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  1. http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/12/when-a-developer-comes-for-your-little-neighborhood-park.html NY Mag article on the land swap
  2. Another one that I’m glad to see get developed but I’m sad to see go. A few of my friends had studios in that building and it was great for artists and small businesses. The Jazz workshop is a Nashville gem, too. I really hope it’s able to reopen somewhere else.
  3. So I was walking past yesterday and I noticed that PSC cleared out several lots along Davidson St. I’m not sure what this means or if it means anything, but these lots have always been piled high with vehicles and other scrap metal and this is the first I’ve ever seen them cleared out. Has there been any progress with their relocation efforts?
  4. I thought “Magic City” referred to Miami. People call Birmingham Magic City too?
  5. RIP to the Downtown Antique Mall, though. The Tennessee Antique Mall on Wedgewood already closed earlier this year, the flea market is being changed up and consolidated, and I feel like I can see the writing on the wall for the 8th Ave Antique Mall once their lease is up in a couple years. As an antique dealer in this town, I’m getting a little worried.
  6. If Church Street Park were to go grassless, it seems pretty redundant with 5/3 Plaza a block down the road. Personally, I’m in support of converting Anne Dudley Blvd into pedestrian space and building Paramount where the current park is.
  7. Panoramic from the pedestrian bridge. Nine cranes visible by my count, and a few more hidden behind the towers for this shot.
  8. TheRideShareGuy.com has a decent recap of charging Birds. A full charge on a single scooter costs about five cents in electricity and pays on average about $5, sometimes more depending on the scooter’s location. And yeah, you have to put it back out on the street by I think it’s 8am in order to get paid.
  9. NY Times: Nashville's Star Rises as Midsize Cities Break Into Winners and Losers https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/16/business/economy/nashville-birmingham-amazon.html
  10. https://www.citylab.com/equity/2018/12/nashville-church-street-park-real-estate-developer-homeless/576958/?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=citylab ^CityLab article on the fight for Church Street Park
  11. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/north-america/united-states/tennessee/nashville/printing-art-behind-country-music-city/ ^A write-up in National Geographic, mostly focused on letterpress printing with places like Hatch and Isle of Printing
  12. I’ll preface this with saying that I’m not part of the monied transplants so I can’t say with absolute certainty, but no, I would imagine that they don’t. I hear this a lot regarding “us vs them” situations. Memphians hate Nashville and believe that we’re all over here talking smack about them constantly. There was a thread recently on r/Tennessee where rural residents were casually mentioning how much city folk look down on them, which I rarely encounter here in the city. Baseless beliefs that others look down on you are harmful and almost never true.
  13. In my experience a lot of the hate has come from a certain faction of lower-middle class long-time residents. This city hasn’t just been growing, it’s been entering a new league—higher class residents moving in with higher incomes and nicer, larger new homes. Fancier cars, gentrified neighborhoods, hipper people... Fifteen years ago it was OK to live in a small weathered brick ranch and make $35k/year and not dress like an Instagram model and not know which cool beer to order or cool stylish restaurant to go to. I think a lot of the complaints come from people who suddenly feel negatively compared to everything that’s going on around them. Suddenly they’re living next to someone making triple their salary in a towering new construction with a Lexus in the driveway. People get threatened by that. Their self-esteem takes a hit and they feel like they’re being looked down on, and then they get defensive and deride transplants and growth and hipsters and developments. Their status as “natives” is the only thing they have and so they try to use it to knock others down. It’s tribalism. Yeah, in a sense they do want to go back to a Nashville with seedy peepshows on Broadway and hookers down Dickerson and dilapidated warehouses everywhere. They feel far more out of place in the new Nashville. They could grow with the city—we certainly have the opportunities here—but I guess many of them feel that they can’t, or they’re intimidated, or they’re set in their ways and just don’t want to.
  14. Tourism will suffer, but tourism everywhere will suffer, and that may leave Nashville as a previously unconsidered budget option for many.
  15. It’s all getting a bit hip for my liking. Take the WeGo down from SoBro into WeHo. Eat at PuckGro, round of TopGo, drinks at PineSo. Walk to BridgeSto for some IceHo...
  16. His wife, Mary Steenburgen, is an actress-turned-songwriter. Pretty sure they’re relatively new to Nashville. They’ve been joining in on some local songwriter retreats and functions over the past year.
  17. There are some great photos in this: https://www.npr.org/sections/pictureshow/2018/11/18/664453278/a-love-letter-to-a-changing-nashville-in-photographs?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=2047
  18. Hotel Review: In Nashville, Time Traveling to the 70s: The Fairlane Hotel, set in a converted bank building, pays homage to its past without taking it too seriously. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/17/travel/hotel-review-nashville-fairlane.html?partner=IFTTT
  19. The Brian Paul Hotel/Resort is still happening. I just spoke with some of those guys a couple weeks ago. Fender just signed on as a sponsor to supply guitars to all of their writing rooms and recording studios.
  20. and eventually the Sun will grow into a red giant and consume the Earth.
  21. I’ve been driving Lyft part-time for about a year now and it’s really given me such an insight into the people from all walks of life that make up this city. Nashville provides unprecedented opportunity for those in the lower class. Just last week, I was driving around a previously unemployed middle-aged man who had moved here from Little Rock six months ago and was ecstatic that he was able to find a construction job for $17/hour. He was renting a single bedroom in a house in the TSU area and was trying to convince his son, who has also been struggling financially, to move to Nashville too, and then the two of them would rent an apartment together. That might not sound like a lot to some people, but for those who have struggled with finding employment—and employment above minimum wage—and being able to afford any comfort, Nashville is Mecca. A few days before that, I gave a ride to a young guy who said he had been homeless and unemployed in Flint for *three years*! He saved up enough money for a bus ticket and came to Nashville with a backpack and no money whatsoever. Within three days he had a decent-paying serving job and a room to rent. Nashville has a large amount of halfway houses and rehabilitation programs. All the time I pick up people from East Tennessee or Mississippi or rural Georgia that were spiraling in their hometowns and found good lives for themselves in Nashville. I rent out bedrooms in my house to young musicians first moving to town, and all of them have gone on to prosper in their careers and gotten apartments of their own a year or so after arriving here. I understand the frustration with rising rents, but I think too often people lose sight of just how much incredible opportunity exists in this city. I’ve seen it uplift far more people than not. We live in a beautiful place.
  22. This is all I wished for. I feel like a kid on Christmas.
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