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  1. How the heck are you supposed to actually secure a bike to those? Seems like you could just lift the lock over the top...
  2. Probably taken from a helicopter or small GA aircraft flying to the east of the airport with a powerful zoom lens.
  3. Couple of thoughts/questions here... 1: The OCT 2023 opening date for the Satellite Concourse seems EXTREMELY optimistic. I would be shocked if it took less than 2 years from groundbreaking to opening, especially assuming that we keep and increase pre-pandemic traffic levels...it's much easier to work around passenger traffic when it was 1/5th of what it normally is. And, this will involve lots of construction around active aprons, making coordinating it with traffic much more difficult, unlike the extension/renovation of D, where they were able to do a lot of work off to the side. 2: The JUN 2022 completion date for the ramp fill seems a bit pessimistic...I'd hope it'd be done before then. 3: They note that the baggage handling short fall could begin as early as this year. What are they doing about it? I get that they're doing a lot on the back end for processing and security, but what about the baggage claim? It's overcrowded as-is. Please tell me I'm just out of the loop and this is about to be rectified with the ongoing terminal construction and just isn't mentioned here. 4: How the #^&$ are they going to fit 5 more gates into Concourse D?
  4. Indeed, and as long as people have no realistic options other than driving, they'll continue to go up! There's just no incentive to drop them, and all the incentive in the world to raise them. At least we're not at the stage that Heathrow is...there's a toll charged just for picking up passengers to discourage driving personal vehicles to the airport!
  5. Picked up the wife from the airport the Wednesday before Christmas and boy, what a nightmare. I ended up picking her up from the passenger drop-off because the arrivals lane was backed up past the cell phone lot (which was in turn backed out onto the ramp leading from the interstate). Admittedly this was at 6:30 on one of the busiest travel days of the year, but this is completely unsustainable as Nashville adds more flights. It will theoretically get a little better once terminal construction is complete, but it just really sucks that the only realistic options are car pick up, taxi, or rideshare, or a bus ride to a kind of shady garage downtown. Here in DC, DCA gets nuts sometimes because of the challenges associated with the rather haphazard expansion (and geographic constraints) of the terminal, but on those days I just get whoever it is I'm picking up to hop the metro one stop to Braddock Road or Crystal City and pick the up there...or they just take it to their destination. I don't ever expect Nashville to have anything approaching the DC Metro (which even on its worst, most mismanaged days is better than nothing), but having some sort of BRT or rail to the airport just has to happen sometime soon.
  6. I was kind of thinking the same thing. A $200,000 investment in a house that is getting $1,800 a month in rent still requires nearly 10 years of rental income just to balance out the initial investment, though you might be able to bring that down to 8 or so years by increasing rents by a few percentage points every year. But, that's not even counting the few-thousand-dollars-a-year in maintenance, property tax payments, refurbishments every 2-3 years when a tenant leaves, and remodels every 5-10 years. And even considering that, $200,000 is the lower end of some of the purchases. This all just screams of an inflated market and a scheme where the top investors that got in early will get out when the company valuation peaks.
  7. New Washington Post article on the proliferation of house-buying by venture capital firms that turn around and rent them out. The articles uses the activities of Progress Residential in buying suburban homes by the dozen in La Vergne, outbidding local buyers and driving up rents and home prices in the process, as a case study for the phenomenon.
  8. I mentioned this in the BNA thread, but I'm throwing it out here, too: Non-stop connection between Paris and Nashville on Airfrance within 10 years, maybe 5 if the daily LHR-BNA flight is consistently filled.
  9. Did you see somewhere that the 7x daily on a 787-10 is just for the summer travel months? Very good points. I didn't think about the business connections between France and Nashville, those could definitely be big drivers as those companies expand their footprint in Middle Tennessee. Upper management will be flying in corporate or charter, but there will be plenty of people who would want a direct connection but not be able to swing a private jet flight I'm sure. Not to mention the tourism aspect.
  10. Huge news! I honestly expected the 7 days a week schedule to get pushed back by a year or more after the impacts of COVID plus the slow delivery of 787s. That shows a huge amount of confidence in the route if they're willing to dedicate a limited number of 787-10s required for daily round-trip flight. It makes me wonder what the traffic numbers were for passengers travelling on to Nashville by connecting through New York, Philadelphia, or DC. It had to be substantial! This news really does make me wonder when other transatlantic carriers will take note and offer a direct flight to BNA, even if it's only 3-4x weekly. I think the most likely is a CDG-BNA Airfrance flight or an AMS-BNA KLM flight. Nashville would fit well in both of their networks, and both heavily brand themselves alongside Delta already. I think it's less likely, but if United decided to expand operations, I don't think we could rule out a FRA-BNA Lufthansa flight.
