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  1. To clarify, the most vibrant areas I was referring to were typically filled with three to four story structures, not 10+.
  2. ^ You probably have more insight into this topic than most of us from your current vantage point in London. Similarly, my wife and I just returned from two weeks in Amsterdam, Brussels, and their surrounding neighbor cities (and will be sharing some musings from our experiences from time to time--stay tuned). In any of these cities, the most vibrant areas we encountered were consistently those with densely packed, low rise mixed use structures. Sure, the glistening high rise business districts were pretty to look at from a distance, but rarely had any compelling elements to contribute for someone who wasn't hurriedly rushing from one office meeting to another or wolfing down a sandwich from a streetside food cart. Most of the shiny concrete plazas around these areas were surely built with high aspirations, but appeared to be almost completely unutilized. Like most in this community, I too have often wished for a next "new tallest" and a glistening skyline. However, the more time I spend in places with actual vibrant streetscapes, the more my opinion trends in favor of shorter buildings and people-centered elements that actually get used.
  3. I love the density in this area. Trying to remember: do any of these hotels have retail spaces?
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    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    It's really neat to realize that Tennessee somehow managed to snag two separate World's Fairs in an era when an event of that stature really meant something. Our ease of mobility and interconnectedness today take away a lot of the magic surrounding the event, but it must have been quite a spectacle in generations past.
  5. I think the excavation is just to make the site level. There is a pretty steep slope on the northern end that is being excavated, but there doesn't seem to be much digging on the south side.
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    CBD/SoBro/RutledgeHill/Rolling Mill Hill Projects

    As bizarre as this sounds, I can't help but remember feeling the same skepticism when I first heard about the concept which is now Pinewood Social. They obviously blew that one out of the Bocce Ball court, so I expect this one will be met with similar wood-splitting success.
  7. I really hope the new hotel has a bar and they name it "Climax". I also think "Dream" sounds rather generic and that they should name the hotel "Utopia" as a nod to the original.
  8. There is obviously a certain romanticism associated with trains and proximity to railroad tracks, but this pedestrian green space being so close to those tracks will have an unfortunate unintended consequence. As someone who parks daily in "the pit", AKA the parking lot behind Union Station and the Flying Saucer, I can attest firsthand to the awful racket and screeching noises that come from this rail yard. Even while standing as far away as by the doors on the backside first floor of Cummins Station, the noise from the tracks is occasionally almost uncomfortably loud. It's not constant enough to be a complete detriment to the excellent green space included in this development, but I'm certain it will reduce the overall use of the space.
  9. Considering how many of our recent buildings have 30%+ of their floors dedicated to parking, the downside of having no parking is that there will be 30%+ more finished space to fill before financiers will consider it viable. I love the idea of moving away from our dedication to gratuitous parking everywhere, but we need to be realistic in that it won't automatically result in taller buildings. If anything, it is more likely to yield the opposite.
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    MSA South - Williamson & Rutherford Counties

    ^ Don't forget the time factor as well. The city began shopping around the idea of redeveloping the 5+B site back in 2013 when land values were much lower. I know this is tertiary to your point that the city should expect demand market value for their property, but it's at least slightly more sensible with pre-2018 land values.
  11. I share the sentiments above from @BnaBreaker in that the viaduct provides a very poor pedestrian experience which undoubtedly has some generally discouraging effect on pedestrian traffic. However, as I sit in my office overlooking Demonbreun, I decided to observe for a few moments to get an idea of the actual volume of foot traffic over a given period of time. Over the past ten minutes, I have observed nearly 100 individuals crossing between the Gulch and Downtown without the use of an automobile; approximately 90 on foot, ten via bicycle, and one random skateboard. It seems like there's always at least one pedestrian somewhere along the span at any given time. While my observations are hardly scientific and obviously skewed by the fact that it is a sunny Summer Friday afternoon, it is hardly a no-man's land.