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  1. AronG

    West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    Is this serious? Is it really possible to change a building's basic massing like that without tearing it down?
  2. Man I hope they're able to get something going with the abandoned church at 1700 fatherland. I looked at the property website and it apparently sold for $290K last time, which is insane considering that the houses next door are going for $700K. I heard the cost to bring it up to code is the problem, along with with having to deal with anti-development pushback. In the meantime we have a big rotting building down the street. My kids do like to play on the huge stairwell though. Wow, it's going to be funny if this business model works and empty lots around EN start filling up with fancy trailer homes. Hard to imagine it's a good urban-friendly typology, but I guess it's better than empty space.
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    CBD/SoBro/RutledgeHill/Rolling Mill Hill Projects

    I think there's a lot we can learn from Atlanta (and our other southern big siblings like Dallas, Houston, etc.). Sure they're decades ahead of us, but that's the point. I've gotten kind of addicted, for example, to following the development of the BeltLine as it progresses. It's an awesome effort that would be even better if they'd started on it 20 years ago. It's based on an attractive and ambitious long-term plan that makes sense for a livable city, but doesn't require a huge up-front investment and can be built out incrementally. That's something we can aspire to.
  4. AronG

    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    Huge fan of the effort to maintain and improve our urban canopy. It goes a long way towards humanizing urban areas, is relatively inexpensive, and has positive impact in a variety of areas (http://www.southernforests.org/urban/benefits-of-urban-trees). We have quite a few blocks downtown that reap these benefits, here's hoping we're able to spread them further.
  5. Not sure I'm a fan of that facade, but I love the functional design. Retail to activate the street and a couple of floors of light residential/hotel to provide walking customers for the immediate area. More please!
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    CBD/SoBro/RutledgeHill/Rolling Mill Hill Projects

    7,622 dowtown residential units with 1,664 under construction (22% more). Awesome to see one of the best trends of the last decade is continuing strong. This has a huge impact on the renaissance of the downtown area into a fun, livable place instead of just a commuter/carouser carousel. Residences are getting blown up this year by hotel rooms though, with 7,017 existing and 3,147 (45% more) UC. Between that and airbnb it seems like a lot of areas will be dominated by non-residents. Sobro, for example, is shaping up so far to have a very small ratio of long term residents.
  7. AronG

    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    Yes, you've been entirely consistent on that accord. Very reliably consistent. Relentlessly consistent, one might call it. As you are charitably dedicating your time towards contributing your thoughts here on the Transportation & Mass Transit thread on the Nashville UrbanPlanet site, though, you presumably have *some* interest in Nashville transportation. In celebration and emulation of your salutary enjoyment in hearing the viewpoints of others, may I ask again what cities or urban environments best blend individual freedoms with the greatest ability to navigate the urban landscape? Are there cities larger than Nashville that we can learn from, or are we forging a new path?
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    Ability of some on this forum to drive conversations about city building back into endless rehashing of national political/tribal grievances is formidable. It's kind of a waste of everyone's time though; we're all pretty familiar with the talking points by now. If your #1 priority is small government/market solutions, and the effort to build a great city is somewhere below that, you're obviously going to arrive at different conclusions. You would prefer, for example, to accept a less efficient and useful transportation system if its funding was routed through private entities (e.g. requiring businesses to build parking, tacitly requiring citizens to own cars, etc.). To me I'm not really ideological about the size of government or whatever, I care only about the end result. And in my experience, every single great urban environment I've been in relied on public amenities, funded and managed through the mechanisms of the local government. If there are exceptions - urban environments with great quality of life that were created with minimal public investment - I would love to hear about them from the small government crowd, because it seems like those could be some interesting areas of common ground.
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    You misunderstand me my friend. In your fight for efficient and effective use of government funds I'm on your side. I'm actually in favor of efficient and effective use of all manner of funds. If you're open to debate on the topic, I'd make the case that what we're currently doing falls very low on any measure of efficiency. A comparison to many world cities and their ability to move people around will bear me out on this. Pointing out that the streets are often empty is not internet forum board trolling (which, as we all know is suuuuper juvenile and boring and played out). I'm not dismissing your thoughts on bus service, which sound fine to me. I'm only pointing out we'd be applying a double standard here if all the rigor is applied to buses and none to cars. Mostly empty streets occur for very similar reasons as mostly empty buses. Comparing them is fair and substantive if you let it be. Based on your comments you're pretty satisfied with our current transportation system. No worries! Let's not get all rude about it or spin up exaggerations to get offended by ('to hell with motorists'?). You and I would obviously disagree about a lot of stuff, but you're a smart guy and I enjoy reading your perspective when you aren't peaved.
  10. I still don't understand how they got this one past the rich NIMBYs over there. Are there other sites in green hills that are zoned for this kind of height?
  11. Activation looks pretty decent. Can't tell if the pinkish street-facing part of floors 2-4 is finished space or an elaborate parking facade though...
  12. Thanks for representing at this meeting @DJIII. I had a conflict or I would've been there. This is why it's head-scratching that we have debates on this board like maybe we're over-branding people as NIMBYs or we're caving to developers who are going to bulldoze all our beloved craftsmen bungalows. This is a no-brainer proposal to build a few dozen residential units in a popular neighborhood with plenty of street capacity, minimal destruction of existing buildings, *and the by-right zoning is already there*. But it's taking years, driving up the cost and has resulted in halving the size of the development. No wonder developers would rather focus on converting existing houses into palaces. I love Fond Object and will be sorry to see it go. But an evolving city and neighborhood is part of the cultural buzz and the creative destruction that leads to good music. There are still plenty of great venues in EN to discover musicians. Instead of trying to preserve every awesome spot in amber, a legitimate thing to worry about is the fact that up-and-coming musicians can't find a place within miles of Riverside Village to live with a reasonable rent. That wasn't true 10 years ago, it's only going to get worse, and it's going to have a lot more of an effect on the music scene than whether a few more shows have to go to Vinyl Tap (or the new Grimeys!).
  13. I hope everyone in Metro treats these guys like a total joke. They bought some land at bargain basement prices and they're trying to pump up the value with some renderings and a PR campaign. Much more in common with Maytown than River North. River North is a plausible if ambitious concept that could actually come to fruition in some form over the next 10 or 20 (or 30) years as the east bank finally transitions away from industrial wasteland. It's across the river from Germantown instead of the CBD, but with a couple of bridges and interstate overpasses you can at least connect it with street grids on either side and patch it into Nashville's evolving urban fabric. Proposing skyscrapers on West Trinity across the river from MetroCenter is a transparent effort to get public infrastructure $ in an area that makes no sense for the city.