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  1. Does anyone have info or a link on this? I'm interested in who manages that formula and how it's updated.
  2. The opposition was at first mostly garden-variety resistance to anything and everything, in my opinion. The developers seemed like they were interested in trying to be responsive though, and with Anthony Davis' involvement I think they were going to succeed in making a deal to reshape it around some of the (nonsensical) feedback. Then the whole Fond Object thing blew up (it is pretty disappointing to lose Fond Object), and the pitchfork mob reached critical mass. Kudos to AD, most of our council members would have given up and demagogued this, but he's gone the whole way through acting like we're all able to talk about this stuff like adults. Possibly delusional, but inspiring.
  3. Bearwalker is good, but Thunder Ann is great. Wife and I should have a plaque at the new location; we definitely helped pay for it.
  4. Yeah that was the most recent iteration, but I'm wondering why they're floating the idea of metro buying the baptist building now. The baptist people were resisting the earlier version where 301 JR was going to be the location of the homeless service center, but if they're just going to make it into a pocket park they don't need ownership of the building. What am I missing?
  5. Don't get how that changes the math here, unless they're going back to the original plan of building the homeless service center on James Robertson. That always made more sense then adding a pocket park right next to Public Square Park, but doesn't address the criticism that they're getting rid of park space without replacing it. Surely they aren't going to turn the baptist building into a smaller version of the service center and stick with the James Robertson pocket park?
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    Triumph Hospitality Hotel, 2221 Elliston Place

    So many properties around there that I wish were redeveloped before this one...
  7. Was a little underwhelmed by this at first but the more information comes out about it the better it gets. More developers should give up on these huge parking garages. I know you get a few bonus floors, but they ruin any chance of designing the building for people, and the parking spaces are less and less useful for hotels every year. Love the cantilever design and the additional ground-level open space. Very efficient street-level design on the small footprint, good attention paid to the facades. I like the greenery too, but I'll bet somebody a beer that it won't be built that way. If you google 'green skyscraper' you can see hundreds of renders, and 99% of them got cut when somebody looked at the cost. Skyscraper facades are not conducive environments for plant life.
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    Yeah NYC is one of the lower crime cities (per capita) in the US. I agree that the subway is somewhat of an embarrassment though. It's like one of the key ingredients that makes the city possible, and there's so much money and so many smart people there, but if you compare it to a city like London or Paris it's just bad in every possible way. It's dirty, but it's also less reliable, less safe (mechanically), less accessible, the technology is ancient and decrepit, there aren't enough stations, the trains don't run nearly often enough, and everything costs an order of magnitude more. I've read several analysis about why it is that way, and it's definitely a confluence of dysfunctional factors. I think at some level it boils down to the fact that, as a country, the evolution of our governance/contracting mechanisms and engineering pool has been focused on building world class road projects, with rail as a secondary focus. Until we really commit to investing in urban transportation the way the rest of the developed world does, we're gonna keep paying more than everybody else for second class results (https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2018/01/why-its-so-expensive-to-build-urban-rail-in-the-us/551408/).
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    We certainly have plenty of peer cities in the US that treat mass transit as an afterthought (although it's worth mentioning that Indianapolis and Columbus both seem to be well along on BRT with dedicated ROW). So as long as we stop at our current size, this shows that everything will be fine. On the other hand, cities that are a decade or three ahead of us in growth (Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, etc.) are all scrambling belatedly to get real mass transit in place because their interstates are hopelessly bogged down in traffic. I get that some people aren't into rail because they're opposed to too much government. But calling people fetishists so you can write off their view isn't going to change basic geometry. Cities with millions of people don't have room for everyone to bring a car with them for every single trip around town. Cities our size that ignore that fact end up spending enormous amounts of money and wasting huge areas of land on giant road projects and enormous parking facilities, all in pursuit of a transportation network that's just going to keep bogging down worse and worse with every additional resident. And in return they end up with an urban landscape that's a lot less pleasant to actually live in. If too many people in Nashville are triggered by rail in particular, I hope we can at least get serious about some of the other options that are able to move more people around in less space.
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    CBD/SoBro/RutledgeHill/Rolling Mill Hill Projects

    I feel like 10 or 20 years ago they would have monetized that land by razing the buildings, paving it over, and collecting parking $$$. There's plenty bad to say about the hotel/STR boom, but overall this seems like a much more beneficial pattern for the city.
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    The Gulch Projects

    Great discussion. That whole block that's basically wasted on the 9th/Union/Rosa Parks/YMCA Way spaghetti bowl has always bugged me. I guess it's a symptom of the decision to run a huge freeway through the core of the city, but it's such a huge and pointless gap in the urban fabric. I know it'll never happen but you could wildly improve that area (and generate a boatload more tax money) if Rosa Parks was rerouted to merge with YMCA Way and T into Church. Then you could connect Union St and have actual city blocks again. The vehicle throughput would go down a little bit, but there are plenty of ways to get to the same places. Decisions like these to build and maintain huge overpasses with interstate-style on-ramps in crowded and valuable urban spaces just to shave a minute or two off of a small subset of commuter times are the types of bad planning choices we need to figure out how to unwind.
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    CBD/SoBro/RutledgeHill/Rolling Mill Hill Projects

    I think they're just making proposals over and over trying to get people (especially the bar owners) to consider for a minute what we could have if we let go of a few of the car lanes for a few blocks. Working against the status quo's a b*tch though. In any other city lower Broadway would have 40 foot sidewalks with trees, sidewalk seating, etc. by now. If they ever get over the hump, everyone's going to love it, including the honky tonks.
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    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?
  14. 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.