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  1. To my taste, the materials should match on the first 3 floors or so, preferably even with some traditional ornamentation. I'm fine with glass and steel sprouting from traditional bases, however.
  2. Nashville International Airport

    Well I have a heart condition and I'm going to stand and let the sidewalk/escalator move me. Walk around.
  3. MSA South - Williamson & Rutherford Counties

    ^My office is there and I hate it.
  4. The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    It would be hilarious if autonomous cars started trying to punish drivers for violating rules. Or if the members of one fleet of vehicles started driving competitors off the road.
  5. The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    One point made on the page I linked to above is that self-driving vehicles will be in real-world application as fleets of taxis/vans/whatever long before they are available for individuals to buy. An individual wants a vehicle that can go anywhere but it is currently and for some time to come only practicable to have them on specific routes that have been thoroughly mapped and vetted. So they won't replace individual ownership of not-fully-autonomous cars for some time, but they will obviate the need for an individual car for many users long before you can buy one as an individual; these people will get out of the habit of owning a car. We really have to wait to see how cities, car owners, taxi companies and developers adapt and none of us can predict what will happen. I would advise trying to keep transportation as multi-modal as possible and certainly not put all our eggs in one basket which we haven't even seen yet. My gut feeling is that we may have robots driving smaller buses around but dense urban areas will always want high capacity mass transit options and autonomous vehicles seem likely to solve the "last mile" problem. The only thing I'm sure of is that being able to call the nearest autonomous vehicle is going to be a great new amenity in urban areas where one will be there in a minute; worth the wait but not as great in the suburbs; and of little to no benefit for rural dwellers. I think this is going to be yet another thing that makes urban life preferable.
  6. The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    People for it vote on May 1st, those opposed vote on May 2nd.
  7. The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    But not here. I was suspicious how all these tests seem to happen in the desert and took the liberty of googling those suspicions: Current autonomous cars can operate only in sunny areas with little rain and without snow. In the US alone there are hundreds of cities which fit this profile and where fleets of autonomous cars can operate safely long before the harder problem of autonomous driving in very adverse weather is fully solved. I just stumbled onto this site and haven't read much, but it seems to be a trove of info. I don't the date of this article, but from the above quote, I'd say autonomous vehicles may be a mere novelty in most of the country for some time after commercial adoption in the Southwestern states.
  8. I seem to recall some pedestrian underpasses in DC. They also have places where center lanes pass under the traffic circle without intersecting it or stopping at all, just emerging on the other side, which might be an interesting idea for linking the center lanes of 8th and LaFayette while reducing the lane-change issue. It seems really dumb to have lights at a roundabout, and if they go that route the slower movement of traffic is really going to back things up in that part of town. Especially the people heading south on 8th while they're sitting there waiting for the light to change will be backing traffic up towards Demonbreun which seems already to get pretty crowded. Does anyone have numbers on how many serious accidents have happened at Styx circle? It always seems to work fine when I've been there. Supposedly most serious accidents are caused by people blithely cruising thru a red light or stop sign, so I don't see why a light would help. Violent methods (speed bumps or something), might be appropriate though, as well as more aggressive policing of yield signs in general. I've been honked at on Interstate ramps by people running a yield sign as though I was the one at fault. I'd like to see a pedestrian bypass though. If it goes under it needs to be brightly lit and with a good drain so they can hose the pee away every morning.
  9. The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    This isn't an argument against this transit plan, it's an argument against having a government. Governments need oversight, not griping and oversimplified ideological arguments, which is unfortunately a lot easier to do.
  10. The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    It will never be cheaper than it is now.
  11. I'm hoping this means an entrance directly off the bridge, as promised for the proposed twin tower project on the other side. Multi-level is good.
  12. I just wish they had incorporated some more classical design elements, i.e. a base and a crown. I kind of looks like a 1980s high school. We'll see what it looks like when it's done but I'm prepared to be disappointed.
  13. The arcade should hopefully be open and active late in the evenings, but I hope it keeps some grit. That's part of of the magic of Nashville, grit and glitz side by side. When places get too sanitized they lose their appeal. Those low rent galleries, like street musicians, are exactly what makes a city feel hyper-alive. In fact, small, cheap commercial spaces should be an important part of the urban mix. Interesting people will get weird and entrepreneurial with such a space at their disposal.
  14. The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    The amount of noise you hear on the street from subways seem to range in my experience from none to some-but-not-a-lot. I think the noisy ones are probably running in shallow cut-and-fill tunnels, I don't know if this current plan envisions cut-and-fill or boring. Overhead trains as in Chicago and NYC are noisy as hell, but those are old systems. Does anyone have experience of a more modern one? That said, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, I love me some elevated trains. They are fast, traffic free, accident free and a pleasure to ride, giving you a 2nd story view of the street and architecture as you go by. And if the whole system is above or below grade, current technologies allow total automation, which greatly reduces the costs of adding more frequent or late night service. Plus they look cool, although I've heard some trains-in-the-street advocates claim they "mar the urban landscape", I think they enhance it. And I think visitors are probably more likely to use them since they're so visible.