Predsboy18

Members
  • Content Count

    28
  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

160 Excellent

About Predsboy18

  • Rank
    Unincorporated Area

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Antioch/Priest Lake, TN

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. Predsboy18

    Another Predsboy18 Rant

    If you'll allow me a space to rant, I'll move ahead, or if this should be in a particular thread, rather than its own, I apologize. It's been a while since I've posted on here, through rant, photo, or comment, but this one came to me at work today. It's about the near vitriolic hatred some around here have about the growth and development. On Facebook (yes, I know, the great bastion for free and open dialogue that it is) I'm a member of a couple of groups that discuss the history of the city, and for most of the time, it is indeed that, but too often, it turns into an indictment on the city itself. I don't know that anyone is to blame for the explosion, and let's face it, even the most optimistic among us coudn't have seen this coming 20 years ago. We were still the misfit city, still Atlanta's little brother, still that little hick town with 500k people. Yes, the growth has been insane to say the least, to a point where even I, someone whom years ago dreamed of Nashville stepping out of the shadows, and taking its place among the big boys, even I sometimes stop and think about how we might be growing too fast. I soon realize that with the growth, comes opportunities, and from that, comes the opportunity to shake the hillbilly image that's been emblazoned on our great city since who knows when, and reinforced by images on TV and in film. This has been an opportunity for us to make the city of Nashville what we all want it to be, and I don't think I'm talking out of turn when I say "all of us" either. We wouldn't have monthly meetings if this wasn't happening, or at least they'd be over a lot sooner than they are. I'd say we're all pretty hawkish on development, and we might not always agree on all subjects, but we do believe that we have an unique opportunity, and that the city must embrace it. Sadly, some feel differently. On these Facebook pages, which I won't name, people reminisce about what Nashville was, which is nice, I certainly like to look back to see how far we've come. These pages also breed something very dangerous, it's a sort of "Nativism" among long time residents, that wish Nashville would "go back to how it used to be", and want to stop the growth. I see their point, only to the fact that the infrastructure has been desperately lagging behind the pace of development, and the State of Tennessee has proven to be completely useless at best, and adversarial at worst. Yes, traffic can be horrid at times, but 85-90% of the time, a slowdown is all you'll get, not complete gridlock. The only way that really happens is if there's a wreck somewhere. I'm always curious to wonder what time these people would like to go back to. Is it the 50s-60s, when everything was downtown? (An ironic approach if you ask me) Is it the 70s and 80s, a time when strip clubs and adult theaters dominated Lower Broad, and you didn't go downtown unless you had business there? Perhaps it's the 90s, the transition when a number of buildings were boarded up because the porn shops had been run out, but other businesses hadn't caught on. I question their logic as well. Why WOULD you want to go back to another time? Right now, infrastructure issues aside, this is the best time ever to be in Nashville. With the exception of the "theme bars" which pollute Lower Broad, the nightlife here has never been as vibrant. There is quite literally something to do every night of the week, a concert at every venue several nights a week, major acts make Nashville a destination, and the conventions that come here, thanks to the Music City Center, have made numerous companies want to relocate here, whether small scale, or moving a corporate headquarters here. We live in the best times this city has ever known, but even with all that, there are those that will complain. I also get the point that with the growth comes the closing of businesses we've grown up with, but that's the price for progress. In one comment in one of the groups, the individual made perhaps the best point when they said that "The Nashville you used to know paved over the Nashville someone else used to know", and that's the truth. What we long time residents consider our memories, replaced the memories that others had. It's progress. It's not always pretty, but that's the price you pay to live in a city that is changing for the better. I don't like every facet of it, namely the "tall skinnys" that pollute the historic areas of the city, but as they come now, they will be gone one day, replaced by the building fad of that day. One thing I wonder is how many of those that complain about the development go to hockey or football games. That was growth and development. How about those that go to Providence in Mt. Juliet, or The Avenue in Murfreesboro? that's growth and development. Or Opry Mills, or the Music City Center, or any of the other countless buildings and developments that have sprung up in the region over the past 2 decades. You can't like this one, but hate that, it's all a part of the growth of the region as a whole. As Nashville continues to grow, something that shows few signs of slowing, it becomes imperative that the city adapt to that growth in the best ways that it can. Creating a regional transportation plan that doesn't just put more buses on the road. Nashville is still in the middle of an amazing renaissance, and as part of this group, we can help shape this city to be the best it can be by consulting with our leaders, and getting our ideas out there. Progress is inevitable, and there are those that will fight kicking and screaming to stop it, but eventually we will do what's best for our city.
  2. Predsboy18

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

    Thanks Ron. I also think 5th and Broad could be fun to watch from this vantage point as well, but you would definitely have a front row seat for the courthouse.
  3. Predsboy18

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

    The addition to the Library parking garage means it’s now open at the top, rather than the cavern that it once was. So of course I went up to take pics!
  4. Predsboy18

