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  1. My biggest hope is that under the influence of Amazon, our bus system will become more like Seattle's . Seattle has figured out that people will ride buses in droves if the service is frequent and convenient enough.
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    I went to one of those meetings, there were 100's of people. This went on for months, and opponents were still saying this came out of nowhere with no public input. Monday morning quarterbacking is easy, the fact is right now any transit proposal that catches the attention of certain factions will be shot down with any tactics necessary. We of course need to build up bus service first, but under the rejected plan light rail wouldn't begin until a decade out. To the average person it meant, they're going to spend billions of dollars tomorrow and build a system appropriate to a much larger city." We will be that larger city sooner than you think. I sincerely believe most people have no concept of time (this is one reason most people are broke). I once gave someone a young pine tree I found in my yard and a couple of years later he told me he'd had to cut it down because he'd planted it a foot from his house and it was now huge. I said, "Why did you plant it so close, you know what a pine tree is, right?" and he said "Yeah, but I didn't know it would grow that fast." In his mind its size say, ten years from now was no concern because ten years from now is not real. I've heard people (not temporary residents) say "We were going to plant an apple tree (or walnut or whatever) but then we found out you don't get apples for 3 years." How soon will they get apples from not planting the tree? The ultimate scope of the transit plan should not be revealed to the average idiot.
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    Well I guess you weren't paying attention, but the reason we went big is that when we went small that went down in flames, thanks to the Koch brothers and Lee Beaman. Fortunately Beaman has crawled back under his rock and is presumably back to bullying women and videotaping himself with prostitutes instead of telling Nashville how to please him, but we still have a state legislature intent on overriding the vast majority of Nashville voters so I doubt Nashville can do anything so daring as to actually build a bus lane without paternalistic interference from those who know so much better than us how to manage our city.
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    This is just the same as the AMP. Like the AMP proposal it has dedicated lanes and signal priority, which is apparently far beyond what is possible for Nashville.
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    CBD/SoBro/RutledgeHill/Rolling Mill Hill Projects

    Only landscaping can save a building like that. They need to get some ivy groving up those walls as soon as possible.
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    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    In Oregon you can get a text automatically when your ballot is counted. The thing about fraud, is with individual paper ballots it would have to be done on a massive scale to make any difference. Electronically, the possibility for fraud is very real, especially since our elections are managed by partisan officeholders (the secretary of state of each state,) In a couple of states this year, the secretary of state is running for governor, a ridiculous conflict of interest that can only inspire distrust. The British also have an excellent paper ballot system where the ballots are kept at the polling station in sight of everyone in the center of the room, and when the polls close, the pollwatchers (one from each party is always present) sit at a table and count the ballots together. They always know the outcome of every election within a couple of hours.
  7. We're used to seeing fancy features used in wealthy places like NYC and Paris in our renders and then getting cost engineered into a short box, but this...this looks like it might really happen. I feel like it takes us to a new level.
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    All true, but my sense is that those factors seem to come together in NYC in the worst way. San Francisco for example has a pretty great transit system, and they've had to spend billions on BART doing things like replacing all the 50 year old electronics the system was designed around (no replacement parts available anymore), and replacing all the old cars which are now holding twice the number of peak time riders as they were designed for, and they just do it and don't make a fuss about it, all while building the extension to San Jose which has to cost a pretty penny as well. And they're talking about building a second tunnel across the bay--the current one carries twice as many people at rush hour as the Oakland Bay Bridge.
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    Don't you mean welcome to the center of international capitalism? There are over 400,000 people in NYC with incomes over $1,000,000 per year. And about 1/2 the population lives at or near the poverty line. It's where we're all headed. A big part of the subway's problem is that the city doesn't control it, it is entirely under control of the state government which doesn't care and only sees NYC as a source of revenue.
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    The Gulch Projects

    I really like that parking structure and enjoy driving under it so I'm glad they're keeping it. This area could have a nice gritty feel when all is done, although the 3rd render above looks like a strip mall. Parts of Germantown are so sanitized now I'm starting to hate it.
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    CBD/SoBro/RutledgeHill/Rolling Mill Hill Projects

    Bredesen did it. Not sure the exact dates.
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    CBD/SoBro/RutledgeHill/Rolling Mill Hill Projects

    This resistance to closing lanes is especially strange when you consider Lower Broad's not a road that connects anything to anything as it dead ends on 1st. Too bad there's no way to direct the traffic to Commerce which will always be too wide for a downtown street. Commerce should never have been widened, it has been dead since despite being between Broadway and Church, two incredibly active streets.
  13. The worst is, when you come in on 8th that ugly backside blocks what was once a lovely view of downtown.
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    Repurposed/revitalized historical buildings in Nashville

    This may be my favorite building in Nashville.