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Everything posted by jmtunafish

  1. Oh how I wish BNA would have more international service. I look longingly at Montreal, whose airport isn't much busier than ours (15 million passengers/year vs. 11 million'ish) yet has nonstop flights to places like Casablanca, Algiers, Istanbul, Beijing, Prague, Budapest, Brussels, Athens, Lisbon, Vienna, Munich, Qatar, Amman, Barcelona, plus eight cities in France, seven cities in Cuba, four in Japan, three in Switzerland, and a couple dozen throughout the rest of Latin America. In all, 5 continents. They have four different airlines that fly nonstop to Paris for crying out loud, including Air France which flies it with a mammoth A380. So, really, any additional international flights from BNA would be wonderful. I'll be happy if it's just London, happier if it's London and Tokyo, and absolutely giddy if it's London, Tokyo, and Paris. Speaking of Montreal, I would love to see a nonstop flight there from Nashville. As far as domestic flights, I'd love to have a nonstop to Honolulu. Closer to home, I'd like to see nonstop to places like Savannah, Charleston, Little Rock, Albuquerque, Tucson, Norfolk, Richmond, Greensboro.
  2. Some of the comments after that article are just sad. I'm half European (French) but also very conservative. I don't think there's anyone in Europe who doesn't understand the benefits of a viable, well funded public transportation system, conservatives and liberals alike. The notion that "everyone" uses interstates but only a select few would use a monorail (or train or light rail or streetcars) is ludicrous. When TDOT builds a new exit in Wilson County, how is that any different in concept to TDOT building a streetcar line in Nashville? Besides, it's the Tennessee Department of Transportation, not the Tennessee Department of Highways. There is zero freedom in being forced to own and use a car. Don't get me wrong; I love owning and using a car. I drive nothing but Nissans but would seriously love to be able to also have the freedom to hop on a train or streetcar or monorail. I also don't mind at all paying a few extra dollars in taxes if it means having more transportation options. With Middle Tennessee becoming more densely populated, we have got to start planning now. We cannot continue adding lanes to our interstates, particularly since the years of construction hassle don't always make the finished product worth the mess.
  3. Agreed. It's as if Kroger is throwing in the towel and conceding to Publix when it comes to a more pleasant grocery shopping experience. It's one of the reasons I despise Kroger. They have an almost one-size-fits-all attitude towards their stores, whether they're suburban or urban. The quality of their own Kroger branded stuff is lousy, and I have no doubt that they're going to ruin those wonderful Harris-Teeter stores. While I know they're not going to do this in Nashville, I'm still baffled at what Kroger did in Midtown Memphis. Kroger bought out all of the Schnuck's locations in Memphis (Schnuck's is a nice, family-owned chain out of St Louis), including a small location in Midtown that had originally been built as a Seessel's, the venerated old Memphis family-run grocer that was then sold to Albertson's, then to Schnuck's, and now Kroger. Rather than spruce up that location to make it a nicer place like an urban Publix or the Hillsboro Village Harris-Teeter, Kroger bought the 15-story apartment tower next door and demolished everything: the apartment tower AND the grocery store in order to build a suburban style Kroger, complete with a massive parking lot, right there in the middle of Midtown. It's shameful and shows a complete lack of respect on Kroger's part. Their attitude seems to be, screw you, we'll do what we want because we're big and you need us more than we need you.
  4. It would be nice to go downtown again to go shopping. I don't know how feasible this is, but I would love to see a Von Maur or some other nicer department store downtown, even if it's only 50,000 or so square feet. Maybe it's just wishful thinking.
  5. Taziki's already has several locations in Nashville: Green Hills, West End, Hermitage, Mt Juliet, and Cool Springs with two more about to open in Brentwood and downtown Franklin.
