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  1. They got Grand Forks and Sioux Falls reversed. Grand Forks is in ND, Sioux Falls is in SD. Anyway, this is pretty cool news. I've got friends in Bozeman and Greensboro who are excited for this.
  2. That's still a sore subject for me and for many others. Gaylord built Fiesta Texas which is still going strong, while Gaylord turned Nashville's Opryland into a crummy shopping mall.
  3. I have been wondering this for a long time. Lots of Nashville's peers claim to have more tourists even though Nashville has more hotel rooms and much higher hotel occupancy rates. If you're referring to the same city I'm thinking about, I agree that there's no way it's got more tourists. More business travelers, probably. But more leisure tourists? No way. Or maybe they're counting everyone who shops at IKEA as a tourist. (I'm still bitter that IKEA isn't coming to Nashville, by the way.)
  4. This picture embodies what Nashville is today: construction cranes, brand new office, residential, and hotel towers, and historic buildings that house venerated honky tonks and fun bars and restaurants.
  5. Grade work is being done on the 75 acres in Mt Juliet that will house a 3.6 million square foot Amazon facility at the corner of Division and Golden Bear Gateway. It'll be one of the largest building in Tennessee, and with 85 percent of it office space, it'll be one of the largest office buildings in the state, too, with 1200 workers. The city of Mt Juliet is not offering any incentives or tax breaks to Amazon, either. https://www.wkrn.com/news/nashville-2019/amazon-plans-one-of-the-biggest-buildings-in-the-country-for-mt-juliet/?fbclid=IwAR14705O6wTkwOOl16B5_SAv6dOQagueO4nOducY65h28eKouyYMPH71QFA
  6. I wish someone would put something like that downtown. Maybe when the new hotel/conference center is finally built (if ever) it'll have a rooftop bar. Really, the West Side would be ideal. Anyway, I'm really eager to find out more about this place you brought up. What's the timeline?
  7. And now by metropolitan areas: rank...metro area...2018 GDP ($thousands)...3-year increase Nashville..132,202,284...15.8% Memphis...76,749,486...10.3% Knoxville...43,307,309...12.4% Chattanooga...30,971,172...13.7% Kingsport-Bristol...13,704,793...8.9% Clarksville...12,709,619...3.4% Jackson...8,431,205...11.1% Johnson City...7,840,991...11.0% Morristown...5,318,622...13.0% Cleveland...5,218,263...4.1% and since Cookeville is on the cusp of being a metropolitan area, here's its stats: 2018 GDP: 4,494,244 which is a 14.9% increase from 2015.
  8. The 2018 GDP figures have been released by the Census Bureau. Here's how Tennessee counties are doing. I'm including just those counties with more than $1 billion in GDP. rank...county...2018 GDP ($thousands)...% change from 2015...per capita GDP Davidson...63,848,008...11.08%...$92,188 Shelby...57,633,301...4.37%...$61,590 Knox...24,573,575...8.45%...$52,814 Hamilton...23,273,742...8.01%...$63,889 Williamson...20,705,085...6.94%...$89,350 Rutherford...13,308,992...10.90%...$40,965 Sullivan...7,134,333...4.83%...$45,249 Sumner...5,919,474...9.18%...$31,630 Washington...5,468,691...6.29%...$42,522 Madison...5,306,184...5.52%...$54,364 Montgomery...4,928,685...9.94%...$23,931 Blount...4,809,024...6.40%...$36,613 Wilson...4,442,285...11.85%...$31,590 Bradley...4,412,936...-0.28%...$41,348 Anderson...4,244,637...2.63%...$55,499 Sevier...3,591,754...8.98%...$36,691 Putnam...3,308,251...9.88%...$41,960 Maury...3,285,859...16.35%...$34,830 Hamblen...2,996,630...7.73%...$46,410 Coffee...2,573,478...9.65%...$46,202 Roane...2,206,450...3.67%...$41,521 Greene...2,153,404...4.83%...$31,169 Robertson...2,138,230...-0.42%...$30,111 McMinn...1,926,369...6.70%...$36,152 Rhea...1,892,112...28.18%...$57,260 Hawkins...1,881,653...2.66%...$33,286 Dickson...1,624,735...13.41%...$30,400 Bedford...1,609,446...-2.24%...$32,820 Loudon...1,561,274...9.43%...$29,428 Cumberland...1,515,362...4.19%...$25,394 Dyer...1,449,259...3.77%...$38,833 Gibson...1,410,486...8.03%...$28,759 Jefferson...1,338,198...7.98%...$24,776 Warren...1,258,085...1.29%...$30,777 Monroe...1,174,306...9.31%...$25,332 Henry...1,124,631...2.70%...$34,756 Weakley...1,112,897...8.08%...$33,305 Lawrence...1,057,190...6.33%...$24,173 Obion...1,034,308...0.44%...$34,173 Tipton...1,030,904...3.80%...$16,741 Carter...1,019,574...7.94%...$18,093 Cocke...1,016,848...5.92%...$28,424 Franklin...1,016,719...4.80%...$24,271 TENNESSEE TOTAL...323,674,896...7.32%...$47,810
  9. Oh, do tell! Can you at least say if it's going to be downtown? Is it a new development or a rehab of an existing building?
