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  1. Nathan_in_the_UK

    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    Something I've noticed here is that the local road police do very little when it comes to enforcing speed limits. The speeding violations they go after are usually in conjunction with other dangerous driving or rules violations. They tend to let speed cameras do the speeding enforcement, and have started to make use of average speed cameras (they register your car at different locations and you get a fine in the mail if you averaged over the limit). The average cameras are nice because if you pass one and realize you were going a bit too fast, you just have to slow down until you pass the next one. They also make lots of use of chicanes, one way passthroughs, and roundabouts as traffic calming solutions. Of course, they also have generally speaking much higher speed limits for comparable roads. Even so they have fewer accidents and fatalities per mile driven than the US does, largely because of more effective and difficult driver qualification processes.
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    Project Thread/New Construction/Photo du jour/Const. CAMs

    Man... Nashville of the late 70's and 80's was intent on just levelling downtown, wasn't it? Even if that picture is a little non-representative, that's the reality of the imagined past so many people want to take Nashville back to. Dirty, run down buildings and parking lot wastelands.
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    Nashville International Airport

    Air National Guard. But yeah, it is a little surprising that there wasn't an announcement. Though I still don't get the fuss I was seeing from Channel 4 and 5.
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    Nashville International Airport

    Maybe I've been desensitized by carrier deployments and living at the end of a runway at NAS Oceana, but I'd think seeing a C-17 flying around was cool.
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    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    In the UK the value added tax (basically sales tax) is included in the marked price, and then broken down in the receipt. Seems to work pretty well and makes budgeting at the grocery store that much easier, since you don't have to hunt down what the local sales tax is.
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    Nashville International Airport

    Same here. This is a big deal, if not entirely unexpected. I imagine they think there will be a drop in economy demand with daily service, so plan on making up the profit margin with the significantly more profitable premium seats.
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    Nashville International Airport

    What's the timeline for the apron extension? That's going to make movements much easier on that side if the terminal. Flying out on Dec. 28th, back to the UK. Having to go through Charlotte because I couldn't get on the BA flight. I hope they bump that up to 2x daily soon, or WOW starts flights...
  8. Nathan_in_the_UK

    Amazon: The Thread | 5,000 Jobs | 1M SQFT in Nashville Yards

    Agreed. Tall is nice but I'd rather have a good built environment any day of the week. A couple blocks of 8 storey buildings that address the street, encourage pedestrians, and support a vibrant neighborhood are better than any single 40-storey tower.
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    Amazon: The Thread | 5,000 Jobs | 1M SQFT in Nashville Yards

    Whoa! I wake up, check the news, and see this! Very exciting, and a great win for the city that will avoid killing it with an influx of 50,000 new people. This is going to be great for the office space market downtown!
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    Amazon: The Thread | 5,000 Jobs | 1M SQFT in Nashville Yards

    I lived in CC for 3 years. It has gotten its act together and is quite a bit better today than even 6 or 7 years ago.
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    Amazon: The Thread | 5,000 Jobs | 1M SQFT in Nashville Yards

    Having lived in Crystal City very recently, I'm not sure where they'd put a campus that big. There are quite a few empty lots, but they'd have to spread it out a bit. Unless they start tearing out residential neighborhoods, or even the existing office areas, most of which have recently undergone huge amounts of renovation. Also, the infrastructure there is already pretty much maxed out. I'm surprised they didn't go for some place like Tyson's Corner or the Eisenhower Ave section of Alexandria.
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    MSA South - Williamson & Rutherford Counties

    Induced demand is a b!itch...
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    Project Thread/New Construction/Photo du jour/Const. CAMs

    Oh my gosh, how could I forget that. I used to love going to Kats games! Too bad AFL petered out.
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    Project Thread/New Construction/Photo du jour/Const. CAMs

    Before the Titans and Preds, I only recall going downtown a few times, and then it was for things like school trips to the state museum or the Capitol, or very rarely down to Church Street Center. But, once the Preds and Titans came to town, we were down every other weekend during the season, which I'm sure is a very similar experience to thousands of other middle Tennesseans growing up from the mid 80s to the early 00s.
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    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    So I believe it's too late to request the ballot. I got mine about a month ago and I put it in the mail today. Hopefully it'll make it on time...