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

    After the SC match on Saturday, I decided to head to the top of the parking garage next to the stadium, and got a few shots.
  5. Predsboy18

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

    Ohio and Virginia are playing at Vanderbilt due to Hurricane Florence, and at the time, it was uncertain where exactly the storm would hit. Thankfully, the storm missed Charlottsville, but we know what it's been doing to the Carolinas. That being said, ESPN (or ACC Network) is carrying the game, and talked to the AD of Virginia, and during that time, they did some establishing shots of around the stadium when this one popped up.
  6. Predsboy18

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

    I completely agree! I grew up off Nolensville near OHB, and for many years could tell you what was in a lot of those places. Yeah, it could look better, but there's something about those little strip centers and buildings that had character.
  7. Predsboy18

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

    Some photos I took after yet another Liverpool win this morning. First is looking at the future Nashville Yards from 8th & Commerce. Certainly an interesting view without the buildings of the Lifeway Campus there. Next is 8th & Broad with the new and old. (A favorite subject of mine. Next is the Bento Box project on 4th Ave S. I took a side trip over to Kline Ave., and it's amazing that as close to downtown as it is, it seems as though it's miles away. Driving down Nolensville Rd, the new stadium is going to do wonders for the stretch around the fairgrounds, and it's interesting to think of what Nolensville Rd, particularly between the fairgrounds and Harding Pl. will look like in 10 years. I wonder if something would be done along that route to tie the stadium and the Zoo together and activate the whole corridor. Certainly mass transit could be a game changer for the corridor, but without it, changes will be slower. Past Harding, it's a mix of established businesses, and Hispanic businesses that I feel are essential to Nashville. Interested to hear everyone's thought's on the future of Nolensville Rd.
  8. Predsboy18

    Soccer in Nashville

    Is the track still going to be viable in 2048? Not to be cynical, but that's projecting a long way out for an area that's ready to burst. I'm also curious to see how the track figures into the future of the city.
  9. Predsboy18

    Soccer in Nashville

    If Sacramento is passed over again, their fans are going to be LIVID. This is already the 2nd or 3rd time (I believe) that Sacramento has been high on the list, but passed over for another city.
  10. Predsboy18

    Soccer in Nashville

    I like Nashville Union of those suggested, as it would be a nice historical reference, especially considering the location of the stadium, and its proximity to Fort Negley. Still, I'm hoping for Nashville FC, or FC Nashville if they don't keep the SC moniker.
  11. Predsboy18

    West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    That's kind of the angle I went with here in my post, regardless of the prenup, his reputation is going to take a massive hit, and it might force his hand. The Carnival Kia guy, and his name escapes me as well, had to sell out almost immediately after everything became public. Despite the changes, Nashville is still a city built on reputation, and if the allegations are in fact true, he might need to start listening to potential buyers now. I'm sorry that this turned into a "circus" for lack of a better word, but my angle was purely about the property, not the man, as much as I may not like him.
  12. Predsboy18

    West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    I don't mean progress in the political sense, rather progress in the sense that Nashville needs certain things to continue to move forward, and grow, and Beaman has been quite opposed to those things, i.e. any mass transit, the "English Only" bill. This has nothing to do with his politics, and more to do with him being a proverbial, and pardon the pun, roadblock, to those ideals.
  13. Predsboy18

    West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    My apologies. If it does need to go elsewhere, by all means move it there, but I'm looking at this purely from the standpoint of what might happen to the land along Broadway that I'm sure developers are salivating to get their hands on. I may have interjected a little prejudice into it, seeing as I'm not a fan of his, but this was mostly in reference to what could happen to his dealerships.
  14. Predsboy18

    West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    I agree, but I also believe, again, as you say, political affiliation notwithstanding, that with the kind of money he has, brings power, and more dangerously, a sense of infallibility that that person can do no wrong, and that they have an almost "bubble" around them. Too often this is true, but as we find out, when someone is able to pop that bubble, and the details are laid bare, it's usually something like this; perhaps not as bad as this, but it's often bad.
  15. Predsboy18

    West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    Not sure if this was posted elsewhere on the board, and if so, move it there, but the details of Lee Beaman's divorce came out earlier today, and if you haven't read them, it's pretty disgusting. His wife is entitled to about $4.3 million per the prenup, but the details that came out could end Lee Beaman's career here in Nashville. I'm sure not many of us would be shedding tears over that, as he's spearheaded numerous campaigns against progress in Nashville, and in addition to that eyesore of a car lot on primo property. Looking at the Parcel Viewer on Metro's website, a conservative estimate would put the property value at around $20 million, but with some of the details that have come out in the divorce case, he had better sell fast if he wants to make any money on the property, because before long, I could very well see him getting only $12-$15 million out of the property, if the allegations are in fact true. Just wanted to get everyone's thoughts on this.