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  1. So I think it is actually a combination of all three: education, engineering, and enforcement (and by this I not only mean scooters breaking the law, but perhaps more importantly cars). I hear your point - if you have fantastic safely engineered roads for all users, providing safe and protected travel to wherever they want to go, the vast majority should use it without needing additional education. You are also correct that we have massive safety problems with our roads. The issue is that we are not going to magically and immediately have connected safe infrastructure. Also, some of our existing infrastructure needs an educational component - most people (cars and bikes and scooters) don't even know what a bike box is, why it exists, etc. I have run into numerous scooters riding the wrong way up a one-way protected bike lane. The vast majority of people who seem to be commuting follow the rules of the road. We have all seen the tourists downtown trying to do tricks/jump curbs in traffic/etc. It is a novelty experience. I will say that my suggestion about a mandatory class had much less do to with the actual education and much more to do with filtering out "serious" riders from novelty riders.
  2. My understanding is that the data show a wide variety of users, and that the vast majority are not tourists (it is a pretty even mix). I think there are probably ways of structuring the requirements to discourage or stop tourists from using them. Most of the problems occur with occasional or first time users and over 30% of injuries occur on a rider's first trip. One option is to ban individual rentals and require a minimum one month rental agreement (either where they get the same scooter for a month or get unlimited rides on dockless). Another possibility is to require a mandatory 30 minute safety class that is specific to Nashville laws. This could presumably be added to a user's account with each of the companies, but would take a few days. Make the class free, give them a helmet, free doughnuts, and a free month of rides.
  3. Exactly. I think it is easy to say, "well, they should have crossed at a crosswalk," but it is important to remember that we have bus stops all over this city with no crosswalks within 100+ yards. Also, people get hit or nearly hit in crosswalks all the time - I certainly have no expectation that traffic will stop just because of some paint on the ground if there is no red light. Heck, I almost get hit all the time in crosswalks at red lights by cars viewing a right on red as a green arrow, blowing through the crosswalk and intersection. And on that note, it is illegal to turn right on red in Europe, unless it is specifically authorized at an intersection (this is pretty rare). While I think it cellphones and SUV's are certainly to blame for the US rise, I think there are lots of small decisions like this that have led to the declines in Europe. On top of this, I suspect the cell phone bans in European countries have a significant impact. The strange thing is, if you look state by state, the states with bans don't necessarily have the lowest pedestrian fatalities (i.e. phones are banned in California and Georgia and they are right near the top of the list in per capita pedestrian fatalities).
  4. Also, gas is much more expensive in Europe, which results in fewer auto trips and smaller cars. Our inflation adjusted gas prices have been dropping annually since about 2002, resulting in more trips by car and more purchases of larger automobiles. Larger suv’s are far more likely to result in pedestrian death when a crash occurs because they are set up so high. Also, I have no data here, but urban streets seem to be much narrower in Europe, which I would guess reduces auto speed and makes pedestrian crossings easier. It still seems like phones are a big factor, but people use phones in Europe too.
  5. Unless something has happened recently that I'm not aware of, Vanderbilt actually does not own the area on the map labeled Parking Lot 12F. That is owned by the Cathedral. Still a good amount of land, though.
  6. Because the tax rate dropped significantly as a result of the overall assessment amount going up. So if you lived in a 1.5 million dollar house in Belle Meade that was reassessed and 1.52 million, your taxes likely went down. If you lived in a $250,000 house in WeHo that was reassessed at 500,000 because of the land value, your taxes likely went up.
  7. No - it is only for existing construction, so as more residents move here and more gets built, we are allowed to collect additional revenue from new construction or in some cases a change in the use of a given property: State law requires that a Certified Tax Rate (CTR) be set after each mass reappraisal to prevent local governments from realizing a windfall in tax revenues because of a reappraisal. The law, also known as “The Truth in Taxation Law,” provides that the CTR must not raise more revenues on existing construction than in the prior tax year. Thereby being revenue neutral. Increased revenue is realized from “new” construction. Only in a reappraisal year does the Office of Assessments participate in establishing the CTR by providing critical data to the State of Tennessee to set a CTR that is approved by the Mayor and the Metropolitan Council.
  8. I also just saw a quote where he blamed the future next door restaurant not for the construction mistake (which would be understandable), but for opening at all because they are in the same business and shouldn’t be on the same street. Also criticized them for being a chain. This will be the fourth location of Ruby Sunshine. As far as I can count, Bob runs 11 bongo-affiliated restaurants.
  9. Which is amazing considering Bob Bernstein has made a ton of money on development projects including multifamily and tall and skinnies.
  10. There is a lot of talk from Cooper and JRC about protecting our neighborhoods. While I’m sure this plays well, and I’m in favor of building strong neighborhoods, this language has historically been code for anti-density/anti-development/anti-change. This makes me nervous about both. I will say that JRC seems like the only candidate who has the leadership/personality to push through major reforms like transit.
  11. Oh, I know they won’t stop it. Just complain incessantly and work to get resident only parking instituted. Even if the latter happens, tickets will be issued once/year.
  12. Biggest problem is people with no driveway who think they own the public spots in front of their house. Putting out cones, leaving nasty notes, etc.
  13. And if this is still planned to have Jay Pennington involved, they will be up in arms. This neighborhood hates Urban Grub for bad reasons (street parking) and good reasons (the sludge they were spilling onto the street for years).
  14. It is type 1 (owner occupied) if it is part of the same plat, even if it is a different structure. "Owner-occupied residence or on a lot with an owner-occupied residence." Maybe you both get this, but Paul, you are correct that you can't rent out both. There likely would still be a giant influx of airbnb's, though.
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