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  1. Grounded ocean liner is so accurate for that design. They should change the name to the Titanic.
  2. Sure, there's a variant of this justification for every slip lane, and indeed every place where there's a trade-off between pedestrian/bike accessibility and shaving time off vehicle traffic. My point is that both Nashville and most other cities (see examples) have been busily re-engineering intersections to get rid of urban slip lanes, among many other unsafe and pedestrian-hostile patterns that were put in place during several bad decades of urban design, and now is the perfect time to fix that one. Demonbreun is increasingly popular for both foot and bike traffic, two groups that are not space-constrained, and if encouraged are likely to grow significantly over the next decades as new development activates more and more of the street grid. Improving our intersections for those modes is worth the minor inconvenience to drivers turning right. If your point is that Nashville shouldn't focus on fixing our walkability problems and should instead keep optimizing for car traffic above all else, I get that. That's totally valid; we just disagree.
  3. Man, if they bait-and-switch on all the pedestrian plazas/green space I'm going to be devastated. Is this like the thing where they draw an awesome green wall on the early renderings and it's the first thing that gets value-engineered?
  4. With all of the subsidies, mandates, and public land devoted to parking, cities are wildly overbuilt on what makes economic sense. The value of the consumed space is completely divorced from what it would be if used for other purposes. When you inventory all available parking, many cities have 20 or more spots per household (source), with the vast majority sitting empty at any given time. When you factor in how much it costs to build a high-rise and waste 30% of your floors on car storage, it makes all the sense in the world to use valet and tap into a tiny fraction of the wasted/under-priced parking that's floating around. Also, with Uber/Lyft and other options coming available there is a small but growing number of urban residents who live/work/play downtown and use a car only for trips to the suburbs. Consider that many of the units in 505 were leased to short-term/corporate rentals. The play he's making here is that when this is done in a few years, having 30% more units in the building will be more valuable than attached parking. I think it's a smart bet. I hope we find out.
  5. Love the way this is shaping up, but it's going to be a travesty if they don't fix that intersection at 12th and Demunbreun. Slip lanes in urban areas are a death trap for pedestrians, as most cities figured out 10 years ago. Shaving a few seconds off driving time is not worth carrying forward a documented pedestrian-hostile design. I don't even understand how metro makes these decisions. They just spent a bunch of time and money fixing the awful design at 21st & Broadway (see before/after). Will they ignore this one in an up-and-coming "walkable" area?
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    Totally agree that half of our bike lanes are currently just a gesture. Murf Rd, Charlotte Pike, Thomson Ln, KVB bridge... I can never decide whether they do more harm than good. On the down side, they are worthless as actual bike lanes, and people that aren't familiar with the bike network often conclude that since they never see anybody using them there's no interest in biking. On the positive side, though, they scoot traffic slightly away from the sidewalk, and they *can* serve as a gentle first step introducing biking infrastructure that can be built on later. As our development patterns get a little more dense and electric-assist bikes/scooters become more popular, it's not crazy to imagine a next step on those roads where we move both of the bike lanes to one side and do something like this: Which is sort of "protected", doesn't require much more space, is relatively inexpensive, and is something that a few more people would feel comfortable actually using. Then, of course, the ultimate goal would be to build facilities that make biking a viable option for 90% of the population instead of 10%:
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    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    How are they going to make money when they only allow supermodels in there?
  8. Tony Giarratana is such a baller. I love the way he lays down the trump card here on parking. I hope he can pull this off.
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    Totally agree that it's too bad they stripped that out. I will say that what it had before amounted to a borderline insignificant amount of money. I'm definitely hoping that once there's a dedicated constituency using these things it will open up the conversation around bike lanes. The problems to date haven't really been funding them, it's been about knee-jerk resistance to them (e.g. contentious updates to 8th S or Woodland St in East Nashville, or the rolled back bike lane on Cleveland St). FYI the regulation only prohibits riding on the sidewalks in “Business Districts”, defined as "an area of at least one full block of retail shops or offices fronting a sidewalk that has steady pedestrian traffic."
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    Athletics is one way to market a university, and in a lot of cases in the US I agree it's the best one available. Vanderbilt has a completely different option though, growing and building their reputation as a top-tier prestige academic institution on par with Harvard et al. I've always been skeptical that they can do what it takes to maintain that spot and at the same time keep trying to compete in a top-tier football conference like the SEC. SEC schools spend a huge amount of institutional capital scratching and clawing at every possible way to get an advantage on the football field. Unfortunately, in the modern NCAA that usually involves things that are in direct conflict with a true focus on academic excellence, like setting up weird, obfuscated accountability structures to provide cover for dirty recruiting/academic practices. Dealing with a disgusting rape scandal every few years seems to be par for the course in the SEC. That's a strange branding association to pair with Ivy League aspirations. I think the Magnolia League or Southern Ivy League or whatever would be a great alternative.
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    CBD/SoBro/RutledgeHill/Rolling Mill Hill Projects

    Kind of fascinating that in the middle of all that density they're sticking with one story and sinking that much money into it. Why not at least toss up a few floors of walk-up airbnbs above it?
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    The new regulation looks great IMO. It's a tough balancing act to factor in the needs of pedestrians and car traffic without squashing this thing in its infancy. They did a great job avoiding some of the knee-jerk over-regulation that some other cities have done. By all accounts, if this passes on Aug. 21 we're going to have multiple providers launching as soon as they can get a permit.
  13. Guess that was a lot faster (and cheaper?) with the limited amount of parking.