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  1. This needs to be done. I'm sure the local leaders in Lebanon would love to have the name Lebanon or Wilson County included in the name of the fair, but who cares? Lebanon and Wilson County will definitely reap the rewards of having the state fair at their large and impressive fairgrounds. This should've happened a long time ago.
  2. https://www.southsidesox.com/2021/2/4/22264582/south-side-sox-reacts-mlb-expansion-nashville
  3. The Census Bureau has released its preliminary numbers on new housing construction in every metro area in the country, and Nashville clocks in as #8 in the US. The official numbers will be released on May 3. Here's the top 20 metro areas in the country for new housing construction in 2020 (preliminary): Houston...68,415 DFW...60,062 New York...53,708 Phoenix...46,618 Austin...40,875 Atlanta...31,627 Los Angeles...27,074 Nashville...25,529 Washington...24,754 Charlotte...24,225 Orlando...23,974 Seattle-Tacoma...23,456 Miami-Ft Lauderdale...21,834 MSP...21,408 Tampa-St Pete...20,052 Denver...19,566 Raleigh...16,958 San Antonio...16,748 Jacksonville...16,361 Chicago...15,048 BTW, Tennessee had 49,135 new homes built in 2020 which means just over half the new homes in the entire state were in the Nashville MSA. Tennessee's other MSAs: Chattanooga...2,374 Clarksville...3,805 Cleveland...458 Jackson...162 Johnson City...535 Kingsport-Bristol...16 Knoxville...4,921 Memphis...4,758 For some reason, Morristown isn't reported. https://www.census.gov/construction/bps/msaannual.html
  4. This one is from 2020. Not quite the same angle, but it's close.
  5. Anyone who's driven on I-40 has undoubtedly noticed the huge increase in traffic, both cars and trucks, particularly between Nashville and Knoxville. In my ideal world there would be passenger and freight rail parallel to I-40 from Memphis to Knoxville and then up to the Tri Cities to connect in Virginia with the Amtrak line to DC.
  6. I wouldn't worry about that at all. Houston is still one of the fastest growing cities in the country in spite of its three recent "500-year" floods, one of which also involved a Cat 4 hurricane: Memorial Day Flood of 2015 Tax Day Flood of 2016 Hurricane Harvey in 2017 San Francisco still has some of the planet's most expensive real estate despite the constant threat of a major earthquake. There might be a few people who are turned off by the wacky weather we've experienced the last few years, but by and large, people are quick to forget these things.
  7. All those big airports in the NE exist because there's a heck of a lot more people there in addition to a heck of a lot more businesses and commerce, particularly international commerce. Within 150 miles of Nashville there are just under 8 million people, whereas a similar area in the Northeast has over 40 million people. I'm as big a Nashville booster as there is, but I just can't see how BNA will ever be a top 20 airport for total traffic. For O&D, perhaps. If someone has the O&D numbers, I think it would be interesting to compare BNA to some of its peer cities who are hubs such as SLC and CLT. https://www.statsamerica.org/radius/big.aspx
  8. A couple of updates from Tennessee Tech. A rendering of the new residence hall was published in the local paper last week. This new building will be more than just another dorm; it'll include "innovation space" where residents will collaborate on engineering and technology stuff (things I can't begin to comprehend). It'll be located on the east side of Willow Ave where some married student housing buildings used to be and which is now a gravel parking lot. It's outlined in purple in the map below. The new engineering building, which should get started soon, will be located in the area in yellow. Unfortunately, this means that Sherlock Park will no longer be. However, a new park will be built in the field between the BFAC and the president's house, outlined in green. In addition, the university is about to embark on an ambitious plan to make the campus more friendly to pedestrians. Most of Peachtree Avenue and West 10th Street will be reworked into large pedestrian paths and closed to vehicles. Dixie Ave will be reduced from 4 to 2 lanes with wider sidewalks and a grassy median with trees. Similar improvements will be made to Stadium Drive and University Drive. At some point, the intersection of 8th St and Dixie Ave is going to be remade into a roundabout with an attractive art feature in the middle. Lord I hope they don't use the same charlatan who did Stix in Nashville.
  9. And Montréal. I can now fly to French cities such as Marseille, Bordeaux, Nice, Nantes, Mulhouse, Toulouse, and Lyon from Nashville with just one stop in YUL.
