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Everything posted by CenterHill

  1. Jeezus, why can’t Nashville figure this stuff out? This project perfectly illustrates the halfassed commitment the city gives to bike and pedestrian infrastructure. The city can’t really hold this out as advancing Vision Zero. To the extent the green paint lures more cyclists onto this stretch of road, I could see the number accidents actually increasing.
  2. These will take the place of the existing Morgan and Lewis residential towers and the Chaffin and Mayfield apartments. The excellent development map says Martha Ingram Commons, but that's not what these will be called. Highland Quadrangle is the working name for now.
  3. I’ve seen at least one article referring to the tenant as a “brewpub”. That implies beer is brewed on site. I don’t see any tanks or brewing facilities in the renderings, but maybe someone knows. My guess is the Saucy company will have their beers contract brewed elsewhere for this venue.
  4. This will be a hit with the bachelorettes. At least it preserves the beautiful fire station building.
  5. Ha, that's because it's still a cheap hotel. I'm not saying I love it, just that as long as the owner wants to continue operating a cheap hotel, the new cladding is an improvement over the stucco.
  6. It's amazing to finally see this project come to life. I remember feeling a tinge of excitement about possibly redeveloping the former slaughterhouse back when Steve McRedmond acquired the property back in the 90's. It's been a long time coming.
  7. The cladding on the new addition is a big improvement over the existing hotel. Wish they would go ahead and re-clad the whole thing. Or maybe that's the plan, does anyone know?
  8. Extremely well done, @Rlooper! I love that you linked all of these projects to the Cumberland River Greenway, which is one of the most complete, unsevered (except for the Ascend segment) greenways Nashville has,. It speaks volumes to the dividends a good greenway system can have for a city!
  9. And there was a Barbara Mandrell sign with changeable letters (like the Exit In sign) on the west side of the building. I remember for a while they put up the letters "SHE'S DAZZLING!", lol. I once bought an Elvis coffee mug in the Barbara Mandrell gift shop. Still have it!
  10. Good suggestions. I’ll note that Richland Creek greenway currently does cross under I-40 there on the west side of the creek and terminates at the MNPD precinct property. What is sorely needed IMO is a means of crossing the 4 lane Charlotte Pike. Virtually impossible to cross on foot or bike in that area. And it would not be a stretch to build a connecting greenway segment from Charlotte to the existing Richland greenway at McCabe golf course. The parts of the greenway that exist are nice but it’s just another example of how disjointed metro’s greenway system is. Greenways that don’t actually connect people to anything are more akin to a park that you might drive to than a viable alternative means of transit.
  11. The first rationale ("due to unprotected location crossing four lanes") doesn't really hold water since there are not one, but two, unprotected (intersections without traffic lights) four-lane crosswalks further down on Wedgewood at Hillside Ave and Elliott Ave. I expect if you had a petition signed by 50 people in the neighborhood saying we would use a crosswalk if it existed might satisfy the second criteria.
  12. As has been discussed on this forum many times, I give no credence to claims that any historic building is "beyond saving". Renovation might be beyond the budget of the current owner, but it's certainly possible for a property like this to be renovated and incorporated into a profitable development. That will take a developer with vision and access to capital. I expect there is no historic zoning protection for this particular building and it would be a tragedy if Room in the Inn were to raze it.
  13. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I ride this particular bike lane on a regular basis and it's always full of leaves, sticks and trash. Pretty much like all Nashville bike lanes. But I'm encouraged that at least someone is thinking about them. I'll personally chip in for gas money to keep this little guy running, lol
  14. Agree with you. I also run and bike on the greenway and have no issues with the homeless camper guy. Sure I’m aware he’s there, but he doesn’t bother anyone on the greenway. Same with campers along the Cumberland greenway along the riverfront. Some people are bothered by this, I guess, but the greenway here along the CSX tracks is a great amenity for downtown residents and workers. The reason for my asking is simply that I’d hate to lose it. So, good to hear the intent is to retain the greenway even if it ends up being relocated slightly. Thanks, all.
  15. There are several reasons for that. Permission, mods, to remain on this topic. Memphis is blessed with Mississippi delta alluvial soil, unlike Nashville which sits on a limestone shelf and has shallow, rocky and, let’s just say it, poor soil. I grew up in Missouri on the Mississippi River about 2 hours north of Memphis with soil similar to Memphis. It makes for some of the best crop land soil in the country and all plants, including trees, thrive in it. Many year ago, I gave my mother recommendations for some of the same trees and shrubs I was planting here in Nashville and she planted them in her yard there along the Mississippi. Today those trees are twice or three times the size of mine here in Nashville. The first answer is - it’s the soil. But the second reason is Memphis, and by that I mean people - homeowners, property owners, developers - in Memphis respect their grand heritage trees, of which there are many. Massive beautiful oaks - red oaks, shumard oaks, willow oaks, white oaks - fill the mid-town neighborhoods, along with tulip poplars, elms, pecans, walnuts and the largest river birches I’ve ever seen. Property owners and developers recognize them as an asset to the property value, rather than an impediment. One of my biggest issues with Nashville is we don’t respect trees, never have. Developers here clear cut lots and forested parcels on a whim, then don’t replant trees or they replant tiny trees (redbuds seem to be developers’ go-to) and usually the wrong species of trees for middle Tennessee (why all the Japanese Zelkovas?). A few years ago, the Virgin Hotel was an antebellum home in a grove of large old oaks. To the comment that other cities have better urban forests. Yeah, but overall Davidson County’s urban tree cover is still pretty dense, although getting less so as infill removes so many historic trees. We have waaay too many hackberries (see bad soil), but we’re still pretty dense. The inner loop, however, is the exception - severely lacking in urban parks and any sort of vibrant street tree environment. Nashville has an office of “Urban Forester”, but it is largely a ceremonial position, underfunded and ineffective. The whole infrastructure for urban street trees in the inner loop is inadequate. The main reason, imo, is the well size for street trees is too small. Probably written into Metro sidewalk codes 60 years ago. The 3’x3’ cuts with a new tree planted in essentially gravel on bedrock just doesn’t allow the tree to grow. Not enough water, air and nutrients can feed the roots. Look at the trees planted in the larger tree beds along Church St. and more recently the west side of Fifth between Church and Union. Trees in those larger beds are much larger and healthier than their counterparts planted at the same time in the small sidewalk cuts. And not to mention, once a sidewalk tree goes in, that’s the end. Metro is in charge of the street trees, but provides no maintenance, feeding, watering, mulching, pruning, etc. You’re on your own, son, good luck. Hell, we cut down trees in our downtown because birds(!) nest in them (looking at you, Church Street Park and Schermerhorn). Anyway, this is from years of study and observation on these matters, and apologies for a bit of a rant on Nashville’s dendrological efforts. Yes, I love walking around Memphis and admiring their amazing trees. And, btw, if you really want to see an amazing urban forest, visit Seattle.
  16. Right. Metro schools use these fields for their boys and girls soccer games. Many/most metro middle and high schools don’t have regulation size soccer pitches on their campuses. This just seems so on brand for Metro to want to take away some of the few decent athletic fields from MNPS.
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