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12Mouth last won the day on April 2 2014

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  1. Looks like Jersey Mikes backed out. Also, there is a bank going in as a separate building next door: https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/2309-8th-Ave-S-Nashville-TN/13050831/
  2. Will do. Could be a cool adaptive reuse project. Someone mentioned Vintage South being involved, but I have no info. Will try to make it to the meeting.
  3. From the 12South Facebook group: A meeting regarding the reuse of Greater Christ Temple Church at 2400 10th Ave S. will be held THIS TUESDAY, 2/25 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the church. Note the sanctuary of the church is protected under the Waverly-Belmont Neighborhood Conservation Zoning Overlay. This protection does not apply to the addition though.
  4. I don’t love or hate it, but don’t expect significant changes. There will be helpful retail for the neighborhood. I think phase two will be more popular visually.
  5. That is a lot of what I recall, but the criticisms were more widespread in my memory - I was at several of those meetings, including the one on West End where the woman said she didn't want "those people" coming to her neighborhood (i.e. whiny rich far West Ender). Honestly, the state basically shut it down before it moved towards implementation, but the Amp was already pretty unpopular (except in East Nashville) by that point. There were lots of reasons (that could all be replicated on any future single line): Parking eliminated, forced u-turns, travelling in the center instead of curb, "bus" instead of "train", not personally serving the individual needs of everyone in Nashville, etc. It is so much easier to find faults in any one specific plan (and even easier with a single line) than to mobilize people around it.
  6. Of course not. There are tons of pedestrians who make bad decisions every day. There are pedestrians that refuse to walk 10 yards to a signaled crossing. I just think that a lot of people make unsafe decisions because we are pushing them to make those decisions with our infrastructure and they are decisions that you or I would probably make if we were in the same situation. In those cases, the helpful answer is not, "well, that pedestrian made a bad decision," but instead, "wow - is our infrastructure here causing pedestrians to make bad decisions?" Many locations where pedestrians are hit making these insane crossings are at bus stops, and many areas, different people keep getting hit in the same places. I've never seen a problem solved by saying, "hey - that was a bad decision by a pedestrian." Now sometimes, the question is, "could infrastructure have made this better?" and the answer is no. Unfortunately, there are many areas of this city where we know people are getting hit over and over again and still haven't taken action. This is old, but it gets the point across (and we still haven't fixed most of them): https://www.walkbikenashville.org/impossible_crossings_transit If we want people to walk through our neighborhoods, we need to actively encourage it (and also stop cars from killing pedestrians). The numbers in the last two weeks alone are really troubling.
  7. I don’t really disagree with any of this. But I think that most pedestrians who are choosing to cross mid block instead of add 15 minutes to their journey are not stupid. Can you imagine if we required all cars getting off the freeway to turn right, drive for seven minutes, do a u turn and drive back for seven minutes instead of allowing a left turn? Every car would make an illegal left turn in that situation, which basically describes what we do to many who ride the bus every day. Focusing on the fault of a pedestrian who is making the same decision that most people would make in the exact same situation is not helpful. Asking what we can do to stop these deaths from happening is helpful (and the answer is not telling people to stop crossing or wear brighter clothing).
  8. Many pedestrian deaths are mid block crossings. The one last week was someone who had just been dropped off by the bus and was crossing Gallatin. But, in order to cross at a crosswalk, she would have needed to backtrack for several blocks and then walked back, which adds something like half a mile to her trip. The vast majority of people would jaywalk in this situation. So if we actually want people to walk/bike and take transit (which is a more efficient way of moving people around the city), we should build infrastructure that supports this. Allowing a building like this to have auto ingress/egress that is so blatantly hostile to pedestrians seems to contradict the city’s ultimate goals.
  9. Like many politicians, I think that Cooper is more a reflection of where many in Nashville sit right now than anything else. He did not just get elected by the SOF folks - a lot of people on both sides of the aisle voted for him and those votes came out of a place of a place of anger and fear (we must protect our neighborhoods...from DOWNTOWN and PEOPLE MOVING HERE and DEVELOPMENT). Actually running the city is, of course, more difficult than selling a campaign brand. If he seriously screws up the soccer deal, he'll have a whole lot of angry people on his hands. He is also in a lose/lose situation regarding the tax hike (I don't think he'll be capable of funding education or other city needs at the levels he has promised without eventually raising taxes).
  10. I think you are correct. And this would not need a referendum. If the line from Centennial happens, I suspect Vanderbilt would be willing to kick in, and perhaps some others adjacent to the line (Amazon?). The rest could be funded by tourist taxes (hotel, rental car) and a special sales tax increase downtown). With all of the vitriol against tourists, I think a message of “make the tourists pay for transit” could be quite popular and it could fit neatly into Mayor Cooper’s brand.
  11. I think part of the problem is the simple up down vote on a single plan. This is probably not legal right now, but I suspect a ranked choice vote for a referendum on 4 or 5 different plans would have a better outcome. Everyone wants something to be done on transit and it is much harder to attack 5 plans at the same time. Have a big plan, a small plan, and 3 in between plans.
  12. I hope I'm wrong, but I'll be shocked if we get anything more than a modest increase in non-dedicated ROW bus service.
  13. I don't know if the loop will actually go up broadway or if there will be a different bike/ped connection to Phase 1. Here is a conceptual drawing of what the loop might look like on 21st (presumably replacing the parking spots inside of the gate), headed from West End towards the Aertson.
  14. Yeah - agreed. Makes functional sense and isn't terrible on the outside. This design isn't completely finalized, but I can't imagine there will be major changes at this point. My understanding is that if and when the demand is demonstrated for additional housing, it would be between 20th and 21st. Everything is still in flux - likely, there will be some sort of academic and/or administrative building over there, some green space, potentially a transit hub, and changes along 21st to make the "village" feel more connected to campus.
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