  11. This will be a really cool win for that spot. Honestly, I'd prefer an open green space or a stone-paved plaza square to be able to appreciate the beautiful architecture of Sts Peter and Paul Cathedral, and it will kind of suck to lose the old brick office building there, but it'll also be nice to get rid of the big surface lot that is there, too. It's also interesting what they did with the graduated steps, as it looks like it'll avoid overwhelming the view of the cathedral from ground level at the park in front and keep it in sunlight a bit longer in the winter months.
  12. Would LOVE to see this happen! I wonder if it'd help alleviate any of the currently-insane real estate market, since it'd open up the ability to easily commute to the area from points north. The way VRE is currently set up it's exceedingly inconvenient to try to travel south in the morning or north in the evening. It'd also make BWI a much more reasonable option for flying without having to take a taxi, park at the airport, or get all the way to Union Station to catch a train.
  13. Possibly, but I don't think we'll see an honest-to-goodness hub for any legacy carrier any time soon. Frankly, the gate space just isn't there. Almost all airports that are main-line hubs have 100+ gates. The only exception I'm aware of in the continental US is Salt Lake City, which has 46 (compared to BNA's 42), and most of its capacity is taken up by Delta's operations. Even it is undergoing a major expansion to get it to closer to 100 gates, though. Concourse D's reopening and remodeling added a few, but we're far away from where BNA would need to be for a United hub. If they ever get around to extending A/B and adding the remote concourse in the apron, then maybe, *maybe* you'd see a new hub, but that's many years off. The closest I think we'll see within the next 5 years would maybe be the addition of some United Express or Delta Connection flights to bigger non-hub cities, sort of like the American Eagle flight to Austin.
  14. Seems like there are a few people in the DC Metro Area who are active here. Raise your hand if you'd like to organize a mini-meetup sometime!
  15. Yikes... I don't intend to make this too terribly political, but I do wonder how much the impact of the new variant will be since the legislature hobbled the ability of the health departments to respond to this in any meaningful way proactively. I'm afraid that we're at a point where vaccination rates aren't going to get much better than they are without some massive incentives (e.g., you don't get to participate in any public events unless you're vaccinated). 40% of the population has just bought whole-hog into the narrative pushed by some high-profile folks that the vaccine is dangerous and the disease isn't. ANYTHING that goes against that narrative is just shouting into the wind at this point when you're talking to them.
  16. One of the many nefarious acts of auto makers in the 20th century was the wholesale creation of the idea of jaywalking in order to make roads primarily for car usage, thereby enabling the sale of more cars. https://www.vox.com/2015/1/15/7551873/jaywalking-history
  17. In London, in some of the busier pedestrian neighborhoods, they have started doing some traffic integration measures instead of just traffic calming. I believe it's in Kensington where they have completely removed curbs and only placed minimal street markings on a few roads...and vehicle/pedestrian incidents have gone down drastically. Drivers are forced to pay attention to what's around them, because there are pedestrians and cyclists sharing the street. And likewise, pedestrians are forced to pay attention to what's happening around them as well. People tend to walk where sidewalks once were, and cars stick to the marked driving area, but the separation isn't a hard curb (kerb, I guess in this situation), rather it's planters, bike racks, street lights, and other interspersed physical barriers.
  18. Those are all good points, and I am not really sure where I place the blame, though I think there's enough to spread around! I *do* think that the way we have designed our road system has not helped, though. For so long in the minds of many, safer roads meant roads with the removal of any obstacle to higher speeds, but without the requisite restrictions and training that create good driving habits. We're seeing a reverse on that now, with road diets and traffic calming measures being put into place, but the average driver was raised on the idea that the car is in charge and anything else is a guest on the pavement, an idea that was encouraged by the development of the US road network over the last 80 years. When I was living in England, I was struck by how the fatalities-per-miles-driven was so much lower than it is in the US. I forget the exact numbers offhand, but it is rather startling, especially when you realize that speed limits are higher, populations are denser, and roads are "worse." The road I would commute to work on was mostly a 60mph speed limit, but was narrow, very curvy, and with lots of blind corners... no one would go the speed limit except through the occasional straightaway, because it was madness to do so. When you went into a village, there were almost always narrowed lanes, severely restricted speed limits (20-30 in most cases) sometimes with chicanes or speed bumps, and speed displays that would tell you how fast you were going. Not to mention cars are overall smaller...my old Subaru Forester was a giant compared to many other vehicles on the road. The fact that the driving age is 18, rigorous driver training is a requirement, and it's quite easy to lose the privilege, and roads that by and large force you to pay attention, combine to make everything safer. Also, I'm all about leaving speeding and red-light enforcement up to cameras, freeing highway police to do more enforcement of things like illegal turns, tailgating, lane hogging, and distracted driving!
