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rookzie last won the day on May 19 2016

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  1. Before any new commitment to develop a new passenger rail route is undertaken, at the very least, DOTs need to assess risk factors with any private of public grade (level) crossings traversed along a proposed route. Vehicular crossings most problematic are those which are most likely to become fouled by heavy roadway equipment or commercial semi-trailer rigs, the latter of which 1) may bottom out (become centered) on elevated or depressed roadway surfaces at track level; or 2) may be located close to an intersection where a roadway closely runs parallel to the tracks and where vehicular traf
  2. I still give many "hats off" to the State of NC" for what it's done for intercity passenger rail over the last 35 years, compared to the lone service we have here ─ once-daily each way service at only Newbern, TN and Memphis (Amtrak trains 58, 59) between Chicago and New Orleans. Amtrak first introduced the Carolinian in 1984, in partnership with the state of North Carolina, to operate passenger rail along an intramural state corridor and connecting with the Northeast Corridor (Boston-NY-DC). I rode that train along the then-still-active route spanning Richmond, Petersburg, Norlina and H
  3. Hypothetically only. If, say, CSX were to vacate all its RoW in mid-state ─ which, needless to say "aint gohn" happen even in a dream on smokes ─ then the answer is "Yes" and even "Certainly Yes". The layout of the rail routes in Nashville Terminal (the CSX rail Sub [sub-division]), basically encompassing Metro Nashville, all enter and leave the core via 6 directions, 2 of which are splits ─ one at Brentwood (to Columbia and to Lewisburg); and at Madison [Amqui-Nesbitt Ln] to Springfield and to Gallatin). These CSX lines do not include the two routes now owned by R.J. Corman ─ the Nash
  4. Hmmmmm.... Nothing new here I haven't already heard in cycles like a tape loop. Somebody come shake me, wake me, if I miss anything. []
  5. Thanks, Sadly, there's no way to guide viewers to dedicated sites for focused discussion, except for tips as this. Kind of like looking for the announcements to a train that already has long departed.
  6. This may already have been posted, IDK According to Nextdoor Community Web site Greg Hayes: "GBT is building a 16 story 100+ unit condo development on the site of the old fire station right in Front of VERTIS - those people are going to be looking at a building instead of a view toward downtown Nashville. So it is only going to be one story shorter than Vertis. It is to be built using existing entitlements within the Green Hills UDO (urban design overlay) and to named "Eden House". Published in the Nashville Post six months ago, it appears no longer behind the paywall. https:
  7. I'd've paid a full R-T air fare, just to be that fly-on-the-wall to sit incognito across from you on that NYCMTA bus. I bet you looked all "Swoll", blending in with the natives. What a sight to behold of someone from Blount Cnty TN on somebody's city bus, period ─ much more on one of theirs! [SMDH] Last time I rode a NYCMTA bus was in June 1971, from 179th St. in Queens (the Q43 bus), while on my way to my aunt's funeral. At the time that probably had been the longest one-way subway ride I'd ever taken, NY Penn Station to Queens.
  8. I just stumbled upon these two references to the site of the former Sun Trust bank at 3811 Hillsboro Pk. I've seen no follow-up on this, but for some time now this darling edifice, originally one of the city's Third National Bank branches. They were build during the post WW-II era (around 1953) as examples of simplified, rectilinear Egyptian post-moderne Art-Deco, in limestone cladding with a characteristic scalloped cornice below the coping, and with contrasting dark granite plinth. Instead of being razed, this structure was saved and transformed into a Chase Bank not very long ago.
  9. Oh no biggie, Nashvillain. Reading up on the mission of Vision Zero instantly resolves those "stray" thoughts, which most of us tend to perceive subjectively. Now as far that extolling is concerned, I truly am endeared with the kind words. But there ARE those out there lurking who can offer much more expertise than I ─ I'm the first to admit. I also admit it has taken a lifetime of personal and shared experiences, along with assimilation of years of scholarly and formal pursuit, to glean what knowledge I've managed to build. Personal accounts of historical trivia of what used to b
  10. Well, in expressing my perception or a lack thereof, I never claimed to be the most discerning and intuitive boy on the block (as you already know)..
  11. Just the glimpse impression of that name makes a half normal half eccentric person like me think more of tearing things down, far more than it's purported intention. In a way it reminds me of the reason Amtrak renamed a Chicago-Detroit passenger train it inherited from the railroads in 1971 ─ the "Twilight Limited" ─ to become the "St. Clair", because it felt that the original name connoted something a bit morbid and portentous, if not evil.
  12. For over 2 or 3 decades, maybe longer, that had been the Nashville branch of the Jasper Engine & Transmission Exchange, based in Jasper, IN. It having been by no means a "pretty" structure, I frequently passed that once imposing and visibly active business throughout the '60s and '70s.
  13. That's in part what the urban expressways did to density within the deep inner cores of urban stock built mostly after WW-I. While much of the old residential stock shown in the 1951 aerial view (the year my parents moved from DE to TN and I was born) was pre-20th C. built and had been considered sub-standard (left [west] of the railroad "Wye", just left of upper center), instead of being replaced, essentially it became "dis"-placed and over time rezoned. Typically, dwellings of the low income occupied the inner-urban core near downtown and within close vicinity to railroad rights-of-way
  14. One of my pet descriptions. I usually turn it into "squatty", to make something sound wide and "sawed off" (like a Corgi) Overall, it might be a Topical confusion
  15. IMO, "housing that's affordable to all" likely is the implied meaning of "affordable housing". In the hypothetical scenario presented, yes the $60M home indeed would be "affordable" by the semantic literal. But also yes is the fact that it's "affordability"is very little, based on the scenario parameters ─ affordability being only 1/1000 of 1 percent (0.001). Those who would split hairs, as would a robot that responds only superficially to verbal commands and not contextually, would take the literal. That's how those annoying, frustrating-a$$ call-center IVR (Interactive Voice Respons
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