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chelovek last won the day on October 15 2014

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  1. DOG PARK is sorely needed! bring it on! They should let people use the Greer Stadium field as an enormous dog park until it is time for demo. It would also be nice to step back a little bit and look at the relationship between Ft. Negley Park, the Cemetery, Rose Park and Reservoir Park. Would be great to link all of these green spaces together.
  2. Not terrible, but would be vastly more enticing to the pedestrian with a second entrance or some type of activation along Southside instead of that blank wall
  3. Navigating these areas on foot becomes increasingly frustrating every time a new project breaks ground. I'm bummed about those two buildings being lost, and I'll be even more upset if they condemn the sidewalk for the next few years while the hotel comes out of the ground. The latest one I have seen is the palm trees project at 19th and Church. I can't believe public works continues to issue sidewalk closure permits for this kind of crap against all engineering guidelines and ADA requirements. SIDEWALK CLOSED [1 FOOT] AHEAD <- DETOUR [DIRECTLY INTO TRAFFIC AND SAY A PRAYER]
  4. Turning lane. MPW wants more lanes everywhere.
  5. I vote we close down hillsboro to automobile traffic between acklen and blakemore at all hours and turn the street into a ped mall. Maybe we could leave a through lane for buses and emergency vehicles and do a big roundabout at music row and wedgewood too, just to throw the luddites and their cars a bone.
  6. The major project definitions should be expanded to include buildings that have been designated worthy of preservation.
  7. This is an opportunity to reconfigure the street so that the bike lane doesn't turn into a taxi-stand/delivery vehicle parking zone all hours of the day. For many cyclists, its harrowing to have to merge into the traffic lane while going uphill at a slower than normal pace. Ideally this project will keep the active, ped-friendly streetscape and also add some amenities that turn the area into more of a 24 hour neighborhood. A grocery store and a pharmacy would be great as long as the building forms are appropriately urban and the parking is structured and lined with active uses. I'm glad that urban development is pushing towards West End, and I feel like the more these secondary blocks build out, the more out of place the WES hole and car lots will feel. Although I personally don't love any of the bars here now, they are an amenity to many residents and worthy of inclusion in future plans. I'd love to see somebody open a throwback to the old cheesy gift shops full of hank williams and loretta lynn merchandise as a nod to the area's past. I would also love to see TDOT make some capital improvements to the overpass over I-40. It needs a higher guard rail, pedestrian scale lighting, wider sidewalks, and perhaps the developers trying to push the demonbreun hill moniker could contribute some funds for distinctive gateway signage. I have a theory that one of the reasons Demonbreun is a hot corridor for developers now is partly because of the investments that the city has made to make it more of a complete street with landscaped medians, pedestrian refuges, and bike lanes. The scale of the street is more appropriate for mixed-use and walkable developments than other corridors where this amount of pedestrian activity would feel out of place if not straight up dangerous. I like to imagine the kind of density and activity that the church street corridor could achieve if it received a similar makeover. The one major component missing from both corridors is transit. Although it is not our most pressing transit need by any means, a streetcar loop formed by demonbreun and church would be such an awesome downtown amenity and a real catalyst for increased density and low-car lifestyles. Theoretically they could just move the green bus routes to this kind of loop, but knowing MTA the buses would probably be sent on random detours every other day. I imagine a transit system that makes use of the center flex lane space on the demonbreun and church street viaducts and uses mid-block boarding stations that also double as pedestrian refuges to make crossing easier. The surface street sections of Church and Demonbreun could easily be reconfigured from their current alignment to accept this kind of treatment. The reconfig might actually increase automobile throughput by eliminating awkward lane shifts at 21st+ church and 14th ave + church, for example. The limitation is that you would only be able to run in one direction, but the loop is small enough that it wouldn't be that much of a pain in the butt if the service was fairly frequent. Politically, it would probably be impossible to implement something like this now unless it was as a phase of a regional transit solution, but whatever, still nice to dream!
  8. Its always shocking to me how haphazardly pedestrian traffic is managed around construction sites in Nashville. Just throw some cones all over the street, shut down every sidewalk (but NEVER a lane of traffic except in the rarest of cases) and hope to god nobody with a vision impairment tries to make safe passage around the site. Its really only a matter of time before somebody is injured or killed because of shoddy practices like this.
  9. There is a crew that is currently widening the northbound church street exit.
  10. The stonehenge products are not affordable. 1100 dollars a month for a less than 500 sq ft studio in a building that is already deteriorating (note16) is a cash grab, not affordable housing. You're giving these guys too much credit.
  11. I was just playing around with the area calculator because I had a hunch that I could convert square feet into another unit of measurement that would produce an output reasonably close to the digits of pi. Imagine my surprise when I saw that square meters is almost right on the dot! No need to convert to square versts or fathoms.
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