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  1. Unpopular opinion: I know it was trashed quite a bit at first, but dare I say it actually turned out looking better than all of the non-Omni and non-The Joseph hotels south of Broadway. (yes, I know it's an extremely low bar to achieve and thus doesn't mean much)
  2. Motel 6 and Red Roof Inn *USED* to be Accor hotels. Red Roof Inn was sold to Citigroup in 2007 and Motel 6 was sold to The Blackstone Group in 2012.
  3. The State of Michigan did do a number of things to add insult to Detroit's injury. One of those things was severely limiting Detroit's ability to anex more annd when it was booming during the early/mid 20th century. As Nashville was able to merge with Davidson County with little pushback, it's virtually impossible for Detroit to do the same with Wayne County. If it did so today, it would become the country's 5th largest city (again) Moving the main public research university to the boonies (University of Michigan) in the 1800s didn't help either. Detroit could be more like Pittsburgh with Carnegie Mellon with its funky tech start-up scene if U of M were still in the city. Also, lifting the residency requirement for municipal workers in the late 1990s didn't help. It basically paved the way for what was left of the city's dwindling middle class tax base to bleed into the suburbs. In a way, Detroit's downfall and the ways the State of Michigan exacerbarted it has come back to bite the state, as it has gone from being one of the fastest growing and wealthiest states in the country to one with a rapidly aging/stagnant population and one of the poorest states in the country.
  4. Seems to be unofficially official according to the below link. https://murfreesboro.com/getting-costco/
  5. Birmingham is definitely a sleeper. It's only a matter of time before it takes off IMO. Its main drawback now is that it lacks an "IT" factor. It's ot a tourist destination like Nashville and it's not a corporate hub like Charlotte or Atlanta. I've only been to LA, but the people there are surprisngly courteous for it to be such a big, crowded city. Not sure what it vouod be (maybe the weather?).
  6. Nissan, Ford and CHS combined add up to 6,000 high-paying jobs, and that's just in Franklin. Is that not enough?
  7. This along with the Embassy were probably the more highly anticipated projects for me. Definitely good to see they've both broken ground.
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