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  • Birthday 05/04/1947

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    Medieval reenactment society, gardening, prospecting, books, books & more books.

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  1. For over 30 years I provided food, clothing, blankets (but no money) to individual homeless persons who had the good sense NOT to rely on (IMO) the corrupt agencies like the Rescue Mission. These homeless I located in alleys, sidewalks that I traveled to and from work every weekday. The traffic was so bad, I roamed the downtown for an hour or more until the southbound traffic was reduced. i though spending the time I spent delayed in commuting could be put to a better use. I took several homeless into my own home once I counted them as friends. I know I kept at least a dozen of them from freezing to death by doing this. I was able to get several of them permanently off the streets and into safe and affordable housing... real apartments. I was also able to provide them with supprt sufficient for some of them to get and hold real jobs. I was also able to return a couple of them to their families in other cities. I am still in contact with a few of them so if you want to talk to them, I can arrange it. IMO "Those folks" I consider dangerous are the homeless who work the system and prey on other homeless either directly as victims of violence or those who prey on homeless through a false veil of religious piety. I carried more than one homeless man to the EMTs at the fire stations or led EMTs to overdosed homeless persons. I have also turned in several enablers who, for instance, bought and used illegal EBT cards as a regular businesss to proper authorities and shut them down. All of this was of course rather dangerous to myself, but I never got robbed or injured. Foolish i know, but I had no family to speak of left, so I decided to take that chance. I no longer do this since I retired and no longer go to downtown Nashville very often.
  2. If the same kind of crap with the homeless junkies was happening on Church Street when THIS photo was taken, I think the problem would have lasted about 10 minutes. Mollycoddling them is not going to work. Having worked for decades with homeless, I think these folks are clearly a danger to public safety.
  3. Old Hickory and Lebenon Pike. Must be an older view a there is a Five Guys & retail in the graded foreground area.
  4. i stayed there back in the mid 80s with a complementary room. King size bed, big hot tub spa in the bedroom with a mirrored ceiling of all things. Pretty kinky for Nahville at the time.
  5. Even if not, it is far cry from the homeless hangout that existed. Most of you may be unaware that there was a nasty tent city behind the old buildings and the railroad tracks there. To the left of the old building there was a shallow retaining wall where homeless men regularly slept or passed out. The alley across from it was (and is still) a repository of cast off clothing and passed out drunks. I do like the dark color scheme. I wish Haven was painted that color; it might be less offensive to the eye.
  6. Thanks. Over 50 years as an architect and working for many good firms has a lot to do with it though. I doubt I would have fared as well being a principal on my own. I only wish I had the time and energy to work another 3 or 4 decades to share my experience, though this forum keeps me involved and current at least about Nashville.
  7. "Subtleties, context, intangibles" huh? As a young architect working for Street and Street Architects when CarmichaelTowers was under design, I KNOW there were no such considerations involved. It was well known to the staff that the building was an ugly stepchild among the firm's réparateur at the time due to the constraints of Vandy to produce the student housing cheaply. I condered those ugly towers a scar on the face of Vanderbilt University for decades and was delighted to see them come down. While the Methodist publishing building was a building by Richard Keeble and a substantial structure, it was no architectural prize either IMO. Now... demolishing the L&C tower would be a greta tragedy as it was a vey unique design for the period which IMO rivaled one of Frank Lloyd Wright ( though like Wright, it failed to include adequate stair exiting originally). Sorry East Side, I do not agree with a museumism viewpoint. Old buildings should be preserved not because they are old and familiar, but are of outstanding beauty and design, of which the Holiday Inn Express is neither. Next door to it is a lovely old Gothic church to which I had the privilege of designing an addition years ago on the west side. I assure you I did consider "subtleties, context and intangibles" in designing the modest addition to the extent of actually reopening a decades closed quarry of Crab Orchard stone from which the original building was clad in order to as closely match the original as possible. Many decades of weathering and pollution made this unlikely to be a perfect match at the time, but several decades now have made the stone much more matched. I feel that "a brick building of about 10 stories" is not particuarly a good solution for a replacement any more than reconstucting the old streetcar barns on 3rd Avenue N. would be now in its resurgence of residential complexed around the ballpark. Your "glass box" statement is a very tired argument as design of glass boxes varies enormously. Is the Batman Buiding any less worthy of being a Nashvile icon as it is sheathed in glass? IMO, Nashville has a very reasonal number of "glass boxes" of many varying designs and appearances. I understand that you agree that the Express is ugly, but I do not fully agree about building low to medium height buildings back per se. Keeping buildings like the nearby Standard and the Frost are important but it is not necessary to surround them with duplicate scales and materials.Our city is evolving its own look and need not be constrained by any preconcieved prejudice of material or style. We, as citizens, live in an environment that changes as we live our lives and should not expect anything other than the best of our architecture should survive past our own lifespans. Room must be made for our successive generations experience.
