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About archilove

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  1. Love trains, Love train noise! Have many pleasant associations from childhood riding the Royal Palm from Detroit to Chattanooga for summer visit with Dad.
  2. archilove

    Green Hills/Belle Meade Projects

    If I had not read the above I would not have known Green Hills was so awful. I've enjoyed it for many years, thinking of it as the most upscale mall in Nashville. And the traffic has never been a problem because I use the back roads. Having lived here many years I have become acquainted with a set of back roads that helps me get anywhere in town without encountering heavy traffic.
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    Has Nashville gone up in city tiers?

    That's why I said "city" population. But your right . I was inconsistent. Its probably more accurate to use the metro area populations. Glad my old town is coming back. Have been to the Fisher theater there (beautiful!) I used to go down to the river to see Guy Lombardo race his boat in the Silver Cup Races, and during World War 2 saw the government-staged mock invasion of Canada. I'm extremely old.
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    Has Nashville gone up in city tiers?

    UrbanP, where did you live in Detroit and when? My experience there goes way back to a time when Detroit was the fifth biggest city in the country. I lived on Meadowbrook, Montclair, St. Clair and Glover, and attended Lingemann Elementary and Foch Junior High. I hope this doesn't sound like I'm trying to establish my credentials, as I don't really care who is right or wrong here. I'm just curious about a fellow Detroiter. I knew of people like Hal Newhouser, Les Bingeman, Dizzy Trout, Freddy Hutchinson, Hank Greenburg, and Al Kaline. I once played catch with Vic Wertz, and attended the same junior high as Betty Hutton (not at the same time). My great uncle was a foreman at Chrysler and my stepdad worked at Dodge. My mother worked in the Book Building and my grandmother worked at J.L.Hudson's. All of these places are gone except for Foch and the Book Building.
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    Has Nashville gone up in city tiers?

    My "guesstimates" weren't based on any research, but more on what I had been drinking that day. But regarding Detroit, if you are talking about just the city and not metro area, Detroit has lost a million people over the last few decades and is only slightly larger than Nashville's city population. Worse than that, part of it looks like Dresden after World War 2. My old neighborhood in East Detroit off of Jefferson has been completely bulldozed, including the commercial buildings. Take a look at it on Utube. City populations are hard to compare because of the disparity in claimed square mileage. Houston claims city population of 2.5 million based on I believe 660 square miles. I have heard that Nashville claims anywhere from 450 to about 500 square miles. Memphis claims a larger city population than Nashville, but Nashville has almost twice the metro area population. As to Milwaukee, Las Vegas and Orlando, I wasn't considering tourism.
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    Has Nashville gone up in city tiers?

    Are we talking city, metro area? Are we including tourist business, and why would we? New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, Washington, Boston, Dallas, Atlanta, Miami, San Francisco, Seattle are my first tiers. Baltimore, Kansas City, San Antonio, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Tampa, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Denver are my second. Nashville, Austin, Charlotte, Memphis, Jacksonville, Indianapolis, Louisville, Detroit, Cleveland, St. Louis, Birmingham, New Orleans, Richmond, Salt Lake City, Portland (O), Las Vegas, Buffalo, Cincinnati are my thirds. These are just my guesstimates and I probably left somebody out.
  7. The Westin has a classy interior and a stylish rooftop lounge. Its a big improvement over the Methodist Bookstore.
  8. Black Elvis' daily hangout is the corner of the McDonald's lot in Bellevue where he says to everyone he sees "you rock!" He always has an upbeat attitude. His dream is to go to Las Vegas and parachute from a plane in his Elvis outfit.
  9. Omni's a nice hotel. It has good restaurants on the ground floor and the exterior space between it and MCC is striking. I much enjoy using it.
  10. I thought of Detroit after I made my post. I grew up there. At the time Detroit was the 5th biggest city in the country with a population of 1,800,000 and the Penobscot Building was its tallest. My mother worked in the Book Building at Virginia Farrell's Beauty Salon and was also a "Rosie the Riveter" during World War 2, making P-38's. The trouble with Detroit today is that while the downtown is a museum piece feast for the eyes, a significant part of the surrounding area has been decimated. I didn't mean to say that I didn't like glass structures, but only that I preferred a mix of stone and glass, old and new, a city with heritage and texture.
  11. How about New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, maybe San Antonio. The Chrysler Building is my favorite New York skyscraper which I enjoy anew every time I see it. People fly thousands of miles and pay thousands of dollars to see old Paris. La Defense is a bore. But I am enjoying Nashville's development.
  12. The older elements are the eyecatchers on this project, but I do think they did a good job of adding new pieces that work well with the old.
  13. This project is very attractive and I haven't one negative thing to say about it except that, well, glass has a look of impermanence about it. Couldn't we have some other materials? Cities which came of age much earlier than Nashville have tall structures of stone and marble that are a feast for the eye and give a character to the skyline that glass does not create.
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    JW Marriott - 385' - 34 Floors

    The framework sticking up on top of the building is about the same width as the letters in the rendering. Could it be a support for them? Maybe there is going to be something there in addition to the letters. They have already departed from the rendering, so anything goes.
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    CBD/SoBro/RutledgeHill/Rolling Mill Hill Projects

    Like the style of this.