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  1. Will

    The Gulch Projects

    Would that be the *great* Hormolio?
  2. Yes the CC swipe terminals are installed on most buses now. Unfortunately they still accept cash but it's still a big improvement.
  3. I think part of the problem is also part of the genius of these scooter companies: The scooter is a very compelling option for that often-discussed "last mile" in cities that lack a strong bicycling culture. In Nashville, we have several factors working against us: A hilly topography, hot humid summers/cold winters, and a relatively small number of roads that feel safe to bike on for a casual cyclist. I bike to work daily and I'm used to it, but even on the side streets with bike lanes like Natchez Trace and Belmont, it can be intimidating to ride, and 90%+ of people are just not going to tackle the hills/car traffic, even if they're close enough and fit enough to do the ride. The scooter solves this by taking the hills out of the equation, and reducing your exposure to the weather so that you're not sweaty or freezing. You can also ditch it without worrying about finding a bike rack, so you get most of the best of biking without a lot of the downsides. Flat cities like Amsterdam, London and to some degree NYC already have more of a bicycle culture due to the lack of the factors mentioned above, and so they haven't seen as much of a scooter explosion as cities like LA and Nashville. There are a lot of them out there, but I think the supply will even out once we get through this first full winter with scooters.
  4. Re: Curbing relo incentives, there are a few ideas advanced in this article : https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/11/amazons-hq2-spectacle-should-be-illegal/575539/ There are benefits, drawbacks, Constitutional concerns, and potential loopholes in each theory, but it's worth having the conversation at a national level. 1. A federal law that disallows any incentives for relocations 2. Withholding certain federal funds from states who play the incentive game (kind of like how the Feds "withhold" highway $$ from TN because of our open container law, although we still get the money in the form of grants for special DUI prosecutors and other resources) 3. A change in the IRS code making any relocation incentives 100% taxable
  5. Will

    Nashville International Airport

    BNA is going to host an on-runway (2R/20L) 5K race in the spring: https://www.flynashville.com/about/Pages/BNA5K.aspx
  6. I heard recently that the University Club on Vandy's campus will be closing down at the end of the year. Not sure if it's for renovations or for something new. Maybe someone with Vandy connections could investigate.
  7. This is a thing. https://www.instagram.com/birdgraveyard/ Looks like Memphis is already distinguishing itself in this area.
  8. Will

    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    This is pretty much the definitive comment on the whole Nashville bachelorette thing.
  9. Kinda interesting: Tesla has this site marked as a "coming soon" location for one of its superchargers:
  10. Will

    CBD/SoBro/RutledgeHill/Rolling Mill Hill Projects

    I can't speak for commercial property appeals, but I've appealed my own home's appraisal to the state BoE twice. I prepared as best I could and presented detailed evidence to support my case, and both times I got at least part of what I was looking for, but never a straight give-away. Like the article said, many owners of commercial property hire attorneys and experts to support their case. Based on my experience I imagine the BoE makes decisions based on the evidence it has in these cases, too. I would argue the reason for the budget shortfall is not the BoE's approach, or even that so many people appealed, but rather that the city's leaders failed to prepare and plan for what was obviously a likely scenario. Hindsight is always perfect but it doesn't take a wizard to predict that a reappraisal after historic appreciation is going to generate more appeals than usual.
  11. Will

    JW Marriott - 385' - 34 Floors

    You know, seen from that angle it seems we might have a new complement to the Batman building...
  12. Will

    West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    Yeah don't shed any tears for Vandy. Note that they also have 20+ acres of pure surface parking plus an aux athletic field in the triangle bounded by Natchez Trace, Blakemore, and Vanderbilt Pl. They could easily build a whole satellite campus on that land and put all the parking in 2 or 3 garages.
  13. Will

    Nashville International Airport

    Renault-Nissan has an HQ in Amsterdam with significant operations in Paris as well.
  14. We already have the Urban Services District tax.