  6. I'll never forgive Gaylord, either, for closing Opryland and replacing it with a crummy mall. They didn't even give us any warning so we could go just one last time. To make matters worse, the next Gaylord president after the one who closed Opryland said that if he had been in charge at the time, he would've kept Opryland open. It wasn't losing money, after all; it just wasn't making as much money as they figured a mall would make. Anyway, I agree that the old superspeedway in Gladeville would be the perfect location for a new theme park. The infrastructure is already there, and goodness knows Wilson County would give away the farm to lure a theme park to the county.
  7. I love this!! I realize that camera angles can be manipulated to show any number of perspectives, but this picture really highlights just how dense the central core of downtown Nashville is. I wish this could be the go-to picture of downtown Nashville instead of the tired view from the pedestrian bridge.
  8. I really like The Fresh Market and am delighted to see that they're expanding to Murfreesboro. Frankly, I don't understand why they don't have more locations in the Nashville area than just the one in Brentwood. They have two in Knoxville and three in Memphis. It is definitely an upscale store, but it's more than a stretch to refer to it as an "organic grocery store." It does have some organic produce and meats, but no more than they have at Publix. Anyone who thinks that The Fresh Market is like Whole Foods will be sorely disappointed. On the other hand, the meat department at The Fresh Market is outstanding, and their bakery isn't too bad, either. And until Publix came to Knoxville, The Fresh Market was the only place in town where I could find some stuff I used to get when I lived in France. The cheese selection alone is a good reason to shop at The Fresh Market.
  9. I'm not a Nashville "elitist" by any stretch of the imagination. But I am still pretty miffed about this. Not because I harbor any ill will against Memphis. On the contrary, I lived there for 8 years and adore the city. But we were told that Nashville just doesn't have the population to support an IKEA. So how the heck did Memphis bamboozle IKEA into building a store there? I feel that someone lied to us somewhere, because clearly that magical 2 million population figure didn't matter when it came to picking Memphis, but it did matter for not choosing Nashville. Then again, IKEA has stores in other stagnant river towns like Detroit, Cincinnati, and (soon) St Louis, so maybe IKEA is just trying to do its part to boost the economies in these places. Who knows. From my house I'm just as close to Atlanta as I am to Memphis, so I'll continue to have IKEA weekends in Atlanta where there's a lot more to do, and lower sales taxes. At any rate, while I'm glad for Memphis, I'm sick that this means that Nashville will most likely not get an IKEA. Granted, there are places where IKEA has multiple stores within an hour or two of each other (Tampa-Orlando, Miami-Ft Lauderdale, Houston-Austin, 2 in Chicago, and a bunch in the NE and in CA. But I doubt that IKEA will grace us with one of their stores now that they've settled on Memphis. ugh.
  10. If this rumor is true, then my faith in humanity has been ruined. Why on earth would IKEA go to that decaying town and not Nashville?? The NBJ kept saying that IKEA wouldn't go to Nashville because the population is too small. Well, the population of the Memphis area is even smaller, and there's certainly a lot less disposable income in Memphis than there is in Nashville, and Memphis just isn't growing. Then again, St Louis isn't growing, either, but IKEA is headed there. Maybe this announcement tomorrow is for an IKEA distribution center in Memphis. THAT would make more sense. At any rate, I'll be eagerly watching to see what happens with this.
  11. ...or MTSU. The only full sections at Floyd Stadium below were filled with the BYU contingency.
  12. ^^As I recall, the Oilers/Titans were going to stay in Memphis for two seasons while the new stadium in Nashville was built. But things were so dismal that they left after one season and spent the next year at Vanderbilt's stadium. I love Memphis, but its best days are long gone. I can't imagine how much worse that city would be if it weren't for FedEx. I remember a few years ago the Memphis Chamber did a study, I'm not sure why, and discovered that in spite of modest population gains, there's less money in the Memphis region than there was 10 years previous, implying that people with money are leaving Memphis and being replaced by people without money. Their same study found that Nashville, on the other hand, is not only attracting more people but it's attracting people with money.
