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  1. I believe it, they seem to cost more than an uber now. The new scooter model is much better, but geez... I had to hunt down a Jump for the ride home.
  2. I use an e-bike on the greenways (to carry my kids) all the time. It's super pleasant and I've never gotten any negative reactions from the fact that I'm getting a few hundred watts of help to get up and down the hills. I don't know the specific history of the greenway rules, but it seems obvious that restrictions around "motorized" traffic were written decades ago with internal combustion engines in mind, not tiny Class 1/2 electric motors that can't go over 20 mph and don't produce any more power than a healthy adult peddling. Half of the safe bikeways in Nashville are greenways, so it's an unfortunate side effect of the scooter wars that we're pretending like they're some kind of menace. The scooter companies have very good geo-fencing capabilities and seem to have added several "slow zones" that automatically lower the top speed, as well as several no parking zones. Maybe a constructive approach would be to use those tools on the greenways.
  3. Phones are bad but a lot of the uptick over the last 10 years is also related to the increasing prevalence and size of SUVs & giant pickup trucks. https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/14/611116451/fatal-pedestrian-crashes-increasingly-involve-suvs-study-finds Pedestrians struck by cars tend to fly up onto the hood and roll off with potentially survivable injuries (depending on speed). People struck by large SUVs or trucks often end up getting run over, which is much more deadly. The latest fad seems to be these pickup trucks with giant dump truck-style grills that block the driver's visibility up to about four feet. Those things are almost perfectly designed to lead to accidents. In Europe they're pushing out mandates for increased visibility on delivery trucks, meanwhile we're going the opposite way, innovating new ways to make normal passenger cars much more dangerous. Which gets to the big difference between us and Europe. They're actually serious about bringing the death toll down. It's not rocket science; you can apply the same scientific thinking that constantly makes every other form of travel safer. But in the US there's been a relentless drive over the past 70 years to design everything around removing friction from long commutes. If new technology comes along that allows us to have our cake and eat it to (ABS, rear view cameras, etc.), we're OK with that, but anything that detracts from the speed or comfort that sprawl-y suburban commuters crave is a non-starter. So instead we just sort of wave off the fact that ~40,000 people are going to die every year as the price of doing business. In rural/suburban areas it'll mostly be in car crashes. In urban areas it will be more pedestrians & bikers. Either way it's going to keep happening until we start getting serious about engineering things differently. That means lowering speeds, narrowing lanes, removing slip lanes, ending right-turn-on-red, doing everything possible to improve driver visibility, and dozens of other details that we mostly ignore right now.
  4. I enjoy conversation starters, but this just doesn't make any sense to me. The riverside is an asset that should be developed, not hidden away under an unnecessary engineering marvel. Capping the interstates might be harder, but getting high-speed car traffic below the surface is a big payoff. Getting a random 300 foot stretch of river below the surface seems like a bug, not a feature. If we can muster the political will to do anything like this, we'd be better served designing beautiful park spaces on both sides of the river and connecting them with a deluxe pedestrian/bike bridge. I enjoy a lot of what NCDC puts out, but it seems like they sometimes waste their credibility on implausible/pointlessly extravagant proposals. I wish they would harness their design acumen with a similar effort towards laying out how these things could be financed. It seems like if they put in more work on what the resulting space could be sold for and/or how increased property taxes could be captured, they could create more of a turnkey starting point for politicians to pick up and run with a big vanity project. That's one way to get off the ground with a big inner-loop cap project, or our own BeltLine.
  5. The pace really picked up at Cayce a year or so ago; it's been impressive. Is that because of the extra funding that Briley announced a while back, or has that come into play yet? I also wonder if we're getting close to breaking ground on Napier and the other ones. At Cacye I'm looking forward to the street grid getting reconnected, and the market-rate units getting occupied, so we can see how this is going to work out. I'm hoping with more people at different income level, there will be more interest from retailers and places like the closed family dollar on shelby will perk back up.
  6. I don't think this is totally subjective. Occupants that stink up the vicinity, dump pollution into the air, and generate loud and annoying noise are not good neighbors in a densely populated area, independent of aesthetic tastes. I suppose one can appreciate them as a cool visual backdrop from across the river, but I bike past PSC (and the mulch company on South 5th) every week and I can vouch for the fact that they make the whole area around them an unpleasant wasteland.
  7. I am absolutely astonished that this green wall did not come to fruition. Who in the world could have seen that coming?
  8. Yeah OK, how's this: A better comparison might be the overall MTA ridership, which is around 9,000,000 / year. Achieving 20% of that number in one year with no real investment from Metro seems pretty remarkable. Gotta wonder how far it could go if we provided infrastructure for it.
  9. Zoning in America is such a cluster, and Nashville's as bad as anyone. I'll live and die amazed at how many people can visit beautiful cities throughout the rest of the world, rave about their walkability and quality of life, then come home and join a pitchfork mob viciously fighting to keep it impossible to build anything even remotely similar here. Somehow we've gone down a path where the loudest political constituencies believe they face an existential threat if their neighborhood isn't strictly preserved in the single-use, car-required, income stratified suburban model that has locked so many people into sedentary, socially isolated lifestyles over the last 60 years. If we were rational at all about the best land use policy to maximize livability in Nashville - for everything from health to sustainability to affordable housing - the minimum zoning within 3 miles of downtown would be 4-plexes and townhomes.
  10. Bill introduced by CMs Glover, Bedne, and Hagar to ban scooters from Nashville. https://www.nashville.gov/Metro-Clerk/Legislative/Ordinances/Details/4a7097ec-b23b-4145-8063-02350e7e5018/2015-2019/BL2019-1707.aspx
  11. I expected a bunch of fluff, but this looks like some pretty substantive commitments to me. I wonder if this will be enough to get through the backlash. In my experience there has been some improvement downtown lately. Gonna be tough rowing though, the mayor said on CNN he has a friend that went over the handlebars on one of these and lost his two front teeth.
  12. To me the east side has always had really peculiar gaps in ethnic restaurants (even considering our lack of ethnic enclaves), with a baffling excess of options in other categories. For example, it seems like it seems like we have sushi and ramen places appearing (and sometimes disappearing) all over the place. Nomzilla, kawai, maru, sushi circle, battered & fried sushi (shudder), two ten jack, otaku, etc. Why? Do we really have some kind of elevated demand for sushi over here? We also have really good tacos for some reason (mas tacos, 5 points tacos). Meanwhile we have basically no indian food (which, to my knowledge you can't really explain bombay/sitar/woodlands based on ethnic enclaves, so why can't we have at least one? At some point I'm gonna break down and do a kickstarter.), a single mediocre chinese place (less surprising, not a regional forte), and, for my money, the worst thai food per capita in middle tennessee. Smyrna has better thai food than us for gods sake. Since we're kibitzing, our favorites these days are kawai poke, mas tacos, babo, and far east. Also pomodoro > nicolettos (although the people seem really nice at nicolettos).
  13. I'm all in favor of introducing new form factors, adding to our housing stock, etc., but this looks pretty awkward. Pedestrian access looks bad, and what the heck is a "parking bosque"? The whole thing would be a lot easier to put together if you just did a couple of rows of townhomes. I'm constantly amazed by how far we contort ourselves to avoid building townhomes, which is how growing cities have handled increased demand for housing for a thousand years. But for whatever reason, persons of the NIMBY inclination seem to be more accepting of "cottages" even though they're a worse end result from a dozen different angles, from green space to utility bills.
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