Flatrock

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About Flatrock

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    Cities, Art, Culture, Urbanism, Transit, Live Music, College Football, The Predators, Professional Soccer, Good Food & Drink....are a few of my favorite things.

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  1. Flatrock

    CBD/SoBro/RutledgeHill/Rolling Mill Hill Projects

    I believe you were trolling, but that's no reason for me to be rude. I'm sorry.
  2. Flatrock

    Soccer in Nashville

    The investors should get rid of the 10 acre part of the deal, take it out of the equation and figure out how to make it work without it. That's the single biggest stumbling block IMO, drawing far too much anti-MLS/Fairgrounds attention. Probably too late, but I'm getting tired of worrying about this kind of crap on behalf of powerful, wealthy stakeholders who should be more than capable of fighting their own battles, and dealing with negative consequences if things don't work out. Hope we get MLS and hope it happens at The Fairgrounds, we'll see.
  3. Flatrock

    Will Nashville ever see another amusement park?

    Apologies for reposting this: A close friend is a senior executive for the 63 acre Kentucky Kingdom (formerly Six Flags). It's changed hands a number of times (and closed/re-opened) in it's 30 year history. According to my friend, it's a pain in the azz to run a park and make money. Margins are thin. Mistakes are expensive. Liability is huge. Management/administrative staff is tiny (due to thin margins) - which means during the season, it's common for a senior executive to be cleaning trash, helping in a booth or whatever else needs support. And God forbid, people can get hurt, or worse. Unfounded lawsuits are common from scammers. Employee retention is impossible, so turnover/churn is huge. Cash flow management is challenging due to seasonal nature, even though that's built into the business plan/model. Vendor management is tough. Product updates (new rides) are necessary and VERY expensive. In short, it has many of the worst aspects of business. For a Nashville park, it almost has to be very wealthy local stakeholder(s) with a burning desire to provide this to the community and/or a deep-pocketed corporate denizen who sees an opportunity to exploit a market and manage it in such a way as to mitigate risk. I would guess a compact footprint with at least some year-round attractions. I've no idea if city/regional leadership has approached other park ownership for a Nashville area hard look, but it might be a good time to do so...with our current population growth and tourist numbers to support a biz plan. Maybe Butch Spyridon & Co?
  4. Not to mention the many hundreds of businesses and thousands of jobs created to support Amazon itself and to cater to the new city-sized population of 50,000 folks + their familes. Basically, you're adding a very affluent small city, needing to buy goods and services.
  5. I hear ya. I keep telling myself that I don't care anymore and that I don't want it here, but I actually do - on both counts. And my change of heart has come via the recent transit meltdown, pushback on Fairgrounds changes, a state legislature full of rural representatives dictating Nashville's present & future....and I'm worn out watching old Nashville fighting tooth and nail against change. I agree, we still have a small chance, I agree that if Amazon came here it'd bring some unwanted collateral consequences - but now I want it.
  6. Flatrock

    Project Thread/New Construction/Photo du jour/Const. CAMs

    Yesterday was a blast going to The Rolling Stones exhibit at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. It ends June 30th for N. America - and it was awesome. Go this week if you're a Stones fan. Then went for dinner and beers at Back Alley Dinner (B.A.D.) - and much to our sadness, found out it was their last day open. So bummed about a staple for cheap beer and good food downtown, disappearing. Then, on to Ole Red for rooftop views, people watching and a nightcap. Great views. Good people watching. Disappointing establishment. Clearly a knock-off of ACME, horrible bar service, understaffed, unbussed dirty tables all around the 2 hours we hung out (because the views were great and so was the breeze up top)...and it felt like just another expensive tourist trap with nothing special to recommend it. Too bad - but pretty much what we expected.
  7. Flatrock

    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    This..... x a thousand. My most dreaded stretch of road in Tennessee, and I use it a lot. It's diabolical - and with Atlanta's growth + Chattanooga's growth + Nashville's growth, it's only gonna get much, much worse.
  8. Flatrock

    The Gulch Projects

    Classic Beverly Hillbillies reference. I suppose just a handful on this board can remember... Thanks for making me laugh out loud.
  9. Hahahaha!! Got it! I respect your authenticity!
  10. Hey man, did you mean to say "I'm a dance music history 'nerd'.??
  11. Flatrock

    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    Informative, well-researched article from today's The New York Times on: 'How the Koch Brothers Are Killing Public Transit Projects Around the Country' Most of the article is about NASHVILLE, and what went down. Tons of quotable pieces. Some new info, at least for me. On the up side, they use a different, updated photo of downtown Nashville.... https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/06/19/climate/koch-brothers-public-transit.html
  12. Flatrock

    CBD/SoBro/RutledgeHill/Rolling Mill Hill Projects

    Good grief, that's terrible. Good thing it didn't cost much..... oh wait....
  13. Flatrock

    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    Mark, do you have an opinion - whether this is a good thing? Can you share it? Thanks!
  14. Flatrock

    Soccer in Nashville

    Pandering, plain and simple. Ugly and cynical. I hate it.