  13. Isn't there blues at BB King's? And rock at the Hard Rock? The magnificent Schermerhorn Symphony Center is just a couple of blocks away and always has stuff going on, and then of course there's the Ryman which hosts a plethora of non-country concerts throughout the year. Jethro Tull and Jerry Lee Lewis are both doing concerts there next week, for example. There used to be a jazz club on 2nd Ave, Mère Bulles. I always heard it was popular so I don't know why it closed.
  14. Chattanooga is a beautiful city. I love seeing the rebirth of its downtown. Any word on its light rail project?
  15. This one came out of left field. The new owner of Oreck is bringing over 200 jobs from China and Mexico to an expanded Cookeville factory. When TTI (who also owns Hoover and Dirt Devil) bought Oreck last year, many were afraid that TTI, which is based in Hong Kong, would shut down Oreck's Cookeville plant and move the operation overseas. Instead, TTI is beefing up its Cookeville operations. And this makes sense. TTI sees the wisdom in capitalizing in the skilled, educated workforce and the central location available in that part of Tennessee. http://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/blog/2014/08/new-oreck-owner-to-add-more-than-200-jobs-at.html
  16. I also lived in Memphis (8 years) and have heard a heck of a lot more anti-Nashville smack from Memphians than anti-Memphis smack from Nashvillians. Memphians like to whine that Nashville's growth is simply because it's the state capital. But they fail to remember that for most of the last 100 years, Memphis was the state's premier city, by far, and that much of the state's political power was centered in Memphis (Boss Crump). I think two events reversed those fortunes: the assassination of MLK in Memphis (and its accompanying, persistent problems with race relations), and the Nashville-Davidson County merger. I adore Memphis and loved my time there, but I'm afraid its best days are behind her. Just as Nashville had to take a back seat to Memphis for most of the last 100 years, now it's Memphis's turn to take a back seat.
  17. Yeah that is a lot of buffer. 1.6 million square feet is 40 acres, if I did my math correctly. That's a lot of real estate under one roof (about 28 football fields), but it still leaves them with just under 200 acres around the warehouse. It's going to be exciting to see this thing go up although I don't know how much will be visible from I-40. I drove by there yesterday and couldn't see much from the interstate because of all the trees.
  18. Having a Le Méridien hotel is huge! Even though it's going to be a small hotel (82 rooms I think?) it will put Nashville in some pretty prestigious company. There are only 15 of them in the U.S. but 109 other locations in some of the most exotic locations on the planet. Their Bora Bora resort is my ultimate dream.
  19. Yeah it really is huge. It's just south of where Mine Lick Creek Road crosses I-40 about 2 miles west of the Willow Ave/Burgess Falls/TTU exit (286). If I can figure out how to do this, here's a map of the area. This project is supposed to border Old Stewart Road. In this map you can also see the new, four-lane road built for the new business park where 36 acres is supposedly going to be developed into "Project Uno" and its 1100 jobs. https://www.google.com/maps/@36.1369461,-85.5794004,1213m/data=!3m1!1e3
  20. It's official. Academy Sports is building a 1.6 million square foot distribution center in Cookeville. It will be the largest distribution center in the state under one roof and will employ 700. The state has also promised to start construction on the new Mine Lick Creek I-40 exit this fall which should be finished just before the distribution center opens. Exciting news for Cookeville and the entire Upper Cumberland region. http://www.ucbjournal.com/news.php?id=3174
  21. Yeah I think this was his 4th time or so winning the CrossFit games. There are a couple of CrossFit gyms in downtown Cookeville, and I think his is just around the corner from Ralph's Donuts which is pretty funny. The other CrossFit gym is just down the street from an ice cream parlor that sells Mike's Ice Cream. You can't make this stuff up. Ah so I was misinformed about that. Sorry about that. I was told that the Murfreesboro one had been something else. It's certainly the biggest Cookout I've ever seen (and I'm kind of a Cookout junkie). I doubt that Cookeville's will be that big although Cookout bought a one-acre lot so who knows. But yeah Cookeville really is an untapped market. It probably doesn't help that the Nashville media (especially the Tennessean) pretty much ignores the area. The Tennessean loves to talk about "Middle Tennessee" when they really mean the Nashville MSA. Anyway, there are 300,000 people in the 14-county Upper Cumberland Region of which Cookeville is at the center. And as the Nashville MSA continues to creep eastward, Cookeville/Putnam County will definitely benefit. Yes it does! Even though I don't live in Cookeville, I would live in downtown Cookeville in a heartbeat if I could. It's not nearly as flashy or swank as downtown Franklin, but it is definitely very liveable and walkable, particularly considering the regional hospital and Tennessee Tech University are also within easy walking distance of downtown.
