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  1. I was doubtful of that claim about nashville being #1 for pollution, so I checked at the EPA Air Quality website and downloaded their summary data for 2021. Link below: https://www.epa.gov/outdoor-air-quality-data/air-quality-statistics-report Here's what I found after sorting the data for each major pollutant reported on in that data: (ranked with worst city/CBSA as #1, then getting better as you move down the list) CARBON MONOXIDE [CO 8-hour max reading] 1. Pittsburgh = 4.2 2. Los Angeles = 3.4 3, El Centro, CA = 2.9 4. El Paso, TX = 2.6 5. Phoenix = 2.6 6. Las Vegas = 2.3 7. Anchorage, AK = 2.5 8. New York = 2.2 9. Cleveland = 2.1 10. Houston = 2.1 ~~Nashville came it at # 15 tied with Atlanta and Washington DC who all had readings of 1.7 NITROGEN DIOXIDE [Annual Mean] 1. San Bernardino, CA = 30 2. Phoenix = 26 3. Denver = 26 4. Los Angeles = 25 5. Bakersfield, CA = 23 6. Las Vegas = 22 7. New York = 19 8. Fresno, CA = 19 9. Atlanta = 17 10. Chicago = 17 ~~ Nashville came in at #21 tied with Austin, Oklahoma City, Miami, Dallas, San Diego, Richmond, and Milwaukee who all had readings of 13 SURFACE LEVEL OZONE [8-hour Max reading] 1. San Bernardino, CA = 0.112 2. Los Angeles = 0.097 3. Bakersfield, CA = 0.094 4. Visalia, CA = 0.094 5. Fresno, CA = 0.090 6. Truckee, CA = 0.090 7. Denver = 0.089 8. Salt Lake City = 0.087 9. Stamford, CT = 0.086 10. Las Cruces, NM = 0.086 ~~ Nashville came in #152 tied with Austin, Richmond, Raleigh, and Omaha who all had a reading of 0.066 SULFUR DIOXIDE [Annual Mean] 1. Hilo, HI = 9 2. Borger, TX = 6 3. Pocatello, ID = 4 4. Fairbanks, AK = 4 5. Ogdensburg, NY = 4 6. Pittsburgh = 3 7. Amarillo, TX = 3 8. Steubenville, OH = 3 9. Kingsport, TN = 3 10. Chicago = 2 ~~ Nashville's annual mean averaged out to zero like a lot of cities. It seems the Sulfur Dioxide list is dominated by cities who are affected by single-point emission sources. Like Hilo, Hawaii who gets blasted by SO2 from the Kilauea volcano. Fairbanks is plagued by thermal inversions during the winter that trap pollution in the valley. Pittsburg and Chicago appear to be the only cities with high SO2 due to just being large polluted cities. The others all had chemical or petrochemical plants located nearby. PARTICULATES 2.5 MICRONS [Weighted Mean] 1. Visalia, CA = 20.7 2. Bakersfield, CA = 20.0 3. Klamath Falls, OR = 18.6 4. San Bernardino, CA = 17.8 5. Fresno, CA = 17.2 6. Miami, OK = 15.9 [caused by limestone mining?] 7. Hanford, CA = 15.6 8. Modesto, CA = 15 9. Yuba City, CA = 14.5 10. Los Angeles = 13.8 ~~Nashville was #45 with a reading of 11.1 Of course, California features prominently in the Particulate list not only due to unfortunate geography (mountains) that concentrates pollution, but also wildfires and even pollution drifting across the Pacific ocean from China.
  2. "Have you ever wanted to live in a low-rise wood-framed stucco building conveniently located between the railroad tracks and a homeless shelter?? Introducing: The Nell, with easy proximity to the Greyhound Bus station! All sight-lines are guaranteed to be obstructed by taller buildings within 10 years, so move in today and enjoy these views before they are gone!!!"