  8. Some Preservation Good News from Memphis! This is an antebellum church which played a significant historical role in the Civil War. The abandoned church on Chelsea Avenue in North Memphis that dates back to the Civil War is planned to be restored and renovated for use as a tuition-free theater school operated by Hattiloo Theatre. The old Third Presbyterian Church, built in 1860 and also known as the Brick Church, was occupied by federal troops during the Civil War; the upper floor was used as a hospital and the lower floor sheltered horses, according to a historical marker on the building at Chelsea and North Sixth. - Mike Kerr
  9. Not really. For fairs and expositions back in that era, the majority of those massive buildings was wood construction coated in lathe and plaster to simulate stone. They were mostly torn down soon after the closing. The Parthenon was so popular, the deteriorating fair pavillion was rebuilt in concrete by popular demand in the mid 1920s. Simialarly, the Palace of Fine Arts in the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition was also recreated in permanent materials. In the Nashville event, some of the smaller exhibits were built conventionally, but none survive in Centennial Park. However one of the domed buildings, the Knights of Pythias Pavilion., was made of masonry and miraculously moved to a hilltop in Franklin by wagon and still exists today after having a massive restoration after decades of abandonment. I remember entering the huge vacant domed room several decades ago when it was full of weeds and small bushes.
  10. One thing the reporters failed to realize and report is that while many of the proposals will eventually fall through, an equal or greater number of NEW proposals may likely replace them. Many of them may be even taller assuming Nashville weathers an economic downturn similarly to previous ones. The kind of core growth Nashville is experiencing is fairly unlike many existing US cities. New York, Chicago and San Francisco do not have a plethera of surface parking lots and one story warehouses in the heart of their cores as we do. Likewise, once growth begins, we have seen cities like Dubai mushroom at an astounding pace. Nashville, of course, is no Dubai, but the concentration of cranes is remeniscent of that growth. I think that the blue proposals that will fall off Jason's model will be replaced given that there is a steady stream of new proposals on our forum. IMO it will take a MAJOR economic problem, perhaps as drastic as a Civil War, to derail the essence of the growth projection Jason created.
  11. IMO this is absolutely ripe for a massive residential development. The current use of storage is very low in income production for the owner and for a site under a single ownership, it is huge, Both Main and Woodland are major streets and the site already has eliminated the alley R.O.W. The site almost borders the protected overlay of Edgefield too. Proximity to the city park, the Turnip truck grocery, bus routes and the huge lot size make this a huge opportunity IMO. Further in towards town, I would not be surprised that the Catholic diocese will eventually cash in on their large property holdings as other churches in this area already have taken the money and run.
  12. There are not as many parking lots as you think would be available for development in this photo. There are two large block sized ones by the railroad, but most are to small plots or owned by Metro or the State which are going to unlikely to be available. I think sale and teardown of the remaining private businesses mat well happen though as the transition to residential around the ballpark is very strong and Germantown growth is awesome. My biggest expectation for another big development ihere is just above the top of this photo. Two big parcels are ripe for development, a block sized parking lot at the foot of the bridge and old one story commercial stuctures across 3rd from the ballpark IMO. I don't think existing zoning is going to be a huge obstacle.
  13. I added this to several non UP posts to clarify to many now commenting the context of the graphic. I thought folks should be aware that it is only a part of the whole development picture of Nashville. Too many IMO would think this is a complete synopsis. Therefore I added "This is ONLY illustrating the proposals in the core and down Broadway/ West End/ Church westward. This shows very little to nothing of the East Bank/ Germantown/ 4th Avenue S.proposed highrises. This graphic was made by PostRural, a friend on the Urban Planet Nashville site. There is at least as much red and teal NOT shown as there IS shown in these photos. Here is a typical new proposal on the hiil near the Fern Street overpass off Dickerson Pike. LOTS more like this proposed over there that are not shown on PostRural's graphic. This is just the tip of the iceburg folks." Perhaps as a service to folks not on our forum, y'all could add a similar disclamer. Congrats PostRural for creating a very informative post.
  14. Back in the days before Haven the L&C tower looked very tall. I had already graduated from collage when this last bit of the interstate was built downtown.
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