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  1. So THAT'S why that park is always so crowded. It's just hipster bartenders and baristas wanting an easier commute!
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    Nashville International Airport

    It's off the BNA Twitter account. Great shot!
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    MSA North & East - Montgomery, Sumner, and Wilson Counties

    "I swanny too my time" is another variation. I almost lost it the other day when I heard someone say it at the pub down the road. I hear a lot of what I thought were unique Southernisms here in the UK.
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    Project Thread/New Construction/Photo du jour/Const. CAMs

    Huh, I've driven past that dozens of times and had no idea it was from the Centennial Exposition! Cool!
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    CBD/SoBro/RutledgeHill/Rolling Mill Hill Projects

    Except Nashville is 20 years behind in a LOT of ways, most glaringly in transit and infrastructure, ways that Charlotte has us beat solidly and that are glaringly obvious to an observant visitor who is used to better. Nothing said troll, if that was trolling then people need to thicken their skin a bit.
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    CBD/SoBro/RutledgeHill/Rolling Mill Hill Projects

    Holy crap, Cadi40 has made what appear to be thoughtful observations that aren't necessarily inaccurate and got jumped on. I'd not say he's being smug or a troll, but rather attempted to engage in polite conversation that was met with insults. Jeez, everyone just needs to calm down with the pissing contest.
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    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    Spent my first weekend in London after moving to the UK. I spent a couple days here last year but this is the first time I've really been able to dig in to the city and explore. I'm consistently impressed with the transit system, as the busses, Underground, and intercity rail is amazing (on the train back to the Midlands now, as a matter of fact). The museums, architecture, and culture are second to none, too, even compared to DC. The museums are kind of spread out across the city it seems, unlike our own capital, but this adds to the charm a bit. Drawbacks are the lack of any semblance of a grid system, no air conditioning on transit, and gaggle of tourists. This sounds bad, but little ruins an experience of quietly contemplating a sculpture, historic site, or painting more than a tour bus offloading 100 loud Chinese tourists and their yelling guide. The locals I spoke to really get annoyed by them, since groups that big completely dominate wherever they are and they rarely spend money in the local economy. One other big hit on London is any building built in the last 40 years it seems. So much of it is either brutally Orwellian or just obnoxious. A prime example being the Shard, which I snapped a picture of while waiting on the train at London Bridge Station. At least one of these monstrosities hasn't really made an appearance in Nashville yet!
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    West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    It won't cause that much of a problem. Accusations of increased light pollution is an old mainstay of NIMBYism. When my MA alma mater, Villanova, was working to get building permits to convert a large asphalt parking lot to a greenspace, dorm, and theatre, the locals decried the plans because of increased light pollution and construction runoff. I'm not sure how a couple of buildings, trees, and green space is worse for light pollution and runoff than a massive asphalt, constantly lit parking lot, though.
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    West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    Though it's not as spectacular as it is on a ship at sea, if you go out to the more rural areas of the Cumberland Plateau it is pretty amazing on a moonless night.
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    Nashville International Airport

    (dang it, go away quote box) My money is on a WOW or Norwegian flight to Reykjavik. That makes the most sense, what with the huge tourist demand. Maybe mainline Air Canada service to somewhere other than Toronto, even? A Vancouver flight would be clutch. When our BA 747 flight into Heathrow from Dulles landed last week, we pulled up next to one of those bad boys. They are impressive, that's for sure. Anything that makes a 747 look small is. But the 747 is leaps and bounds a better looking airplane than that squinty eyed whale with wings and a huge forehead.
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    This is a huge thing. Cities around the country are generally more concerned with ticketing speeding and issuing meter violations than ticketing or towing illegally parked delivery vehicles, cars blocking sidewalks, and unsafe driving. It often requires specific complaints against specific vehicles for anything to be done. I see it everywhere from Nashville to my apartment in Alexandria, VA. If I'm out for a stroll or casual bike ride and have the time, I've taken to calling the police non emergency line to request an officer come and ticket drivers, especially delivery trucks that have access to loading docks but don't use them. After two or three complaints for a specific business and a few tickets issued to drivers, they start getting the idea.
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    I just checked out Google Maps and it has the Division Street connector mapped and integrated into directions. Maybe try updating your app?
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    They are a public nuisance at this point. Does anyone know if the city has any "no bikes on sidewalks" regulations anywhere?
  14. That's the thing, do they not realize that they are faulting Amazon for effectively doing the same thing unions love to do? I mean, this could set a legal precedent that will bite them square in the rear if it goes through.
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    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    Dang, didn't realize this move was contingent on the incentive package.