  10. If I did my math right, that makes 47 destinations that Southwest serves out of BNA (regular and seasonal). Pretty impressive! I hope Southwest will start adding some additional Caribbean destinations from BNA.
  11. The old Wilson sporting goods factory in downtown Cookeville, which was going to be torn down to build a hotel/conference center, burned down last week in the middle of the night. Interestingly, the parties involved with the hotel/conference center development are mired inlawsuits against each other and are scheduled to go to trial next month. No word yet on what caused the fire. Elsewhere in town, the new full-service Holiday Inn is looming large over South Willow Ave. I think they're shooting for a spring 2020 opening. A new office building on 1st Street downtown is taking shape. The exterior of the new student fitness center at Tennessee Tech is almost finished. The new laboratory sciences complex is coming along. A couple of additional condo/townhouse developments in town. Corner of Broad and Willow: East Spring near Old Kentucky: A couple of medical office buildings (the one on the right under construction) overlooking Neal Street, with land cleared in the distance for the new police HQ: A decrepit old building downtown was demolished to make room for a development that's supposed to include ground-level retail and apartments above. No renderings yet. The last phase of The Gables, a high-end (for Cookeville) apartment complex across the street from the fairgrounds.
  12. How on earth are Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge underrated? They're about the tackiest, schmaltziest, most overrated tourist trap nightmares in the western hemisphere. Those towns exist solely because they are so wildly popular with tourists and get millions of them every year. Well, at least Gatlinburg is snug in the mountains so it's got that going for it. But underrated? Hardly.
  13. I drive by there every day and don't recall seeing a crane at that exit. But there is a crane at the next exit, Hwy 70 Lebanon/Watertown. The Royal Canin dog food factory there is expanding vertically and has a large crane in place.
  14. What a joke, and what a jerk. This guy clearly is not local. He says that Nashville is among the worst public school districts in the country because the schools are overcrowded, then he posts a picture of a Williamson County headline about overcrowded schools. Idiot. Williamson County's schools are among the best in the country, and Nashville's schools are NOT overcrowded. He also says Nashville's schools are lousy because the state has one of the lowest per-student budgets in the country, completely ignoring that Nashville spends considerably more per student than the rest of the state. I think only Franklin, Oak Ridge, and Memphis spend more. And why does he have such a hard time pronouncing Murfreesboro? But I do like this shot from the video:
  15. I'd change that last sentence to: Nashville is poised to be an even cooler city. I think Nashville already has what many (most?) cities crave: a reason for visitors to go downtown after business hours. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Phil Bredesen was a visionary when he got the Country Music Hall of Fame to expand and move downtown and also when he got the city to build a brand new and very cool basketball/hockey arena downtown without a tenant, which was an enormous gamble, especially when downtown was still littered with adult bookstores and porn shops. And didn't he also move the main library to the site where the defunct Church Street Center had been? And then held an international design competition so that Nashville would end up with something nice and not just functional. It's too bad (but understandable) that the (then) new NFL stadium didn't meet those same standards, but at least it was put downtown. Anyway, I think Nashville is already a very cool city and is poised to be even cooler. It's an exciting time to be living in Middle Tennessee!
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