  3. Where is the link to the article?
  4. Suburban/Rural areas have schools and first responders. And when it comes to mass transit, I find it interesting that Davidson county voters shut down that effort when they learned that they would carry the burden for funding the mass transit system alone. When it became obvious that little to no State or Federal money (from outside Davidson county) would cover the cost, they balked. This is not an insignificant fact, but rather an important event that provides valuable insight into the true nature of Public Transit.... Except in very large cities, public transit that is subsidized by state and federal funds is a money losing (wealth destroying) endeavor. Think about it this way: Why not just build mass transit on credit and use the ticket fees to pay off the loan? The answer is obvious: There are not enough riders willing to pay high enough ticket fees to cover the cost of building the system. But what does that mean? It means that product (mass transit) is not valued as highly as other products that consumers are willing to spend their money on (voluntarily). So why would you want to concentrate billions of investment into a capital asset that produces a product that consumers don't want? Do some consumers want it? Yes. Do enough consumers want it to fund it through ticket sales revenue? No. So it doesn't get built - - at least not in free market America. The Soviet Union and other centrally planned states had plenty of experience building massive wealth destroying industries and cities, but all it did was make them poorer. Would certain specific businesses benefit from mass transit in Nashville? Possibly. Would those same businesses buy tickets to give to their employees or purchase municipal bonds to fund the system? No, obviously not, because if they would then some entity would have already taken advantage of that demand and created a mass transit system. The very fact that government is left as the only entity capable of providing mass transit is proof that nobody wants to pay for it themselves, but a lot of people want to use the tax-collecting apparatus of government to force other people to pay for it. Tennessee taxpayers decided they would rather wait in traffic for hours rather than pay for mass transit through taxes. Thank goodness they have that choice rather than being forced to pay for a system they don't want.
  5. Agreed, the national Libertarian party is a joke because they decided after 1996 to abandon their principles and play down their most controversial policy positions in a futile effort to get elected to local offices. That was their plan: Build political influence from the ground up by starting small and growing the number of elected libertarians. The only problem is, you can't piecemeal Libertarianism because it is a comprehensive economic/political/moral philosophy that builds on itself. Everything is interconnected, every issue is interconnected. Now they can't propose real solutions to so many of our present day problems because doing so would call attention to the true nature of their classical liberalism, which is radical by Democratic/Republican standards. So, my opinion is the Libertarian party needs to disband so it's philosophical successor can rise from the ashes with a more orthodox adherence to the principles of liberty, which necessary entails proposing radical solutions to problems rooted in oppression. If done properly, that new party could capture the extreme left from the democratic side and the extreme right from the republican side and leave the mainstream parties to fight over the shrinking population of centrist voters.
  6. As a Libertarian I prefer freedom, and when the State needs to step in and protect that freedom from an oppressive county government, then I am 100% in favor of that. Unlike you, I'm not done with this issue... I'm just getting started.
  7. I got my population statistics from this site: https://tnsdc.utk.edu/2021/08/12/2020-population-of-tennessee-counties-and-incorporated-areas/ Your sales tax data on page 15 showed the following for 2022 YTD State and Local tax revenue: Davidson = $96,307,311 ÷ 715,884 people = $134.53 per capita Williamson = $32,286,801 ÷ 247,726 people = $130.33 per capita That's only a difference of $4.20 per capita, meaning Davison county per-capita tax revenue is only 3% higher than Williamson. Where are you getting 25%? Not only is it business friendly, it's good for every single citizen. The state made sure housing would be *available* because regulating the price of housing below the market price is certain to create a housing shortage. Have you even heard of Venezuela? Government owned/run public transit is a boondoggle that destroys wealth by sinking billions into a capital asset that generates zero profit and actually loses money every year. By preventing that the state allowed capital to remain deployed in the economy for profitable business ventures. That's a huge economic win. So according to your standards China must have the highest quality of life in the world, right? Their per-capita infection rate is far below even the best US state... Absolutely. Organized labor in the US is more of a government institution because of the favorable legal treatment, and anything the state can do to limit the influence of federal regulators inside TN is a huge win for the state. I have no problem with employees organizing on their own, but once the government gets involved then it introduces massive economic inefficiencies that lower the standard of living for everyone. Tell that to the people who were working part-time at Wal-Mart or Dollar General before Nissan/Volkswagon/GM/Hankook/Nokian/Wacker/Denso/LG opened their factories in counties other than Davidson. I'm sure people in Michigan/Illinois/Ohio take great comfort in knowing they live in a RICH state every time their company chooses to close their factory and consolidate production into one facility that just happens to be located in Tennessee where there is no union. You might want to call Amazon and Oracle and let them know this right away then. Speak for yourself, I feel great! How about *you* strive for better using your own money and leave the rest of us out of it?
