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  1. I know you said "ONE of the main purposes" but, like the pedantic know-it-all that I am, I can't help but point out some other purposes, such as: accessibility--for transit, pedestrians, and drivers; proximity to other stuff people might want to do before and after a game; and inclusivity. The last might be symbolic and maybe not everyone feels this way, but the city is a welcoming place whereas the suburbs aren't.
  2. I came across this today and thought I'd share. Not sure how committed Nashville is to removing cars, but it did recently lower speed limits on all residential streets to 25mph. Some more physical traffic calming measures are needed because many drivers ignore the limits, especially on streets that are used as cut throughs. "Cars Will Take the Streets Back Unless Cities Act Quickly" https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/04/cars-will-take-streets-back-unless-cities-act-quickly/618615/
  3. Ruraljuror is my mother#$%ing hero Also, how about that Nashville economy eh?
  4. Without getting into a whole thing, transit will fail without walkability at both legs of the journey. Sidewalks (or some serious traffic calming) are a critical piece of any transit infrastructure. I should say, any successful transit infrastructure
  5. Because it's a visual that's uniquely Nashville . The skyline is unremarkable and (aside from AT&T) could be anywhere mid-sized city USA
  6. Nashville pre-interstate I love that building sitting atop a little niche on the bluff just below the School for the Blind in the lower left. Excellent use of available real estate!
  7. ^ There are. There is a separated bike lane that runs the length of Davidson St. starting at Shelby Bottoms all the way to Nissan Stadium with access to the pedestrian bridge which takes you to SoBro. There's also technically a bike lane along KVB bridge but it's not separated from vehicle traffic so it's... a bit dangerous. The new proposed lane looks to be a direct route from 5-Points area to downtown.
  8. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-02-01/urban-highway-removals-could-get-federal-help?srnd=citylab Federal Government looking to provide $10 billion for highway removal projects. Just posting for anyone interested in the idea
  9. ^ Sometimes, maybe. But within the sarcasm could be a legitimate concern that some people don't feel welcome, or safe, on Broadway
  10. The article mentioned that pedestrian fatalities (and injuries) are more likely to happen on high speed roads with few cross walks or sidewalks and where people still need to walk. So, like Dickerson Pike and Gallatin Pike which have seen at least 5 pedestrian fatalities this year alone. Furthermore, the article didn't really advocate for or give examples where pedestrians are encouraged to cross anywhere, anytime. It simply advocated for decriminalizing jaywalking which might have the ancillary effect of putting more responsibility on drivers as opposed to all the responsibility on pedestrians. The country with the safest roads, Norway, still has crosswalks and signals
  11. I'm saying that expanding interstates represents a lost opportunity to do something different. I'm saying that the proportion of federal transportation funds is weighted way too heavily in favor of roads and against transit. The federal gas tax is too low. I've linked to studies about the inefficacy of expanding highways so I'm not going to do that again. When you add capacity to a roadway, more people use the roadway until it reaches capacity yet again and you're back where you started. Instead of expanding I-24, policy makers in the region could have added transit, could have changed zoning to prevent a sprawling mess that is only served by I-24, could have instituted mandates or incentives for employers to offset their schedules to reduce traffic at rush hour or to offer employees cash value of their parking spot if they agree to take transit or carpool. Or any number of things
  12. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-10-16/jaywalking-laws-don-t-make-streets-safer?srnd=citylab Article on jaywalking laws and how they're detrimental to public safety as well as racially discriminatory--relevant in light of the rash of pedestrian fatalities recently here in Nashville (complete sentences are not in my repertoire this morning)
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