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About vinemp

  • Birthday 09/07/1980

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    Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.
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    The South, rising again.

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  1. You'd love the 'Plan of Nashville: Avenues to a Great City'...
  2. Wow, this is a simple kinda really lovely, huh? (I'm really impressed by all these smaller hotels popping up.)
  3. If only the hardheaded folk wouldn't get in the way of public transportation, we'd actually [be] a major city. (And people would be able to get around the mess of pikes, limited actual thoroughfares, and highways-used-like-streets.)
  4. Look, our city and the majority of its people are infamously poor, but this is, in fact, plum beggarly. How dare we stoop so for such pitiful favor! ("A man/building is better than no man/building at all" seems a shameful and deleterious transgression.) With what bona fide and [fine] early 20th-century architecture---and truly [urban] bones---that Memphis has managed to save from both fools and famine, this is wholly disgusting. And we have no reason to be generous either. The design is tedious and rife and provides precisely nothing of aesthetic value to the [beautiful] neighborhood or to the [beautiful] park. It. Is. Ugly.
  5. Yes! We love it! Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
  6. Can't wait to see the new Vandy/Barnard Hall! Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
  7. Good piece! (I almost posted this last week. They also did a great series on public transit and highway removal!) Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
  8. For an ostensibly bigger person, you seem unduly bothered by my easy-to-follow writing. Your behavior in this exchange reveals you in a very disappointing light. But we know you better now... Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
  9. I thank you for suggesting forebearance. But it's difficult to overlook offense where it isn't veiled. And, since we can offend without actually offending here, I can take some satisfaction in pointing out that your blatant appeal to ethos, while perhaps true, doesn't resolve evidence of wanting comprehension and communication skills. 1. "This looks like Nashville" is an unambiguous description of a photo of Nashville (i.e. elementary, not LSAT) and, because it is so obvious, a comically ironic rebuttal to the comparison you proposed. 2a. "Nice pic" could refer to the quality of the photograph(y) or to the subject of the photograph. You clarified (confused?) which you meant when you followed with a reference to cities and regions rather than filters and focus. But this isn't​ the only time you lose yourself, is it? 2b. "Nice" is an evaluative term: it implies evaluation. You write that I "incorrectly assumed...some evaluative statement" only to offer "[o]nce again...just an evaluative comment". Well, which is it? 3. My reference to urban decay---for which the formerly highly industrial Midwest is infamous---is pertinent to the lack of urban decay in this photo of Nashville (i.e. arguing that it doesn't, in fact, look Midwestern; spurring you to clarify the criteria that led to your not-so-clear initial evaluation). 4. You didn't bring up my typographical error because it neither hindered the comprehensibility of my message nor was it relevant to the exchange. It's telling that, instead of responding in kind to my message, you gleefully display the editing skills of a sixth grader and call it macaroni. 5a. Periods aren't the only punctuation by which ideas might be marked or separated. We generally learn to employ them around the time we learn to communicate more complex ideas---well before law school for most. 5b. Read your initial post before you wax Arbitor of Orthography. (Moreso than accusing me of poor communication, this is where you committed offense.) 6a. "Manhattan"---being outside the Midwest---actually supports my estimation of the grid pattern being "erroneously" associated solely with that one region in American popular culture. (A J.D., huh?) 6b. Indeed, even a broken clock is right twice a day. "Solely" is a bit strident; "primarily", for example, might have been more reasonable. 7a. Let's try to remember that, far more often than not, computer-mediated communication [requires] greater attention to detail and consideration of potential meaning than face-to-face communication. 7b. We can easily remedy misunderstandings and avoid resorting to ad hominem attacks here. Ask for clarification and/or explanation before jumping to conclusions about tone and intention. Certainly, do this before interjecting puerile flourishes of pride of place and pay where execution of skill is more appropriate! We (i.e. you) shouldn't slough off our (i.e. your) responsibility for understanding on others. That's not a promising method for maintaining our online community. Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
  10. It really is lovely! Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
  11. You just presented industrial decay as a unifying rather than distinguishing feature of the regions, an entirely dissimilar projection from your initial statement. (We could say the same about the return to density that all the cities you mentioned share post 1990s.) Yes, the 90-degree grid pattern is very Americana, and is found in "newer", more westerly cities in the United States. It's culturally (though erroneously) associated with solely the Midwest. Obviously, Nashville and plenty more non-Midwestern, non-American cities have grid patterns. So, that alone couldn't very well serve to distinguish regions/countries very much either. I don't doubt that you were being perfectly candid, sharing your genuine impression. We share similar cultural cues; it's just that you overlooked the rather obvious (and in no way neutral) implication of your initial statement: Nice(-looking?) = non-Southern, easily mistaken for someplace else/nicer Tsk tsk. Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
  12. That's not quite a compliment, is it? Let's not conflate the density of urban decay for which much diminished Midwestern industrial centers are known for currently with the [reclamation] of populated places in close proximity for which even our Southern cities were once known. ;-) This looks like Nashville. Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
  13. Well, let's compare that parking to that of two stores in a similarly sized city (i.e. Brussels). Both are in areas that approach American suburb-like densities. The first is in the southwest and has a huge parking garage, as I recall. The second is up near the airport, way on the other side of town. Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
  14. Regardless of political bent, our popular culture is too rigid and, as a rule, our way of knowing valorizes the (limited) benefit of individual effort/individual benefit at the expense of concern for the family/neighborhood/community/city/state/region/country. It isn't a stretch to propose that Americans prefer benefits from taxes and international borrowing to be in solely verbal or military-industrial form, filtered by myopic corporate interests.
  15. Though I only stayed at the hotel once, I visited the first 21C quite a bit when I lived in Lexington (recurringly revelled at Proof on Main and ran into more than a few celebrities during Derby). Nashville is the right city for the brand. Y'all just wait...
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