-to-be) unreliable and infrequent bus, or rent a car!
  12. I really like the one near the Capitol!
  13. Belmont is on its way to having some of the most stunning architecture of any university in the South. Loving the Greek Revival trend they have going.
  14. Wouldn't call it an accolade, but Rolling Stone did a piece on Nashville's delayed COVID response and the people flaunting the rules. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-country/nashville-broadway-bars-party-pandemic-masks-1041693
  15. Has anyone else here taken a foray into classic car ownership? Since I'm living in the UK for a bit, I figured recently that I would take advantage of the relatively inexpensive classic car market and get a proper British car. I found a 1978 MG B GT for sale down in Bristol, after a test drive and a good once-over, it appeared mechanically sound and of acceptable cosmetics for the price. I picked it up to have as a weekend project and to have something more exciting to commute in than the 2011 VW Golf I had been driving the past two years. It's been interesting so far... It's rather straightfo
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