  10. Aphena is adding a new line to package covid vaccines which means another 100 jobs. Vice President Eric Allen said the company has temperature controlled technology to keep vaccines chilled for shipping. “We do not manufacture those products here, but we are what’s called a packager,” Allen said. “So, we actually put them all together. We label the products. We certify the products. We put them in the special kits that the doctors need or the hospital needs, and then, we will ship those out to distribution centers.” https://newstalk941.com/aphena-adds-vaccine-packaging-to-cookeville-expansion/
  11. Now some of the industrial/commercial stuff around town that have added quite a few jobs. Hörmann (pronounced "Herman") is a German garage door company which opened a factory just south of town in White County adjacent to the regional airport. Aphena Pharma Solutions, a home-grown company established 30 years ago to package pharmaceuticals, is spending $21 million to renovate the old Russell Stove factory. At 500,000 square feet and with all the refrigeration already installed for an former candy factory, they'll add cold chain storage and biologic packaging as well as a couple hundred more jobs. Portobello America, a Brazilian tile company, is going to build a $150 million facility just off I-40 west of Cookeville in Baxter. They hope to get shovels in the ground this spring which I assume means any day now. They have an office in Cookeville right now. The facility will be a tile manufacturing plant but also their US headquarters with something like 220 jobs. Government contractor SAIC is expanding again, having just taken out another $1 million permit to renovate additional space in the Regions building downtown. Regions is now relegated to a small office in the back of the building, while SAIC has pretty much taken over the rest of the building. They came to town a couple of years ago and said they'll have 300 IT workers here within 5 years, and they're almost at that level now. TTI Floor Care, the parent company of Hoover, Dirt Devil, Ryobi, and Milwaukee Tools and which acquired Oreck a couple of years ago, is spending $20 million to expand its manufacturing plant in Cookeville to add a tool line. This expansion will bring 500 more jobs.
  12. Is it really going to have a Safeway? The only Safeway locations east of the Mississippi are in the DC-Baltimore corridor.
  13. Nashville could still be affected. Its status as a metropolitan area of course is secure. But since areas that don't meet the threshold of 385 homes per square mile could be dropped from the urban area boundaries, the population of Nashville's urban area (not to be confused with the metropolitan area) could decrease, or at the minimum, the number of square miles covered by Nashville's urban area could shrink as less dense neighborhoods are removed from the urban area boundaries. Metropolitan areas use county boundaries and don't care about urban areas other than the core/central city (which in Nashville's MSA are Nashville, Franklin, and Murfreesboro), not urban area boundaries, as long as the core urban area has a population of (right now) 50,000. Rural counties with 0 urban areas can still be part of a metropolitan area if there are enough commuting patterns between the two counties (ie Trousdale County). I agree that it's a stretch for someone in, say, Woodbury to say he lives in the "Nashville metropolitan area" but technically he's right since probably half of Cannon County works in Rutherford County. Nashville's metropolitan area population is (2019) just shy of 2 million. But its urban area population (2018) is about 1.1 million. That latter number is the one that is in question right now. I know that's all very confusing, and I don't know if I explained it very well.
