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  1. Maybe the new terminal could be built just for Southwest. I've not seen the statistics, but I'm pretty sure that BNA is very much an O&D airport other than its Southwest "hub" (I know SW doesn't use that term, but it is what it is). I know that SW has big plans for BNA, so I wouldn't be surprised if a new terminal would be built just for them. If Southwest were to be fully contained in the new terminal, I really don't think there would be much need for passengers to transfer between the terminals.
  2. There's no reason why 2nd Ave can't be rebuilt to exactly how it looked prior to the bombing. War-torn cities and villages all across Europe have been able to do it. I lived in Arras, France, a city that was almost completely obliterated by the Germans during WW1. Only 5 percent of the city's buildings survived the war intact. They rebuilt the downtown area to look exactly as it did prior to the war which was a monumental feat considering there were almost no original architectural plans (the city hall and its belfry were built in 1517, for example). It took 15 years. A visitor to the city today would have no idea that the "historic" downtown is only 85 years old instead of 500. left - before WW1; right - just after the war: And today: It might take longer and cost more for Nashville to do the same, but I think it'll be worth it. It certainly won't take 15 years as Nashville doesn't have an entire city to rebuild. If done right, 2nd Ave could emerge from this looking just like it did prior to the bombing.
  3. 31 new routes in one year? That's got to be some kind of record other than when American started ramping up its former hub at BNA.
  4. U-Haul released its list of cities and states with the most in-bound moves, and Tennessee came in at #1 for the first time ever. Last year, Tennessee was 12th. Besides the usual suspects of Nashville, Clarksville, and Murfreesboro, other Tennessee cities with the highest growth are Knoxville, the Tri Cities, Cookeville, Cleveland, and Maryville. https://myuhaulstory.com/2021/01/04/uhaul-names-top-50-growth-states-2020/
  5. Bankrate.com has listed Nashville among "America's Best Places to Live in 2021." They used the following metrics: cost of living, salaries, health, employment, safety, education, migration. https://www.bankrate.com/real-estate/best-places-to-live/us/
  6. Allegiant seems very bullish on Nashville. Key West makes the 28th destination that Allegiant serves out of BNA which is pretty amazing considering it's been at BNA for less than 3 years.
  7. Hard Rock Café opened in 1994, and I'm sure they wouldn't have opened at that location if 2nd Ave/Market Street/The District was a ghost town. Like you, I remember going there in the late 80s/early 90s. Broadway was still pretty sketchy, but 2nd Ave's renaissance was already well underway. In fact, Mère Bulles opened in 1985 on 2nd and was a wonderful place to go for some amazing food and good music. The Old Spaghetti Factory opened in 1980. I was in college in Utah back then but made many trips to Nashville (had tons of friends recruited by Opryland every summer). We always enjoyed heading downtown.
  8. I've always felt this, too. That is such an ideal location for a theme park. People forget that Disney World was way out in the boonies when it first opened. Walt wanted a lot of space between his park and the rash of hotels and tourist traps that would inevitably follow; he didn't want a repeat of the mess that surrounds Disneyland in California. I'm not suggesting that a new Nashville theme park would be on the same scale as Disney World, but just that it's not that unusual for a theme park to be built well outside an urban core. And like you said, this location isn't THAT far from Murfreesboro and is already comfortably along a very busy interstate with pretty much all the infrastructure already in place for something like this.
  9. SmartAsset analyzed some data to determine what places in the country are the best for small businesses. They looked at the percentage of people who own a small business, how much money is made through small businesses, and the amount of taxes paid by small businesses. While nowhere in Tennessee was ranked in the top 10 in the country, the map shows that Tennessee as a whole is very friendly to small businesses. Within Tennessee, Williamson and Davidson counties scored 1-2. To me, this shows that while the big announcements of business relocations and expansions are sexy, it's our small businesses that deserve a lot of credit for our area's growth and prosperity. (Side note: I'm particularly pleased to see how well the counties in the Upper Cumberland are doing, particularly my adopted home of Putnam County which has seen a huge increase in small businesses these last few years.) https://smartasset.com/checking-account/savings-calculator#tennessee/small-business-index
  10. I have no idea who this guy is, but he made a decent case for why Nashville should have a theme park.
  11. Looks like the bomber was a real crackpot who believed the moon landing and 9-11 were hoaxes, and the earth is controlled by lizard people. The manifesto he mailed out to acquaintances just prior to the bombing haven't even mentioned AT&T or technology. https://www.newschannel5.com/news/newschannel-5-investigates/nashville-bombers-bizarre-writings-reveal-belief-in-aliens-and-lizard-people
  12. This could potentially be big news for Nashville. Ben Shapiro announced today that The Daily Wire is going to get into the entertainment business by making movies and TV shows. I can't help but wonder if this is one reason they moved to Nashville, a city that already has much of the infrastructure necessary to pull this off yet at a fraction of the cost of L.A./Hollywood, and in an area that would certainly welcome this. There is already so much creative and technical talent in this city. If this is successful, I'm thinking this could be a real shot in the arm to Nashville's entertainment industry. https://www.outkick.com/ben-shapiro-entertainment-hollywood/
  13. And even some small cities have them. There's a large such building in downtown Cookeville left over from when GTE had its state HQ in Cookeville. BellSouth serviced most of the state, and GTE serviced many smaller towns (Cookeville, McMinnville, Dyersburg, a few others). I have no idea what's in the building now but I assume it's still got some telecommunications equipment in there. Verizon bought most of GTE, but the Tennessee exchanges were bought by a really crappy phone company called Frontier Communications which is based in Connecticut. Anyway, the windowless building still looms over downtown Cookeville today.
  14. One thing that's puzzled me is this: with all the security cameras all over downtown and 2nd Ave, did anyone see the driver of the RV get out of the RV once it was parked? If not, that suggests that it was a suicide bombing, and the officials who went to the guy's house might've been looking for DNA samples and maybe some sort of manifesto or note. Since he was so careful to make sure that no one was killed or even seriously injured in the bombing (other than himself, presumably), hopefully he left a note explaining why he did what he did. From things I've heard and read, he wasn't registered to vote and had no social media accounts, so it's doubtful that this was anything political. To me, it's sounding like it's someone with an ax to grind against AT&T. At least I sure hope that's all it is. Edit: CNN is saying it was a suicide bombing. https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/26/us/nashville-tn-explosion/index.html
  15. The site of the explosion is now on Google Maps. To me, I wonder if this bombing was just a test. I mean, the bomber went out of his way to make sure no one would be killed or even injured. Consider this: shots were fired, either real or from a loudspeaker, which attracted the police. Then once the police were there, the warning started blaring from the RV that everyone in the area needed to be evacuated. That early in the morning, particularly on Christmas morning, if the police weren't there to evacuate people, it's likely that not everyone would've heard or heeded the warning. So I wonder if this is just a precursor to a much larger attack somewhere else on some other data center or some similar facility. I seriously doubt--if this were the case--that they would attempt another attack on the Nashville data center. But maybe this was just a trial run to see just how much damage someone could do to our communications infrastructure from such a minor attack ("minor" compared to attacks like 9-11 or OKC). Whoever did this--if that's what their goal was--is an evil genius; most anyone else would've merely bombed a cell tower or two which would've resulted in just a fraction of the disruption to the communications network. Whatever the reason, this whole thing makes me sick to my stomach.
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