  22. Glad to see a Cookeville thread on here. There are several potentially major economic developments on the horizon for Cookeville: 1. 1100 new jobs with "Project Uno." This was just announced yesterday. City and county bodies are meeting this coming week to approve incentives for this 36-acre, $50 million project that will be located in the new Highlands Business Park located just west of the Willow Ave/Tennessee Tech University I-40 exit (286). http://www.ucbjournal.com/news.php?id=3166 2. 700 new jobs with "Project Victor." This was announced a couple of weeks ago. This will be located on 256 acres adjacent to the Highlands Business Park. Rumors are that this will be a distribution center for Academy Sports. http://www.ucbjournal.com/news.php?id=3148 For these two developments, the state has promised to fast-track the new I-40 interchange with Mine Lick Creek Road which is on the western edge of Highland Business Park, about 2 miles west of exit 286. 3. CHM Development of Knoxville (developers of University Commons and Northshore Town Center) and Browning Development of Nashville are teaming together to develop the Shoppes at Eagle Pointe (stupid name), a 236,000 square foot "lifestyle center" located on 40 acres at the corner of Walnut Ave and Interstate Drive, behind Logan's Roadhouse, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Cheddar's. No tenants have been announced, but their web site says it should open in summer 2015. Rumors are that it will include a Publix and Academy Sports. CHM has developed a couple of Targets and all three Knoxville Publix locations. http://www.browningcompanies.com/images/properties/1390077710.pdf 4. While not "major," this is still pretty exciting. The NC-based Cookout fast food joint is building a new store in Cookeville. What makes this different is that, from what I can tell, this is their first location in Tennessee that will be built from scratch and not just a re-use of some other vacant fast food place. It's going to be built on land that used to be a little water park (water slide) way back in the 70s and 80s and has been vacant ever since, on Jefferson Ave in front of Nick's restaurant and the Executive Inn. http://www.ucbjournal.com/news.php?id=3165
  23. It's awfully quiet in here. Just wondering if anyone knows when the new University Commons (Publix & Walmart adjacent to U.T.) is going to open.
  24. I really like it. Yeah, it sort of looks like a hospital, but, well, it is Hospital Corporation of America. This design could've been a lot worse. I also like that it's going to be highly visible from I-40/65. I'm guessing that's one of the reasons HCA chose this area. I'm very, very curious to find out what the retail is going to be. I could see something like Knoxville's University Commons at this site. It's a Publix and Walmart built on top of a parking garage on a little sliver of land adjacent to U.T. They're also incorporating a train depot in the development which will be home to a sight-seeing train for now and hopefully some commuter rail in the future. I also like the images posted above by PHofKS. It would really be nice, though, to see streetcars on Charlotte instead of just automobiles. Today State Farm unveiled renderings for its massive new office complex in Sandy Springs (Atlanta) and I couldn't help but notice how cool it was that they're incorporating a new MARTA station adjacent to its office complex, and it shows it in the renderings. It would've been awesome to be able to show a streetcar stop right there on Charlotte in front of the new Parallon Tower. Hopefully someday soon.
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