  8. Only since you asked... I will offer up this policy position that is sure to raise some eyebrows: Libertarians don't believe in immigration limits. I think all a person needs to do to become a US citizen is pass a background check to make sure they're not a violent criminal in their home country, pass a health check, and sign their name to a list of people who want to become US citizens. Done. I bet we could re-locate 10% of the world's population into our country during the first decade of that policy. By the second decade we could become more populous than India. Labor shortage solved.
  9. Davidson county has more population, so it's natural more tax revenue comes from there. On a per-capita basis Williamson county and Davidson county are practically equal. And Sevier county surpasses both of them by a long-shot. The question is what is enabling business to exist in Davidson county? What's the name of that stadium downtown? Nissan? Are there any Nissan factories or headquarters in Davidson county? Nope... I wonder where they could be? What's the name of that arena downtown? Bridgestone? Why is Bridgestone here and not in Akron Ohio? Because of the Bridgestone manufacturing that is... you guessed it... outside of Davidson county in Middle Tennessee. And because there is no income tax here. How many of those recent tech company announcements would have happened in TN if we had a state income tax? None, I say. And you can thank the rural counties for that because Davidson county residents (and Shelby) were the most pro-income tax back in the early 2000's during that whole fiasco. More recently: State blocked the AMP BRT project. State blocked Nashville affordable housing regulations. State overrode Nashville authority on COVID restrictions. Those are all small examples, but the biggest impacts are how the "Red" critical mass helps keep taxes low and organized labor at a minimum, which keeps new manufacturing moving to TN. Manufacturing may not mean much to you, but it's a primary source of well-paid middle class jobs in a lot of counties, especially in the rural counties. And unlike tourism that is "non-essential" and prone to collapse during an economic downturn, manufacturing is a lot more reliable and pays much better wages for full time work with benefits.
  10. The job of "buying up all the housing" is made easier by the government's complicity: Limiting the supply of housing to such a low level that it becomes an attractive target for investment firms to corner the market. If the free market were allowed to function and housing supplies could fluctuate with demand freely, then the investment firms would not be so quick to dump billions into a market that is not rigged in their favor by artificially limited supply. How about we completely de-regulate housing and land use and let the market build wide open? I would love to see those residential-property investment firms take a huge loss in terms of real-estate values and drastically lower rents. In my opinion it would serve them right for building a business model around government oppression. For a freedom-loving libertarian such as myself, nothing is quite so sweet as watching a huge corporation who's revenue was back-stopped by the government suddenly whither under the mercilessly unyielding pressure of the free market.
  11. It's interesting how common the belief is that Nashville/Davidson is supporting the surrounding counties when the opposite is clearly true. All of the manufacturing occurs in the surrounding counties, Davidson has very little manufacturing left. And remind me again where all of the corporate executives live... is it Davidson county? Nope - Williamson. Without Williamson county Davidson county would be a shell of its present form. If Davidson county included all surrounding counties and they were all under the jurisdiction of the Metro Nashville government, Nashville would be an economically declining failed city like Buffalo or Detroit or Cleveland. And it's not just the counties immediately surrounding Davidson that support Davidson. The rest of the state has the critical mass of "Red" voters to overpower the "Blue" voters in Davidson to prevent it from enacting anti-business legislation. So the rural counties continuously save Davidson from itself by preventing Davidson from destroying the tax revenue sources you seem to value so much.
  12. Here is a somewhat amusing hit piece bemoaning the impact of gentrification in Nashville... https://dnyuz.com/2022/07/06/the-shrinking-of-the-middle-class-neighborhood/
  13. If anything, the recession is a massive "buy signal" for equity to move into housing if prices are temporarily depressed and all other asset classes are under-performing at the moment. The simple truth is that people need housing, so it's a great investment regardless of where we are in the economic cycle. But the financial resources of those real-estate companies are not infinite... it would be possible to build so many houses that investment firms simply can't afford to buy them all. But doing that would require some major changes to laws that currently restrict the supply of housing.
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