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  1. The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    First step would be to get our overly restrictive residential zoning codes loosened: One of the biggest city planning blunders that destroyed neighborhoods over the last 60 years (with no end in sight) was the bizarre misguided effort to force residential and commercial construction into rigidly defined areas, ruining the the interspersed nature of real neighborhoods.
  2. They're coming along on the church redevelopment at Russell & 10th (pizza & taproom):
  3. The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    She seems to be trying to use the extension of the Charlotte Pike line to try to motivate more development in her district? She's telling her residents and developers that if they want to extend the Gallatin line 2 miles further to Old Hickory instead of ending at Briley they have to "make investments into the corridor so that it will have the necessary density to sustain a system." The example she cites is turning the old kmart in madison into a transit-oriented development.
  4. I can see both sides of this debate, but trying to frame this as an up or down choice between the current proposal and a parking lot is completely unproductive. It's just an easy way to sideline any criticism that's made for any proposal without having to actually make a case in favor of it. If someone proposes marriage the choices are not (A.) Yes or (B.) You're staying single forever because nobody else will ever want you. Have confidence in Nashville. This is a great property in a very active district that is ripe for monetizing. If 18 stories aren't allowed, the price of the property will change to reflect that and it will eventually be purchased and developed just like every other available property in that area has done. Cities that throw out their planning and desperately accept the first development proposal that comes along do not turn into great places. That said, it would be sweet to have a HOB right in the middle of things. There's a perfectly reasonable case to be made to allow this, but it is not a choice between 18 stories or a parking lot.
  5. Glad to have something there instead of empty land, but I agree this could have been so much more. I would've settled for ugly if they just could have activated the street. I vaguely recall that their original design had slightly more units and a retail spot at the corner, but it didn't make it past the NIMBYs. Every time I walk past there and see the like 4 foot gap that they had to put between the units to pretend like they're single family homes it sets my teeth on edge. Why oh why is the default zoning along 10th and 11th still R6 & R8? That corridor is crying out for more density to allow more people to live near 5 points and it would only make the neighborhood better.
  6. Man, that overpass looks a little scary right now. Have they announced the specific date that the lifeway tower is coming down? I saw December at one point, but no date.
  7. CBD/SoBro/RutledgeHill/Rolling Mill Hill Projects I don't for the life of me understand why the lower Broadway bar owners are so adamantly opposed to street cafe-style seating. They always say they're worried about panhandlers, but nobody's going to force them to provide it if they don't want to. Yet they agitate militantly to keep it from happening anywhere on Broadway. They reacted the same way on the proposal to slim down the car lanes to give pedestrians more space? Why? I'm sure they have some kind of perceived financial stake but I don't understand what.
  8. So I guess this was overturned? See halfway down here: Wonder what changed their mind?
  9. The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    I like the way you phrase that. "Not dependent on traffic" is the key factor, whether it's dedicated lanes or above/below ground. Only thing I'd add is that private operation is no guarantee of effective service. Comcast's corporate mission is to serve as a shining example that there are good and bad companies just like there are effective and ineffective government agencies.
  10. Last I heard the top floor was going to be airbnb'd. Man I hope this building is successful in establishing a new scale for the 5 points area. That forrest & main development can't come soon enough...
  11. The building's cool but that giant tag line kinda stomps all over it. Looks like 20-foot-tall vapid pinterest wall art.
  12. Man, you guys are a rough crowd. More power to you if you want to exaggerate the case against this into ridiculousness and then have fun dunking on it, but I haven't seen where anybody's advocating for an empty parking lot. We are very fortunate to not have to treat each development proposal as the last and only chance to develop a given parcel. To me this isn't a huge deal, but it's an aesthetic question about how wide we want the historic Broadway district to be. It's soon going to be completely hemmed in on both sides and on upper broadway by the modern skyline. Which is a great look, I feel like; a great dichotomy between old Nashville and new. I enjoy it every day as I cross the river. On consideration of putting an 18 story building at this location, please allow me to register a mild (and apparently wildly unpopular) opinion that it would be cool if the historic scale buildings extended the full block to the pedestrian bridge. No big deal, just a thought. The low-rise district would extend from a half block north of Broadway to a full block south. It'd be cool. It will still also be cool if it this is built, just maybe slightly less coherent (in my, again, unpopular opinion). Please do me the favor of not tagging me as a pro-dead space NIMBY. Thank you.
  13. The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    I totally agree that in 20 years the best cities in the world are going be the ones that got out in front of this and built policies, street grids, and transit systems that integrate driverless cars with mass transit in a way that makes their urban environment more pleasant and liveable. The NACTO recently published a 60 page PDF with some awesome ideas for how to do that: If history tells us anything, though, it's that many American cities will not do anything to try to proactively channel this new form of transportation. And I don't think anybody really knows what that's going to yield. It's going to be fascinating, with plenty of imaginable positive and negative factors. Driverless cars are going to enable a whole new level of sprawl and neighborhood/social isolation for those that want that. But they're also going to drastically reduce the need for parking, which will be a wild improvement in the urban and suburban streetscape and will significantly reduce the cost of building (no more wasting the bottom 10 floors on structured parking and/or building 17 football fields of parking lot for the shopping mall). What will Phoenix look like after 5 or 10 years of everybody being able to subscribe to a Waymo app for $50/month and go anywhere in the city with no car payment, gas bill, or insurance? It's going to be a wild ride, and in the same way that personal vehicles reshaped American cities over the last 80 years, we're going to spend the rest of our lives watching transportation grids and land use patterns slowly reshape into something new.
  14. The real issue is the code, not this specific development. I looked it up, and the last time this came up somebody pointed out that the downtown code (available at specifically excludes parking requirements (on page 80): Which I was surprised and impressed that they had the foresight to do. So I guess midtown isn't governed by this code. Which code includes the parking requirements?
  15. The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    It's happening...