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  1. RonCamp

    West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    Anyone know what's going on with the Shur-Brite Car Wash at 17th and West End? It's closed and chained off as of this past weekend.
  2. Do we know what will go in the old museum space in the CBD once the new facility opens?
  3. My understanding is that it will not be a chain.
  4. Think signature restaurant for the food piece. It's a sizable portion of the GF but there is still room for multi-story "flagship" retail on the corner towards Broadway, IIRC.
  5. RonCamp

    West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    It is quite literally half the park. Are there any plans for them to hopefully fix the (entire) park up afterward to compensate? This is a major loss of space for such a long time, in such an important park in the area.
  6. RonCamp

    West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    Anyone know what's going on with the construction fencing currently going up around half of Tony Rose Park (between Hawkins St and Music Cir)?
  7. Construction fencing with wrap/images is up on the site.
  8. Thanks for posting this. I live in the Gulch and use 8th every day. As many, including me, have said before, when the only way to get around is via car, all you get is traffic. If you encourage other methods of transportation, people use them. Traffic and roads always suffer from induced demand; i.e. eventually, any lanes you have always fill up. That 8th Ave already has the "no turn lane, so the inner lanes become turn lanes" problem, this is an ideal corridor for a road diet. What kind of city do we want long-term? One where all you can do is drive? Or one where you have a variety of options for getting around? I prefer the latter.
  9. RonCamp

    Green Hills/Belle Meade Projects

    Word from multiple sources is that Crate and Barrel is coming, so stay tuned... From a more macro perspective, high-end malls like Green Hills have nothing to worry about for at least the next couple cycles. There is nowhere else for luxury brands that want to be in Nashville to go.
  10. Yes, exactly - downtown office buildings 20-30 years ago would typically have 1.0-2.0 spaces per 1,000 sf of office; nowadays there's no way you can get away with less than 3.5/1,000 at minimum. The office market demands parking, and your building will be at a disadvantage in leasing if you don't provide it.
  11. This is actually not true. Go to page 80 of the Downtown Code, accessible here: Parking Requirements • No parking is required within the boundary of the DTC.
  12. RonCamp

    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    I would argue that freedom to choose between various viable transportation modes to get you between your current location and desired destination - i.e. you could walk, bike, take BRT, take light rail, take a rideshare, or drive - would really represent freedom. If a private car is your only option for getting from Point A to Point B, well, that isn't really freedom at all.
  13. Didn't quote because there are several posts about this, but just to circle back on the 8th Avenue S discussion: The traffic counts are important to a degree, but it's really about a larger philosophical question - should this road be designed only for cars, or should it be designed for cars, bikes, and pedestrians? As it is currently designed, 8th Avenue S is designed only for cars. When roads are designed only for cars, they create congestion, because (a) car trips are forced, increasing traffic, as there is no safe way for people to walk or bike even if they wanted to, and (b) they serve to funnel people to developments farther down the road (think Brentwood, etc) which in turn creates more traffic. Conversely, if you design a street for cars, bikes, and people, more people that live in the area will choose to utilize the street for bike and foot trips instead, which reduce car traffic, and to the extent that vehicular traffic capacity is reduced, people will change their behaviors to either avoid the street by either driving less, taking their cars on other roads, utilizing other transportation modes, or by over time moving to areas that reduce their need to rely on the street in question for their driving trips. When you design places for cars and traffic, you get cars and traffic. When you design places for human beings on foot and on bikes, you get people walking and using their bikes. If we change 8th Avenue S to not exclusively serve cars but rather a broader segment of the mobility options available to us, more people will choose to use non-car options to get around.
  14. RonCamp

    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    Thank you for a great answer. If we're being honest, probably easier to pass the bill in its current (recently passed) form than to pass it without the sidewalk mandate but with the mandate for the four items you note above.