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  1. I went by this a few weeks ago and had to stand very close to it to confirm what was going on with the brick. Right, it's stenciled on. I've never seen that done before, but from a distance it looks very convincing. I do wish it were actual brick, though. Test of time and all that.
  2. SoBro Hyatt House, 7 stories, 217 rooms, retail/restaurant

    I do hope this historic building on 5th Ave S. will be spared, even though it may end up sandwiched in between the Olmstead and Hyatt House.
  3. CBD/SoBro/RutledgeHill/Rolling Mill Hill Projects

    Thanks for posting. I heard the interview in the car yesterday and had the same thought that some on this forum would enjoy hearing it.
  4. Repurposed/revitalized historical buildings in Nashville

    Soooo glad to see this building renovated instead of torn down as we feared might happen when it changed hands. The recessed sidewalk seating is a nice urban touch and looks like it was done tastefully.
  5. Greer Stadium site redevelopment

    It was built by the union army. Here's an excerpt from an article that describes Ft. Negley's history and efforts since the early 1900's to maintain it as a public park. Most of the 55 acres in Fort Negley Park once belonged to Judge John Overton, one of Tennessee’s most prominent early citizens, who began acquiring the land between 1805 and 1828. Overton’s tract, which featured a rocky prominence known locally as “Saint Cloud Hill,” remained undeveloped until the Civil War when the Union Army occupied Nashville in 1862 and seized the land to fortify the city Constructed of white limestone on the crest of Saint Cloud Hill, Fort Negley was the crown jewel of the federal fortifications and entrenchments that ringed the city. Federal troop encampments sprawled towards the city on the slope north of the fort while Negley’s large guns protected the railroad and approaches to the south. To build these defensive works, the army “impressed” African Americans who were either being held as slaves or had fled from enslavement to the protective lee of Union lines.
  6. Greer Stadium site redevelopment

    I didn't live here then, but I understand there was objection against building Greer stadium on the site for the same reasons being raised now. The argument against redevelopment now is that this is a chance to start over and "get it right". I'm waiting for the results of the archaeological study, but the more I learn about the history of the site, the more I tend to agree with those pushing for preservation. I don't consider myself a civil war buff, but I went up and walked around Ft. Negley this spring after the city cleared the overgrown brush. This was before the Cloud Hill development was announced. It's really a spectacular site that has been all but neglected for decades. As I read the historical markers around the fort, what really struck me were the stories of the thousands of slave laborers who built it and who were forced to live (and die) in inhuman conditions, lacking food and shelter from the elements. That, it seems to me, is as much a part of the story of the site as its use as a Union garrison. So, yeah, I get the argument for having the fort as the focal point of a larger public space that also honors those who gave their lives building it.
  7. CBD/SoBro/RutledgeHill/Rolling Mill Hill Projects

    Yes and as much as we all agree that street level activation and pedestrian access are fundamentals of good urban design, many developers have to be pushed in that direction. We are fortunate that Nashville adopted the form-based Downtown Code in 2010 that contained requirements and guidelines for construction in the central core that encourage and require street level activation along primary and secondary streets. That zoning change has been critical to ensure developers incorporate retail and pedestrian friendly design at the sidewalk level, so we don't end up with "dead" sidewalks like those surrounding TPAC, like the 6th Ave N side of the Cumberland Apartments and the BOA/Doubletree Plaza on Deaderick St., to name a few of the pre-Downtown Code developments that we're still living with.
  8. CBD/SoBro/RutledgeHill/Rolling Mill Hill Projects

    From the article, "The project would include the straightening of Molloy Street, as consistent with Metro’s long-terms plans for SoBro infrastructure, between Second and Third avenues." Metro's long term plans, as I recall, included straightening and realigning a number of streets in the fragmented SoBro grid. Those plans predated much of the private development that has already occurred or is underway, so the time to "fix the grid" is pretty much lost. I'm not objecting to it, I just find it curious that this one block stretch of Molloy got singled out for realignment when others (Peabody, Lea, etc) were not. Perhaps because the same property owner owns both sides of the street and agreed to the deal. Also from the article, "We hope to have details to share about the project within the next 60 days,” Hayes said." We await!
  9. Nashville Bits and Pieces

    Although the origins of "Nashvegas" were not entirely in a flattering sense. I think it had more to do with country music's trend toward rhinestones, sequins and glitz during the '50's, '60's and 70's.
  10. Nashville Bits and Pieces

    Is anyone else suddenly getting vertical ad banners on the right side of the screen? They eat up 1/3 of the Urban Planet page, which is annoying. Any way to make them stop?
  11. Cambria Suites Hotel|255 Room|19 Stories|200 feet

    I'm seeing Hurricane Irma...
  12. West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    I lived in Carmichael Towers for 2 years in '82 and '83. It's funny, but compared to the other non-freshman dorms on VU's campus in that era, the Towers were considered "upscale". That was because they were suites with small kitchens, air conditioning and en suite baths. But the fact is campus housing is designed very differently these days and the Towers no longer function the way VU needs them to. So, their days are numbered. I love that rendering and the proposed 20-story tower. Instant landmark.
  13. The Gulch Projects

    Except that it incorporates the "complete street" design, with separate designated pedestrian and bicycle lanes, benches and landscaping. It was intentionally designed for multimodal use, so to then obstruct the views from the bridge seems like a major design screw up.