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  1. Kinda interesting: Tesla has this site marked as a "coming soon" location for one of its superchargers:
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    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.
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    JW Marriott - 385' - 34 Floors

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

    Renault-Nissan has an HQ in Amsterdam with significant operations in Paris as well.
  6. We already have the Urban Services District tax.
  7. Very cool - bring on the bikes! Muscle Rapid Transit doesn't get much press but it's the way to go if distance allows.
  8. Those of you who intend to vote for the plan should consider some of the thoughtful viewpoints brought up in the town hall that NPT held this week: http://video.wnpt.org/video/3011623338/ Specifically: The role of Transit-Oriented Development zones in this plan Land acquisition issues (such as how there seems to be a rail station slated for the site of First Baptist Church of East Nashville, which is on the Natl Register) Dearth of data on environmental impact of construction and operation Carrying costs of the debt alone - roughly $240m per year, which, assuming tripled ridership, works out to $12 per RIDE. Also note how the representatives from the city tend to talk around residents' questions and shift responsibility elsewhere. For example, Steve Bland of MTA seemed unaware of the First Baptist Church conceptual station site issue and framed it as a misinformation issue.
  9. Yeah that's a bad plan, undeserving of serious consideration. Anybody watch the debate last night? You can watch the whole thing on the Tennessean now. I thought there were some good questions posed and some reasonably cogent answers. Unfortunately Bone got touchy and took the conversation personal around the 40 minute mark, but it eventually got back on track (no pun intended).
  10. Interesting interview with a member of the activist group PATHE, which is against the May 1 plan. https://www.nashvillescene.com/news/features/article/20999320/grassroots-organization-pathe-wants-better-transit-but-not-the-citys-9-billion-plan This person hits on what I think is the most compelling reason to oppose the plan: "We’ve been to the Metro Council meetings, and one of the things that we consistently say is: 'Let’s make our existing system better.' We could have more of the [bus rapid transit] routes — the fast bus routes. We could have better dedicated bus lanes, and we could do that for a tiny fraction of the amount of money they’re planning to spend on this transit plan."
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    Nashville International Airport

    Interim International Arrivals Building is done.
  12. The problem with the May 1 plan is that there is no "next level" in terms of mobility. Look at the route map - there is no meaningful expansion of the existing MTA route network, and large swathes of the city are still unserved or underserved by transit: Antioch, Woodbine, parts of East and North Nashville. Functionally speaking, and that is the key here, this plan offers no advantage over an upgraded and expanded bus network in terms of moving our existing population or a future larger population around the city. For example, if you want to get from Lockeland Springs to Green Hills, you're still going to have to connect at a single point downtown. The same is true of many other route pairings. I think the single biggest failure of this plan is that it fails to address crosstown travel. Compare, for example, London's bus map. London has a hybrid hub-and-spoke and grid road system, yet its bus system is designed to facilitate crosstown travel relatively easily across multiple connection points.
  13. Something to consider: did you know that many of the factors some of us identified as barriers to using the transit system are already being fixed this year, regardless of the outcome of the referendum vote? Specifically: New smart payment system Real time bus info signs and apps (you can actually already get this in the Google Maps app when you search for Directions via transit) Wifi at certain stations Free transfers Increased frequency and longer operating times on certain routes See: http://www.nashvillemta.org/pdf/MoveSmarterWebsite.pdf https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2017/09/26/nashville-mta-announces-several-changes-city-bus-routes/704883001/ I submit that this is good evidence that we can make meaningful improvements to our existing transit system without the plan that's on the table. We need dedicated bus right-of-way for sure, among other improvements, but we don't need this plan to do that. Just consider the idea that a No vote is not a No to transit or even light rail in Nashville for all eternity, forever and ever amen. It's just a "No thanks, this is impressive in certain ways, but not really what we need" to this specific plan. The administration can come back to the public with a new plan on a future referendum.
  14. Anecdotal question here: Those of you who do not currently use the transit system: Which specific elements of the plan would most likely convert you to a transit system user or increase your use of the existing system? See the proposed route plan below.