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

    I know it's a few years old, but what a spectacular backdrop:
  2. CBD/SoBro/RutledgeHill/Rolling Mill Hill Projects

    Lifestyle Communities SoBro (11 and 6 stories, 650 units) preliminary work underway. Core drilling, etc. Looking east from 3rd Ave. South 1/2 block south of Elm St: Signs going up around the large site. Much of this had been free parking for 3rd & Lindsley Nightclub. No more. My guess this lot will become the staging area for Phase I (the 11 story tower to the west). Looking north from Ash St., 1/2 block west of 2nd Ave. South:
  3. The backside addition. Looking west from top of parking garage at 3rd Ave. North and Printers Alley: Looking NW from top of parking garage at 3rd Ave. North and Printers Alley:
  4. West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    Vanderbilt School of Nursing addition (5 stories) update. Topped out. Looking west from 21st Ave. South, 1/2 block south of Scarritt Place:
  5. 915 Monroe (3 stories, 17 townhomes) update. First set topped-out. Looking SW from intersection of Monroe and 9th Ave. North:
  6. Repurposed/revitalized historical buildings in Nashville

    As the revitalization of Buchanan St. in North Nashville continues, I would love to see this odd shaped structure at 105 Buchanan get reimagined. Built in 1920, this two story brick beauty has 5,490 sq. ft. of space.
  7. Project Thread/New Construction/Photo du jour/Const. CAMs

    From "Welcome to Nashville" video, Nov. 2017:
  8. City Lights, 7 Stories, 71 condos, restaurant

    Up to 5th floor on south end, 6th floor on north end. Looking NE from intersection of Lea and Rutledge St: Looking NE from Rutledge Ave., just north of intersection with Lea: Looking SE from Rutledge St., 1/2 block south of Peabody: Looking south from Shell parking lot behind Rutledge St., 1/2 block south of Peabody: Looking SW from Peabody St, 1/2 block east of Hermitage Ave:
  9. Twelfth & Wedgewood (4 stories, 175 units) update. Looking south from Argly Ave, 1/4 block east of 12th Ave. South:
  10. Lifestyle Communities Germantown (6 and 4 stories, 450 units, retail) update. Retail frontage starting to take shape at NW corner of 2nd Ave. South and Madison St:
  11. The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    I found this very reasoned plea by Jeff Yarbro on Facebook last night: I’m going to vote FOR the #LetsMoveNashville plan. Wanted to share my reasons and encourage you to early vote between today and next Thursday (Apr. 26) or on Election Day, Tuesday May 1. Our city is dramatically under-invested in transportation infrastructure right now. Almost no comparable city – that we aspire to emulate – is as far behind on transit as Nashville. The plan’s biggest problem is that it is a decade late – we’ve waited until land prices have gone up and traffic has gotten out of control before taking this step. This is ambitious, but responsible. And when you look at state/city numbers, people living here will continue having lower taxes and public debt burden than people who live in almost any major American city. My family will have to pay an extra nickel and eventually an extra dime each time we spend $10 on goods/services in Nashville. Lots of people will spend more on parking downtown tonight than they would spend in transit-dedicated sales taxes over a period of months. Many people won’t notice the increase – and for families struggling the most, it’s important to remember that the IMPROVE Act actually lowered the sales tax on food by one cent and the plan’s reduced fares will benefit them the most. The improvements will be more notable than the costs. It will allow us to dramatically improve service immediately – and in a way that’s not in competition with schools or other priorities. It’s financially irresponsible over the long run to fund transit out of the annual budget instead of w/ dedicated revenue. The only interesting challenge I’ve heard to the plan is that it doesn’t do enough to address regional transportation. But here’s the problem. If you’re Rutherford or Sumner County, getting your citizens to the county line or to downtown won’t cut it. There has to be a system that lets them get where they need to go once they’re here. If we had enacted this plan a decade ago, we could be addressing that next step-challenge. But better mobility along the big corridors and downtown isn’t an alternative to regional transit – it’s a prerequisite. Most of the “transit alternatives” you’ve heard about are really “alternatives to transit.” Opponents have talked about express toll lanes, double-decker highways, fleets of autonomous vehicles. First, more cars aren’t the way to solve the problem. Second, all of these so-called alternatives are illegal, technologically unproven or unavailable, and/or prohibitively expensive for Nashville. Third, these ideas weren’t intended to help or they would have been raised at some point in the decade-long discussion we’ve had as a city rather than on the eve of Early Vote. And that’s the thing. There are unquestionably citizens with skepticism or honest questions and folks who in good faith want to go a different way. But the professional opposition (the ones paying the bills) are the same people that were against the IMPROVE Act last year. They didn’t want Nashville to have the right to hold this referendum. They didn’t even want to invest money in fixing our roads like 440, and they sure as hell don’t want to spend money on transit. They claimed to be against the Amp because it was too small and too focused on buses; they claim to be against this because it’s too big and too focused on trains. And they’ll be against the next referendum too for whatever reason is convenient at the time. People in Nashville know we have to do something about traffic. The opposition – though disingenuously – even acknowledges that. Is this plan perfect? No. No plan is. Will this plan make the city better? I think the clear answer to that question is yes. Whether it’s old people approaching retirement, young people moving to the city, professionals who don’t want to spend half their day finding parking, a bartender who doesn’t want to spend half their pay on parking, or someone just trying to find a job or a degree; we need to be a city where a high quality of life is not dependent on owning a car. For those of us who will stay in our cars, we need more people out of our way. No one says this will be a panacea for congestion, but congestion will not get better on its own. Waiting until it is more crippling and more expensive is dumb, and we’re not a dumb city. Whatever you do, think about the plan and vote on its merits. Don’t vote Against as a protest vote in opposition to Nashville’s growth. We can’t stop the growth or pretend it’s not happening. Don’t vote Against as a “statement” about whether Nashville’s growth has been equitable enough. It hasn’t been, and that statement won’t change anything. For me, I’m voting For Transit because I think we have to be intentional about the way the city is growing, and I think this makes smart choices rather than just letting the future happen to us. I’m voting For Transit because I think affordable housing over the long term is a pipe dream without it. I’m voting For Transit, because the status quo is unsustainable, and this is a gigantic and long overdue step in the right direction. I hope you’ll consider a Yes or “For” vote on the transit referendum.
  12. Indeed, it is open as of today. Everything pretty functional, except for rooftop restuarant featuring the big bus. They think that might be open by May 1st. When we do our May Meet-Up, we can walk over (just 4 blocks away) afterwards to get a tour. More pics coming soon.
  13. The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    The dark money influencing the negative views on the Transit vote. Metropolitik: Dark Days in the Transit Debate Who is funding opposition to the transit plan? We may never know.
  14. More Accolades for Nashville

    Global hotel research company STR has released a report on the state of the industry and in which various figures show that Nashville’s hotel industry continues to perform at very high levels, and that the outlook for the future remains very bright. Some screen shots from the report below. The whole report is here: