12Mouth

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  1. 12Mouth

    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    “Meanwhile, their friends in Tennessee pay about $500 a year in property taxes on a much more expensive home with a swimming pool.” Where could this be possible? I don’t doubt people are moving here for lower taxes, but who is paying $500/year on a $300,000 house?
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    Yes, but unless they move the lanes to inside of the cars, I don't see how they will do this. My guess is that they may create a few areas without street parking?
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    There are literally trucks blocking the Belmont bike lane right in that area every single morning. I ride it every day. They are making some design changes to the lanes, including some "key areas of protected lanes", but I'm not optimistic.
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    I agree and this could be helpful. But Metro also needs to provide designated areas to park them and safer places to ride.
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    Well yes, you might be correct on that last point, unfortunately. I just don’t think the scooters are the problem and I see people making poor choices in cars (and on bikes and foot) every day. On my ride home today I probably saw ten scooters, none wearing helmets, but all following the law, riding in bike lanes. Really a great way to get around if people have safe options and follow the rules.
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    Understood, but they didn't launch in Indianapolis until June, so you would have missed them. They were absolutely everywhere in June until they were kicked out. I'm just saying that ticketing scooter riders will probably not work very well, so we can choose to either embrace them, through some combination of regulation, enforcement, and infrastructure build out, reluctantly live with them while they fly down the sidewalk, or kick them out. Our grid is certainly more challenging than Indy's, but we also choose to give cars a lot of space (either for parking or driving). I think that giving cars this much space, particularly for street parking, is a poor use of resources.
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    I think this could have a marginal effect, but so many riders seem to be tourists (and likely first time riders with no clue) that I'm skeptical that this will help significantly. Maybe if they are just downtown and are really loud about the ticketing? But they would need to be doing this constantly and indefinitely. As I have said before, infrastructure is the solution. I was in downtown Indianapolis before they temporarily banned Lime and Bird and everyone (literally all demographics kids to senior citizens) was riding these on the protected multi use paths that they have all over the city (which run parallel to sidewalks all over downtown). I was walking all over the city and never felt threatened as a pedestrian. In areas where multi use paths did not exist, the sidewalks were super wide to accommodate. I'm sure we have significantly higher pedestrian density in certain areas, but maybe we need wide scooter/bike lanes protected by planters on Broadway. The more infrastructure we can create to make it easy for scooter riders, the more we can contain them. Regarding parking/blocking sidewalks, here is a bill amendment idea - what if we create street parking areas for bikes and scooters around the city in key spots and require sharing companies to add a parking surcharge of a few bucks to all riders in certain areas (particularly downtown) that don't choose to park in one of the designated areas? You could apply the charge as soon as they are within a certain geofenced area, and the tech is there to show that you are in a designated parking area (i.e. scan a code on the ground with the app to trigger the refund). I think that if the price was right to properly incentivize, people would park in the proper area and walk a block to save a few bucks. I haven't fully thought this through, so I await your constructive criticism.
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    I don't think this problem is ever going to be solved by enforcement alone (and perhaps not enforcement at all). People are riding on the sidewalk because they don't feel safe riding in the street. If we somehow force them to ride in the street, cars will start getting pissed off. We have an infrastructure problem that hasn't really existed before. Nashville has cyclists (I am one) and bikeshare riders, but there really aren't enough of us to cause a major headache for motorists or pedestrians. The positive changes that Nashville has made over the past few years have been nice, but don't seem to be driven by current demand. E-bikes and scooters will completely change this equation, and people will start getting injured if we don't radically re-think the use of public space and design protected and dedicated areas for sub 15mph transportation options all over the USD. As soon as we do that, (most) riders will get off the sidewalks.
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    Soccer in Nashville

    I’m amazed at the disorganization of the anti soccer crowd. I got a mailing from them the day after the last vote telling me to show up the day before. It told me to contact my councilperson and subsequently listed the wrong councilperson. And Glover Isn’t even sure about the council email?
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    West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    The village has not been designed, but the location is going to be where the picture shows it to be above. The student survey results showing that they want a grocery store and coffee shop is here: https://www.vanderbilt.edu/futurevu/gradprofstudenthousing.php. This does not mean that any of this has been determined, only that this is what the students want.
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    West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    They really need grad and professional housing badly and I think that it is a good decision. It is quite unusual that VU has never offered this previously. Most competitors do and Nashville got away with the, "cheap cost of living" argument for a long time. Now, they are actively losing grad and professional students as a result of the increased cost of living in Nashville. Students are also living further away from campus as a result of this and contributing to and suffering from our traffic problems. Also, Vanderbilt is actively trying to get students out of cars and will be eliminating a lot of parking in the coming years. Part of the grad/housing campus may include a midtown transit center. There will be greenspace, but the buildings could also be quite urban. Publicly released information shows that students surveyed want mixed use, namely a grocery store of some sort and perhaps other retail. I'm excited to see what happens here.
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    West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    VU has publicly announced that they are building a graduate housing village in that area. There is no design, yet, but they are going about the project planning in the right way and have good people involved. The ultimate project will fit into the neighborhood.
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    West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    Indeed. With the thought going into this particular project, I am confident most of you will really like what happens here.
  14. 12Mouth

    West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    Possibly, but eventually graduate/prof housing village. https://www.vanderbilt.edu/futurevu/transformativeprojects.php (scroll down to graduate village)
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    Good news. They should do this throughout the entire USD. I have seen cars sit in meters by Vanderbilt for literally months without being ticketed. Let's just end free parking everywhere is the USD and let the company put in meters (at their expense) on every street.