  14. The feds are toying around with changing the parameters of what constitutes a metropolitan area and also what's considered an urban area. Right now, a metropolitan area needs to have a core urban area of 50,000, but they're considering upping that to 100,000. If so, that means Tennessee will lose 3 metropolitan areas: Jackson, Cleveland, and Morristown. I could see Cleveland being folded into Chattanooga's MSA (which might happen anyway), but that means Jackson and Morristown would be downgraded to micropolitan status, and Cookeville would remain a micropolitan area. But what could affect Nashville is the proposed new definition of an urban area. Right now, the threshold is 500 residents per square mile. They're proposing changing that to 385 housing units per square mile which would equal around 1,000 residents. Given that a large chunk of Nashville's urban area includes some very sprawly neighborhoods out in the country, there's a very real possibility that the population of Nashville's urban area could actually decrease. Of course, Nashville wouldn't be the only one to potentially see its urban population shrink. Atlanta would also be hard hit, as would most Sunbelt cities that grew up in the post-automobile era. https://apnews.com/article/wisconsin-bismarck-census-2020-north-dakota-sheboygan-ad77e15f0f8cd13b8e398d2ca8339ca7
  15. Now for some of the housing developments going up around town. This is a new neighborhood of bungalows just a couple of blocks east of the courthouse square and overlooking a 9-hole, 1930s-era golf course. There are 75 of these bungalows plus a new apartment building under construction in the background. They're selling for around $280k. Greystone is a new development that's notable for a couple of reasons. It's the first one in Cookeville being developed by a national home builder. It's also the first one I'm aware of where people are buying the homes barely after dirt has moved . There will be only 60 homes in this development (which is a lot for Cookeville) and of the dozen or so under construction, most have already sold. McCulley Farms is a smaller development--only 17 lots--but, like Greystone above, they're targeting buyers with deep pockets. The homes that have already sold have gone for over $700k which is a fortune for Cookeville. Just down the road is another new neighborhood called The Cottages. The plat shows 48 lots. The dozen or so that have already sold have started in the mid $300's which seems pricy to me. Just west of town at the "Baxter Crossroads" (Hwy 70 & Hwy 56) is D. R. Horton's other development, but this one is their "affordable" subsidiary. I think I read that they're supposed to be in the mid $200's. There are 80 homes planned here, and they're still doing the grading and site prep. The 6 acres that front Hwy 70 (where I'm standing) are also part of the development but are to be commercial. No idea what kind of commercial. Up on Buck Mountain just east of town is Plantation View, 30 lots with homes starting in the $300s and some which have sold for over $600k. It's outside the city limits, hence those wretched overhead wires. The Reserve at the Country Club is 118 homes starting in the $200s. It's across the street from the TTU golf course. It's also located on the 4-mile paved bike/walking trail that connects downtown Cookeville to downtown Algood. They're prepping 101 more lots for Phase II. Another development outside the city limits. 49 homes starting in the low $200s. Cabot Lane, just 16 lots in this pocket subdivision off Bunker Hill Road. A 30-lot development on the west side of town, prices in the low $300s. Just around the corner from the above is a 52-lot development. Sorry for the picture of all those culverts. It's supposed to be "affordable" housing which means prices no higher than the mid $200s. And now some of the multi-family developments. Many/Most of these are infill or replacements of dilapidated structures. This first one is for low income seniors, Buffalo Valley Road. Additional buildings will be added, and when the campus is fully built out it'll connect to Cane Creek Park. Some nice apartments almost ready along Dry Valley Road. Some townhouses, almost finished, where an old self-service car wash used to be on 10th Street. There are 29 townhouses in this development at the corner of Washington Ave & Jere Whitson Rd. More townhouses getting started on 10th Street in a sliver lot between some student apartments and a little strip mall which includes CVS, Dollar General, and a couple of restaurants. Some nice infill on Stevens Street where some run-down houses used to be. Cross Pointe, 36 units located on South Maple (aka Old Sparta Road), starting in the low $300s. Downton North, 19 units across from the original Downton condo development (45 units) on East Spring Street. Sixty apartments about to get started next to Upperman High School. And finally, some townhouses are almost finished that replaced some very run-down houses just a couple of blocks west of TTU. And speaking of TTU, the new science building looks sharp and is open for business. It was built where a huge parking lot and TTU's original football stadium used to be located.
  16. OK. I guess my post wasn't very clear. I was referring to the three airlines that have been expanding rapidly at BNA, not the three airlines that currently fly BNA-LGA.
  17. ??? Spirit, Southwest, and Allegiant have been expanding like crazy at BNA. Delta hasn't and apparently can't compete. That's what I was talking about. What does American Eagle have to do with it?
  18. Good golly, Spirit has been at BNA since just October 2019, and this will make 11 nonstop destinations it'll serve from Nashville and the 4th airline to fly BNA-LGA. Between Spirit, Southwest, and Allegiant, no wonder Delta gave up trying to make Nashville a focus city.
