jmtunafish

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About jmtunafish

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    just a few feet outside of the Nashville MSA
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  1. I'm sure it's crossed his mind. With 1,000+ AB workers making an average of over $100k each, I'm sure many will want to live downtown and can afford it. I'm convinced this AllianceBernstein move to Nashville will do more to invigorate downtown's housing boom than anything we've seen so far.
  2. ...and Knoxville, where no matter where you're going, at some point you'll be on Kingston Pike.
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    MSA North & East - Montgomery, Sumner, and Wilson Counties

    That's just a mile or so from the Martha commuter rail station. And with Mt Juliet schools. Good move.
  4. Likewise, I've always heard it called Murfreesboro Road, not Murfreesboro Pike. And Franklin Road, not Franklin Pike. TDOT seems to agree.
  5. AllianceBernstein has made it official: it's moving its HQ and 1,000+ high-paying jobs to the 5th & Broadway development which is set to open in 2020. AllianceBernstein will occupy the top 8 floors of the office tower and will have its name atop the building. https://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/news/2018/10/18/finance-giant-signs-lease-for-new-nashville-hq.html
  6. What I wouldn't give to have an urban Target in downtown Nashville... Anyway, I've caught myself using the "eateries" word even though it does sound insufferably millennial. But I figure doughnut shops and ice cream parlors aren't really restaurants, but they're places where I can get something [fattening] to eat. So when I say something like "there are 15 eateries in such-and-such neighborhood" it means I'm including bakeries, coffee shops, food trucks, etc.
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    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    While I would've preferred IKEA, this is a good consolation. When I lived in Knoxville I always enjoyed going to the Tanger outlets in Sevierville. This might be the death knell for what's left of the "premium" outlets in Lebanon, though. (The "premium" name has been removed from their signage for a while now.)
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    More Accolades for Nashville

    Nashville is a very, very likable city. Many who have preconceived images of what Nashville is like are often blown away once they're here. Case in point: My niece and her new husband had their wedding reception in downtown Nashville a couple of weeks ago. They were married in Italy, but Nashville is roughly half-way between her parents (my sister) in Virginia and his parents in Oklahoma, plus Nashville is easy to get to. Friends of theirs came flying in from all over the country for the reception. For almost all of them, it was their first exposure to Nashville. They ate. it. up. Without exception, every one of them raved about how much they loved the city--and I mean from more than just a partier's perspective (half of them were non-drinking Mormons). All of them stayed at airbnb's in the Franklin area and spent their time exploring Franklin as well as downtown and everything in between. One couple from Portland told me they were all set to leave the insanity of Portland for either Raleigh or Charlotte, but after spending the weekend exploring Nashville they've now zeroed in on Music City.
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    MSA North & East - Montgomery, Sumner, and Wilson Counties

    It's better than a two-lane country road, yes. I think TDOT made a big mistake when it didn't make the I-40/Hwy 109 intersection a cloverleaf. Now that there are a bunch of factories, distribution centers, truck stops, fast food joints, and other businesses right there at 109, traffic comes to a standstill and stays that way most of the day. I don't think it helps that the state didn't insist that Leeville and Division be aligned so there would be just one busy intersection on 109 north of I-40 instead of two. i do think it's interesting that there's a Music City Star station just a few miles up 109 from I-40, but there's hardly a single new housing development near it. Instead, everything is being built by I-40.
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    More Accolades for Nashville

    An American businessman and a Japanese businessman were sitting next to each other when their airplane got hijacked. The hijacker asked what their final wishes were. The Japanese businessman asked if he could lecture the rest of the plane about the wonders of Japanese business efficiency. Then the hijacker turned and asked the American businessman for his final wish. The American asked to be shot first, as he'd rather die than sit through another lecture on Japanese business efficiency. That's pretty much how I feel anytime someone suggests that Nashville needs to be more like Charlotte or Austin.
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    MSA North & East - Montgomery, Sumner, and Wilson Counties

    Sorry for being a Debbie Downer, but that is insane and borderline irresponsible. Hwy 109 @ I-40 is woefully inadequate as it is. Add another 3,000 homes AND retail AND more hotels AND more industry, and it'll be an absolute nightmare. But I guess as Nashville's closer suburbs continue to get more expensive, this kind of crazy development is inevitable, particularly right there along I-40.
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    Project Thread/New Construction/Photo du jour/Const. CAMs

    A Sky5 shot of I-24 in NW Davidson County yesterday. The next time some smarty pants who's never actually been to Nashville smugly insists that Davidson County is nothing but sprawl, I'd like to smack them around with this picture which illustrates why there are huge swaths of Davidson County that are not suitable for large scale development. Plus, I think this is just darn pretty. And two early morning shots of Nashville's skyline from the north.
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    IKEA to Nashville

    Or OKC is pulling a Memphis and is essentially giving IKEA millions of dollars to open a store there.
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    Project Thread/New Construction/Photo du jour/Const. CAMs

    I think this picture is of the airport right after American made BNA a hub in the 80s. That small cluster of jets in the center of the picture is where there used to be an observation patio, if I remember correctly, but was replaced with some temporary gates for AA while the new terminal was built across the field.
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    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    The NY Times has a fun, interactive map to show just how connected we are to each other in this age of social media. The surprising conclusion: "Even in the age of the internet, distance matters immensely in determining whom--and, as a result, what--we know." Data analyzed by economists at Facebook, Harvard, Princeton, and NYU is used to determine just whom we associate with on Facebook. Here's a link to the article: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/09/19/upshot/facebook-county-friendships.html I'm going to post snapshots of the national map; the darker the county's color, the more it's connected to the highlighted county. Here's Davidson County. Not surprisingly, people in Davidson County are Facebook friends with people all over the country. Now compare that with Shelby County (Memphis) where it's much more regional: Here's Mecklenburg County NC (Charlotte) which is heavily aligned with the East Coast and especially the Carolinas: Knox County has lots of friends from all over Tennessee, and especially from East Tennessee and Williamson County, but also from counties throughout the region that are dominated by universities (TTU, Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn, MS State): And Hamilton County also has a fairly broad range of "likes" especially from within 100 miles: Anyway, it's fun to play with! I've been wasting time all morning at work playing with this map. Not surprisingly, counties with large military installations like Montgomery also have widespread ties.