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  1. There might still be time to submit input on how these contracts are finalized. Here's the metro website for the Transportation Licensing Commission (A Division of Public Works) and contact info: Looking at these memos, there's language about "dedicated and preferred parking areas where SUMDs can park without penalty as long as they are properly parked and upright... [and] 3. Parking an SUMD outside of a corral within the restricted parking zone shall result in a $10 fine assessed upon the operator. The fine shall be remitted to the Metropolitan Government within 60 days. Operators are not prohibited from seeking reimbursement of such fines from users whose actions incurred the assessment of fines." Shared Urban Mobility Device (SUMD) Memo: https://www.nashville.gov/Portals/0/SiteContent/TLC/docs/SUMD-StreetParkingMemo.pdf SUMD Restricted Zones Map https://www.nashville.gov/Portals/0/SiteContent/TLC/docs/SUMD-RestrictedParkingMapDowntown.pdf These restrictions are limited to the most tourist-heavy parts of downtown only. A city-wide policy seems like a no brainer, so maybe I just haven't found that yet.
  2. There should be a carrot and stick way to keep the scooters used and parked correctly. Riders could recieve a credit for parking the scooters in designated areas. There could also be a fee for leaving them strewn across sidewalks.
  3. This Tennessean headline is very misleading, even though the article itself seems pretty on point. Nowhere in the article does it describe Councilmembers "gutting" the transportation plan. It's been remedied somewhat by an edited headline - now when you click the link, the word "Gutted" has been replaced with with "Slammed." I guess a headline reading "Council Voices Legitimate Concerns" doesn't pack much of a punch. It's true the plan does rely heavily on "opportunistic finding" such as grants, but with the city's budget issues being what they are, the immediate options seem pretty limited. Nashville is one of the only metroplitan areas without dedicated fuding for transit. Whenever we finally get around to approving that, it will help the city's annual budget process, because transit will not be competing with schools, police, etc for funding. In the current Transportation Plan, there is a proposal to seek dedicated funding for transit some time between 2023 and 2026. This is on a timeline image on page 157. By the time 2023 rolls around, and there's another movement towards dedicated fiunding, we will hopefully have the pandemic in the rearview mirror, and we'll have an even better idea of what the city needs transportation-wise. In the meantime, the Metro Council should have time to continue contributing feedback to make the plan better, and it looks like that is becoming the case. The best response to the plan that I've seen is from Walk/Bike Nashville, so here's a link to that: https://www.walkbikenashville.org/mayor_cooper_s_transportation_plan A few highlights: Equity and Meaningful Community Engagement. Equity should be embedded in the prioritization and selection of projects in a way that is transparent to everyone. As the plan is written now, we have concerns about how and if equity will be central to the selection and implementation of projects. In its current iteration, the plan is so broad most community members cannot give meaningful feedback that is specific to their experiences. Departmental Staffing Levels. Staffing levels at departments responsible for transportation, especially at Metro Public Works and Metro Planning, are at all time low. Goals with Measurable Outcomes, Timelines and Funding. While we applaud the broad goals included in the plan; the plan lacks specific measurable outcomes that will help us understand progress toward those goals. Without a funding plan with identified dedicated revenue sources, we have real doubts about how elements of this plan will ever move forward.
  4. I remembered seeing that further up in Baronakim's post - Here's hoping the old Firestone building doesn't get Jiffy Lube'd too.
  5. This has always interested me too, so i jumped down the rabbit hole - Ellington Parkway, Route 31E used to be part of the old national highway network, in the pre-Interstate Highways era. Apparently Route 31E and Gallatin Road used to be the same corridor. The present-day alignment with access ramps was built during the Parkways era, during Nashville "Urban Renewal" in the 1960s. This is when James Robertson Parkway bulldozed its way through downtown, crossed the river and terminated at the entrance to Ellington Parkway. With the addition of I24 in 1970, the huge spaghetti intersection was born. It takes up about as much space as the central business district. Planning and Transportation agencies have studied the area pretty extensively, and looked at ways to improve it. There's some great PDFs out there, and if I find more I'll add them to the thread. Nashville's pre-interstate aerial view: The old Streetcar Network:
  6. I found a 2019 email from the Civic Design Center about this. The links in the email dont work anymore, but I took some screen shots.
  7. This is a good article about Mayor Cooper's updated Draft Transportation Plan. The only thing off is the last sentence about Metro Council voting on it in Novemeber. I've read other articles that say the plan would be presented to Councilmembers in early 2021. https://www.nashvillescene.com/news/pith-in-the-wind/article/21143680/mayors-office-releases-longer-draft-of-transportation-plan?fbclid=IwAR2j5H37vCI7WHn-rE71MnsPbwCkrBZYpf8T8mIboxZlGcW19UfcalDR-w0 Here's a link to an updated draft of Mayor Cooper's Draft Transportation Plan: https://www.nashville.gov/Portals/0/SiteContent/MayorsOffice/docs/Transportation/Metro-Nashville-Transportation-Plan-2020.pdf?fbclid=IwAR30_Oe_EDyUW2x3m7Lq3sQvKkfwgt_xoostH0eUjatbak2R5JFgjx3HpCc The public comment period is wrapping up soon, on Oct 31st. Here's a link to the survey for more feedback on the draft: https://hub.nashville.gov/s/request-type/a0ut00000015BiqAAE/transportation-plan-survey?language=en_US&fbclid=IwAR2Il3mKxLVYDIi7ReFqqothe4CjWPxBSsH1oQy_jxJzGuLJE-fmA_haMqY These are two Neighborhood Transit Centers. They're referenced in Section 2's "Financial Strategies for Transportation"
  8. The newer building surely has some improved functionality on the inside. From the outside, the architecture isn't doing much. These are the buildings that used to be there.
  9. The stone wall dates back to the original Cleveland Park urban streetcar neighborhood - so maybe between 1910 and 1930. This is the house that was there, from Google streetview 2012. It was torn down between 2016 and 2019. For more context and history, the Neighborhood Story Project is doing great work. This is their video about Cleveland Park.
  10. Now here's a good looking building. It reminds me of a couple local structures that have been lost over the years. When new construction like this come along, it almost eases the pain of losing some landmarks. Almost. Highways and Transportation building on Charlotte Pike Lentz Public Health building on 23rd Ave N
  11. The Owen Education Center building was beautiful. It is sad to see it go. What a shame that it was it wasn't saved and incorporporated into the new designs.
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