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Neigeville2 last won the day on April 4 2015

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  1. Nonsense. New York's subways are bored through granite below sea level. The most difficult material to drive a tunnel through is soft, silty soil that collapses into the hole as you go. Limestone is a perfect tunneling material. Edit: rereading this, I feel "nonsense" was a rather rude word, I should have said "Not so" or something. I apologize, it just irritates me how much this particular myth gets spread.
  2. Unfortunately in cities like Houston with few zoning restrictions, people accomplish many of the same results with a huge proliferation of deed restrictions: forbidding rental units, forbidding further subdivision of the property, etc. This kind of thing is a selling point to buyers since it forces prices to continue going artificially higher. It would take a pretty fundamental change to the system to stop it since anybody can put pretty much any restriction in their deed as long as it doesn't discriminate against a protected group.
  3. I really wish we could bring that red and black terracotta ornamentation back. I like it a lot more than the glazed white terracotta you see in Chicago. We have a little in Nashville but it seems no one has built that since.
  4. I remember these places from my childhood in St. Louis, the Planetarium, the Jewel Box, the Muni Opera. Forest Park. Nashville needs more of this, the Frist and Centennial Park and Cheekwood are great, but you go to St. Louis and Cleveland and other old Northern cities and there is a huge generational legacy from the robber barons that we don't get from Beamon and whatnot. I know there are rich people in Nashville, why haven't they invested in this kind of public good?
  5. There are many cities where gondolas and aerial trams are a part of the public transit system, I think it would work great if we had a loop running both sides of the riverfront which could be used by tourists but also by locals just getting around, like the free buses on 16th Ave. in Denver.
  6. My preference would be to have buildings of modest height along the river with heights climbing as you go towards the Dickerson Pk, mimicking the way the CBD rises behind the historic brick buildings along 1st and 2nd. Tall buildings along the shore would just be a blank wall, less visually interesting. Once the pedestrian bridge is built and a few hundred people are living, and park/water aspects are attracting people from all around, there it'll be easier for retail etc. to develop, and then a hotel and taller buildings. Has to go in steps.
  7. Just addressing my personal experience. Some nice folks, lots of rude or distant/indifferent ones and for me the rude ones outweighed the pleasant ones. Little of the relaxed openness you feel in Nashville or even more so in California where you have pleasant conversations with strangers at bus stops and whatnot all the time. It affects the overall tone of life. Restaurant service can be robotic, impersonal, in a way you never encounter here (I'm told service in Norway, Austria, other germanic/scandinavian countries is even worse, I've never been). On balance, interesting to visit but I would not find it an engaging place to live my everyday life.
  8. ^All a matter of taste, I couldn't disagree more. I think they are fine examples of the architecture of that period, and I hate the way people throw away the past. I think this spic-and-span, shiny new pseudo-oxbridge stuff Vandy is building now, while very pretty on the surface, is hollow, it doesn't have the soul of the stuff it imitates.
  9. Will we be able to see the statues? It doesn't look like you can approach them. I don't like it.
  10. I think it looked handcrafted, richer and darker in color, made with local stone and not bright white concrete and smooth spotless brick. But I am also sure it didn't look as good as it does now. Antiquity gives something permanent to a building that it can never have right out of the box. Plus this will probably never have the great landscaping that is typical of many English buildings.
  11. I'm not criticizing the design, I'm just saying the things it's based on are cool in very large part because they're old. This spic-and-span look is incongrous. It'll look better in a hundred years.
  12. Something like this needs to put on a hundred years of stains and wear before it comes into its own. This looks like they bought an imitation Oxford fresh off the truck from Lowe's.
  13. Just have to say I did not find this to be the case, really really did not like the English at all. not at all.
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