  19. Some updates in Cookeville. Construction on the shopping center on 10th Street @ Old Kentucky Road is supposed to start this week. These are the latest plans I've seen which still don't mention the anchor, but it's going to be a Food City (the first in Middle Tennessee) that the Food City president said will be one of their "upscale" stores with a Starbucks, a brick oven pizzeria, café, and more high end products than in a typical Food City. The building in Lot 3 sure looks like it has a drive-thru. The Food City gas pumps are on the right. The developer is going to pay to widen 10th Street from its current 3 lanes to 5 and 6 lanes from Old Kentucky Road to Hwy 111 which is just outside of the picture. Its location: And here's the site as seen from Old Kentucky Road. In other retail news, Nashville's V3 Realty is proposing an addition to the Willow Bend shopping center at the corner of Willow and Jackson. The Starbucks shown in the parking lot is under construction. Cookeville's new police HQ is coming along. Cookeville's police department has never had a home of its home; it's currently located in the basement of the Cookeville Performing Arts Center. Here are renderings of the finished product. The new, full-service Holiday Inn is slowly taking shape on South Willow Ave. I'm guessing they're in no hurry to open. Meanwhile, part of what used to be Holiday Inn is being demolished to make way for a Hilton Home2 Suites. The rest of the former Holiday Inn is and will remain a Quality Inn and a Super 8. I I've not seen any renderings of the finished product. On the chain restaurant front, Texas Roadhouse is under construction and has gone up almost overnight. It's on "Restaurant Row" in front of the Shoppes at Eagle Point shopping center (Publix, Academy Sports, Ross, ULTA, et al). If I have time tomorrow, I might drive around and take pictures of some of the housing developments taking shape. They're all over the place. In the meantime, Site Selection Magazine has ranked Cookeville as having the bests-performing economy among the state's 17 micropolitan areas and 21st out of the country's 543 micropolitan areas. https://siteselection.com/issues/2021/mar/2020-top-micropolitans-the-nations-top-performing-micropolitan-areas-unmask-opportunities-in-tough-times.cfm
  20. The Distressed Communities Index (DCI) is designed to provide a single, holistic, and comparative measure of economic well-being across communities throughout the United States. It combines seven complementary economic indicators into a single summary statistic that conveys each community’s standing relative to its peers. The 2020 edition of the DCI is built from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Estimates covering the years 2014-2018 and the Census Bureau’s Business Patterns datasets for the same years. The methodology includes the percentage of 25+ without a high school diploma, housing vacancy rate, adults not working, the poverty rate, median income ratio, 5-year change in employment, and 5-year change in business establishments. Counties are ranked: prosperous, comfortable, mid-tier, at risk, and distressed. Not surprisingly, the only counties in Tennessee ranked as prosperous are all in the Nashville MSA and Montgomery County, and Moore County (Lynchburg) where I think the entire county works at the Jack Daniels distillery (I'm half-joking). And with only 2 exceptions, all the counties ranked as comfortable are in other metropolitan areas. The two exceptions are Franklin County (Winchester and Sewanee) and Putnam County (Cookeville). https://eig.org/dci/interactive-map?view=county
  21. Did Delta really ever do anything in BNA to actually make it a focus city? They announced it with great fanfare but then did nothing. In the meantime, Southwest and, especially, Allegiant have continued to expand here like crazy. Since Delta had trans-Atlantic flights to non-focus cities (ie Indianapolis) pre-covid, there's no reason to think that BNA can't still be on their radar.
  22. I think it's important to remember that the current BNA terminal was built to accommodate American's hub, where most passengers were just passing through. I believe American had concourses C and D (the old concourse D which was for all the little puddle jumpers flying to places like Owensboro, Cape Girardeau, and Tupelo). The ticketing area and baggage claim weren't designed for more than just a handful of airlines, and they certainly weren't designed for 20 million O&D travelers. It is exciting to see BNA transforming before our very eyes into a world-class airport with nonstop flights to all corners of the US and many international destinations.
  23. I don't agree that Nashville's airport feels smaller than airports in its peer cities. I was in Cincinnati's airport recently, and it was just sad. Soaring ceilings, big wide hallways, but hardly any people. About the only peer cities to Nashville who have busier airports are Salt Lake, Charlotte, and Orlando. Otherwise, Nashville's airport is busier than Austin, Raleigh-Durham, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, St Louis, Indianapolis, New Orleans, San Antonio, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Columbus, Memphis, Birmingham, Sacramento. Nashville was just behind Portland OR's airport pre-pandemic but surpassed it during the pandemic.
  24. Whataburger used to be in Nashville. As donNdonelson2 posted back in November when this was first announced, here's the former 1970s Whataburger near RiverGate (now a florist):
  25. Hmm, yes, there's a volcano just a few miles from Austin and a stone's throw from the Austin airport. An extinct volcano. But a volcano nonetheless. https://texashillcountry.com/pilot-knob-largest-extinct-volcano-remaining-in-central-texas/
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