Jamie Hall

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  1. The mural would be amazing. But even a billboard would be better than a giant, blank wall.
  2. Nashville Bits and Pieces

    I'm curious: What would have attracted tourists downtown in 1994? On the video, I saw the Hard Rock Cafe, and the Ryman. But other than that, was there anything tourist-centric on Lower Broadway in the early '90s?
  3. West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    Looks like the Jack In The Box location on West End has closed -- probably not a huge surprise, considering several of them in the Nashville area have closed in the past few years. It's a very small footprint, but interesting since the Taco Bell next door will be demolished soon for a new hotel. Are there any known plans for the property?
  4. So as best I can tell, no plans have been announced for the huge lot that currently houses the Tennessean itself, or their small parking lot on 12th, or the parking lot on the other side of Broadway (and the warehouse space that sits underneath it). With some creativity, those lots could turn into something amazing in the next 5 years.
  5. This is a great start to the redevelopment of that property, and there's still about half of the Gannett property still to develop even after the Asurion project. Still lots of potential for great things to rise up in those spots. Also, I had to chuckle when I saw that the NBJ broke the story before the Tennessean. Ouch.
  6. The Gulch Projects

    I know it might not be the popular opinion, but I don't think a gas station (maybe something more visually appealing than the current Exxon) is a bad option for that spot. It serves a valuable purpose for that side of downtown, especially for visitors coming off the interstate and turning onto Lower Broad. I like the idea of adding more high-rises downtown, but some spots inevitably have to be set aside for basic necessities like gas and auto/tire services. Having said that, this would offer 7-11 to do something creative with that lot, sort of in the same way Dollar General used the corner lot on West End for their new DG concept. A run-of-the-mill suburban-style 7-11 would be very disappointing.
  7. Repurposed/revitalized historical buildings in Nashville

    I thought I'd read earlier that this was to be entirely food spots and small eateries -- sort of a one-stop food court. I'm hopeful that they really have decided to include office and retail, considering the saturation (and demise) of so many new restaurants in Nashville the past couple of years.
  8. LifeWay new HQ, Capitol View, 10 stories, 250,000 sq. ft.

    Definitely a modern, sleek look, especially compared to to their last home.
  9. Nashville food and beverage scene

    Yeah, I realize it's only Taco Bell, but ... According to Food & Wine, the chain is about to build up to 350 of its new cantina-style restaurants in several urban areas. The story doesn't mention Nashville, but the accompanying video does say Nashville is one of the target markets. The cantinas serve a variety of liquor and have a decor to fit the local market, unlike the usual Taco Bell. It was mentioned on here a few weeks ago that the Taco Bell on West End will be torn down in the next few months and replaced by a hotel, so it stands to reason that one of these would go near Vanderbilt, potentially in the Gulch and/or maybe SoBro. I could see these things being incredibly popular with college students and tourists. Taco Bell Is Ditching Drive-Thrus And Adding Booze
  10. In an attempt to steer back toward the topic at hand: Unlikely as it is, if Amazon somehow did overlook a city because of its HIV rates, then it's a safe bet that no Southern state would make the cut because we tend to lead the nation in obesity, child mortality, illiteracy and other significant health and education problems that could put strain on a company's health insurance program. But on a realistic note, I am curious to know if unemployment rates in individual cities or regions might factor into Amazon's decision. That's a number that seems more relevant.
  11. Margaritaville Hotel,12 stories, 145 ft., 215 rooms

    As a guest it would seem odd to walk out of a beach-themed hotel room onto the streets of very non-beachy downtown Nashville ... but oh well. Just one opinion.
  12. West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    It's hard to imagine anything going onto that site that involves any significant in-and-out vehicle traffic -- simply because of the nature of that oddly shaped intersection and the ensuing traffic problems. Imagine a high-rise on that site and the lines of cars attempting to turn in and out of the parking garage onto either Broadway or West End. That's a potential disaster. One option would be to assign parking to a nearby lot and share it with another building, if there's enough parking available nearby.
  13. Bridgestone HQ 30 stories - 460' | Retail.U/C

    I saw this last night around 10:30 as I was taking the loop around downtown. They definitely seemed brighter and hard to miss, and I would swear the lights were moving on the fins -- very similar to how the colors revolve at the Adventure Science Center. I'm curious to see if this is a permanent effect or just a one-night trial run.
  14. West End Summit

    Any estimates on how much money Palmer is losing on this property each year it sits undeveloped? I'd guess that property taxes on that lot aren't cheap, plus whatever liability insurance he pays on it.
  15. Demo on the fire station began a few days ago, so it's already coming down. That area of Charlotte around 21st Ave North is definitely filling in. Starbucks just opened across the street, and Zaxby's is building a block or two away. A hotel seems like a good fit.