  19. For years, Pennsylvania, the city of Philadelphia, and the DOT have tossed around ideas of double-decking I-76 between downtown Philly and I-476 along the Schuylkill River (the section known as the Scuylkill Expressway). It's one of the oldest sections of freeway in the US, being designed in the late '40s and built in the early '50s...and a lot of it hasn't changed much since then, mainly because of geographical constraints that prevent widening (cliffs leading to the river on one side, busy freight railways on the other). The only viable option to widen it is to make it double-decked, but that isn't palatable because of the immense cost as well as the impracticality of shutting down the main freeway leading out of Philadelphia to the west for the multi-year project to be completed. Sections of the road are quasi-double-decked, with the highway running below surface streets along the riverfront near 30th Street Station, but they were built as such. Unfortunately, I doubt that double-decking will happen in Nashville, for basically the same reasons. The only realistic scenario I can think of is a truck restriction on routes through downtown, forcing through truck traffic to 440 and Briley Parkway, with major re-building of the western 440/40 interchange and the nightmare that is the 440/40/24 interchange. Another alternate that would encourage traffic away from downtown would be a toll for through traffic...though Tennesseans' utter disgust at the idea of paying tolls will probably prevent that from ever happening!
  20. Interesting article by The Atlantic today on how blame for dangerous conditions on roadways has been unfairly placed almost entirely on drivers. The article argues that car manufacturers have deflected any blame for danger from the "bigger, taller" SUV and pickup arms race, while poor road designs that all but guarantee dangerous conditions continue to plague urban and rural areas alike. I do wish that there was more discussion of the poor state of driver training in the US, the mishmash of rules, and ineffective enforcement that is hobbled by pro-driving lobbies keeping effective tools from being utilized, but overall a very interesting read.
  21. I had completely missed that Belmont was even opening a medical school! Huge addition for the university and a win for the city. I saw that they were going to be partnering with HCA to provide hospital teaching, but I wonder if there are any plans for them to build their own medical center any time in the near future so they don't have to rely on a third party (especially HCA and the political baggage that may come along with it).
  22. One of the biggest signals of the immense amount of change that area has undergone in the last 10 years is just how tiny the Hampton Inn is now. Not very long ago that was something of a landmark building...not architecturally, but a sign of life in the neighborhood and a rather substantial building considering its then-neighbors. Now you have to squint to see it. The parking decks of the surrounding buildings is bigger than it is!
  23. That's the sense I get...they comission extensive, expensive studies, but never do anything of substance. All the while the sidewalks are crumbling and overgrown, the roads are a hot mess, and the public transportation is a complete joke.
  24. During and just after grad school, I worked for an academic non-profit that promoted the academic study of the American founding and the early history of the United States. We mostly hosted conferences, worked with universities to endow chairs in History, Political Science, and Philosophy departments, publish academic journals, that sort of thing. But, because of the nature of the organization, we often worked very, very closely with museums and the organizations behind them...and what you say is extremely true with only a very few exceptions. For a museum and the associated support organization to be successful, it needs a significant amount of government support and a large endowment from a sponsoring individual or organization. And even then, they require huge amounts of donations every year to stay afloat. Museums can't be stagnant, they have to constantly be considering how to update and develop exhibits, improve collections (not just taking on new stuff but managing what they have properly), and pay enough to attract quality staff. Fort Negley would be an awesome site for a Tennessee Museum of the Civil War. Honestly, if done correctly you could just turn it in to the Tennessee Museum of Military History at Fort Negley. But, with the new State Museum having a rather comprehensive Civil War exhibit, I doubt we'll be seeing the sort of support from the State we would really need to see. The best hope for good facilities on the site would be a large grant from State and Federal government combined with a large private donation, and a long-term funding agreement from the city and a long-term fundraising development strategy that doesn't rely on admission fees. All of this will require a concerted lobbying effort to get state and US legislators on board with the project as well as a dedicated development team to get the ball rolling, and that is most certainly not being done right now.
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