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  1. Project Thread/New Construction/Photo du jour/Const. CAMs

    In terms of skyline, I'd say we sit comfortably somewhere between Louisville, KY and the big Ohio cities (Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus). New Orleans is pretty similar in terms of skyline but kills us on street level. St Louis is probably our closest equivalent, IMHO. Kansas City dwarfs us.
  2. 3-16-2017 Construction Fire Downtown

    My estranged wife (and routinely my two young children) live on the 3rd floor of the Glen Royall Mills building out in Wake Forest. This incident has been an eye-opener that hit home about the reality of the dangers of having upwards of fifty to a hundred kitchens jammed into these wood framed or structured buildings. I have to admit I've been plagued with anxiety every second my kids have been over there since.
  3. Project Thread/New Construction/Photo du jour/Const. CAMs

    ^^^I think I may have been out of the loop for a while, but can someone clarify what that building going up north of Westin is? Is that Cambria? If so, do we know how close to topped out it is? Maybe it's just because I haven't been in town for a few months, but it seems like that went up damn near overnight! EDIT- also...holy cranes, batman!
  4. Happening now, this is really insane to watch. The news article says it started with an apartment building under construction at the corner of North and West streets and has spread to surrounding buildings. I actually watched the construction crane collapse not long ago. Posting as I'm sure people here will be watching this closely and this is a good place for those curious for information on what buildings are being affected. EDIT- Spatula and I must have clicked post at almost the exact same time. A moderator can feel free to close this thread since only one is needed (I can't figure out how to?)
  5. Project Thread/New Construction/Photo du jour/Const. CAMs

    Love the impact Westin makes from that angle
  6. Nashville Bits and Pieces

    This is something that has really stood out to me since I recently moved to North Carolina. Virtually every exit here, at least along 40 has landscaped exits, or at very least, the exits are fully wooded, rather than being mowed down to grass. This is especially nice for people that live off these exits as often you can't even tell the interstate is there. Of course, nice things come at a cost , overall taxes are a bit higher here. But by the same token, it doesn't seem to me like it would be cheap to bulldoze everything for a square mile before putting in new exits.
  7. Anybody know what's being built on walnut st right by the corner of Macedonia rd? Looks like a church but there's no signage or info online that I can find. Just curious. Edit- nevermind, got confirmation on city data that it's going to be an secu bank. Boo.
  8. Project Thread/New Construction/Photo du jour/Const. CAMs

    I used to cross this bridge on a daily basis when I lived in Old Hickory Village. Renovations on that thing had it reduced to one lane both ways and seemed like it was never going to end. I've been in NC now since October, did they ever wrap it up?
  9. Durham City Center Tower

    Just found this. States construction was set to begin Feb 15. Anyone in Durham able to confirm if any activity has begun on this?
  10. JW Marriott - 385' - 34 Floors

    Yeah, it was a really neat effect. And when it went back to real time they looked like a couple of looming robot dinosaurs. Great video, everyone should really check it out.
  11. The Westin Music City - 27 Floors/320', 452 Rooms

    ^^^ The reflections on Gulch Crossing line up just right with the Eakin building to create a neat optical illusion, making it seem pic. I'm sure it's been stated before, but how much higher can we expect this baby to go? It's really gearing up to have a significant impact on our skyline. Also, who else is eagerly anticipating structural hints of the "waterfall of death" as we're watching this thing go up?
  12. Nashville Bits and Pieces

    I agree the secondary lego is far superior to the "flaming thumbtack" (which is a good descriptor). I don't like the thumbtack logo because it doesn't really convey anything. I mean...what is it? It does nothing to convey the idea of an "Athenian soldier", much less the mythological Titans the team is named after. It's really a lost opportunity for a motif that could have been inspired by the Greek soldier look. I hear Titans and I think of stylizations of hoplite helmets or round shields or even temple columns or a million other things before what we actually have. I mean, we have the potential to be one of the most visually unique and cool franchises in the league, but, as it is, its just vague and un-intriguing. And to top it all of, our mascot is a raccoon. I mean seriously?? My gripe with the baby blue is that, psychologically, that is a color associated with babies in onesies. It's just the opposite of menacing or tough looking in my opinion. Anyway, not trying to beat a dead horse, just had to put my two-cents in on the topic.
  13. Nashville Bits and Pieces

    All I will say is that hopefully with new ownership (and legitimate staffing, if it ever happens) should come a complete RE-BRANDING. For almost the entirety of this teams existence the seasons have ranged from disappointing to mediocre. Get rid of the god-awful, eggshell baby-blue colors, the confusing logo, basically everything that reminds us of the team's existence post McNair fizzing out. I don't mind keeping the Titans name or the historical element behind it, but I just can't see anyone ever being excited again by the franchise in it's current form, which is essentially a constant reminder of embarrassment and failure.
  14. West End Summit

    I literally LOLed at this
  15. CBD/SoBro/RutledgeHill/Rolling Mill Hill Projects

    I dunno, both of these buildings were looking severely dated and depressed with the fading, beige concrete. Personally, I think the Sheraton looks way better now, especially looking from the Capitol Mall vantage point. It's not like that building was an architectural gem anyway and it takes at least 20 years off the age of the building. Hell, if I were to be completely honest, I'd have to say all the concrete on the batman tower looks pretty dated now, too. Anyway, coupled with the updates coming to the UBS building, this renovation should do a lot to help smooth the stark contrast in architecture between the cbd and the shiny, squeeky clean new development quickly rising in sobro and the gulch.