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  1. Common theme, no. But common building material yes. Older buildings were built with a dark orange brick. Newer (modern era and now) are built with a lighter colored brick. The library, as a bridge between the two, combines both. Dark on the bottom, light on the top. There are exceptions such as the concrete art and arch. building. I haven't been back to the campus since I graduated in 03, but I don't really remember too many bad buildings. Certainly the 60s modern, car-oriented development hurt the pedestrian, walkable nature of the campus. You see a lot of driveways and parking lot
  2. Thanks Timmay. It's good to see somebody get out there and take some pictures, even if they're from the window of a moving car. By the way, the Rhythm has to be one of the worst condo projects in the history of the world. Definitely takes over from Bristol on Broadway for worst in Nashville. I drove by 1700 Midtown a while ago. It's, um, interesting. I'll try to get out and take some photos some day, but you're right, so lazy and too cold.
  3. Cool, that must have been an interesting time to be in Seoul, what with the coming of the Olympics, the transformation of the country from dictatorship to democracy and whatnot. It's still quite an interesting place, certainly not the most beautiful city architecturally, but there is more than enough beauty in the natural environment, the people, food and culture to make up for it. Anyway, I hope some of you guys and gals in Nashville get back out there with your cameras and document the progress of Nashville's built environment. While there might not be a surfeit of projects on the ho
  4. Thanks for the comments all. Hank, I share your optimism about the future of the in-town area, I'm sort of informally brainstorming on how I can play a part in future growth personally. Indeed the last photo isn't, in fact, Nashville as viewed from Love Circle, but rather the mega city, Seoul from Mt. Gwanak.
  5. Nashville looks super-dense and built up from this Love Circle vantage point.
  6. Just because things seem a little bleak around the forums these days, I thought that I'd dump some old photos. Nothing too spectacular, just trying to focus on some the overlooked areas and buildings, both good and not so good, sort of an opportunity to reflect on the good and bad of the past and present. I took some photos of a couple of buildings that are usually seen fro a car window rather than on foot. Also, wanted to bring some attention to the meager retail offerings in downtown, so much potential. Former home o
  7. The world is powered by happy thoughts? Look, optimism from a group of largely anonymous forum members is not going to help anything get built, likewise it's not going to tear anything down. Alex Palmer and associates deserve all the criticism they have gotten and may receive in the future for tearing down a historical structure and replacing it with a massive, water filled, hole in the ground, at a prominent intersection in Nashville no less. For all this talk about blight and eminent domain in regards to the Lionstone development and Ms. Ford's little building, maybe the city shou
  8. Here's an editorial from Pith in the Wind discussing why the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce has suddenly decided to take a hands off approach to the MTC. Take a look at the comments for some discussion about vacancy rates and economic development strategies. Thanks to S-Town Mike over at Enclave-Nashville for posting this on his blog.
  9. Like with anything, it's a matter of degree I'm sure with miles of gray area to get lost in and ensure that no common understanding or compromise can ever be reached. We could also throw into our/my definition something about zoning and usage. Single use zoning encourages development on more land rather than less. I would consider those areas you have mentioned sprawl, yes, because they are single use and require additional land to build more single use services, retail and office rather than incorporating those uses into the residential mix or vice versa. I would consider any area of
  10. Richard Lawson is on record saying that not all 600 acres will be developed at once but rather as tenants are signed or as demand demands. Could you imagine the folly of building the entire complex on spec all at once without having tenants to fill it up? What a fiasco that would be. Of course, the pretty pictures and videos with the idyllic sounds of nature and the fully built out magnificence are all part of the sales presentation, but will it ever get there is the question.
  11. Can we follow this brilliant line of reasoning to include everything ever built by man, since obviously, we had to start initially building on otherwise pristine wilderness or farmland? Unless that is, there's a missing verse in Genesis including a passage about God creating the urban developments fully formed. Thanks, Shuzilla, that was helpful. Instead of being obstinate for the sake of it, how about refining the definition in a helpful way.
  12. Agreed, I didn't distinguish between inner city and suburban Nashville schools because, even with suburban style office parks within Davidson County, the problem of quality schools remains throughout the county. I thought this would be clear when I stated MTC wouldn't change that fact and this stigma would remain a barrier for attracting re locations. Okay, I think a good definition of sprawl would be development on green fields. Places with no or limited infrastructure already in place. Developments that would require a complete outlay of new infrastructure: sewers, roads (traffic
  13. Your arguments ignore the fact that Nashville has suburban, campus type office developments. New and old, in Green Hills, Metro Center, in the South East around the airport, West End, etc. It has new urban office developments in downtown, midtown and Music Row. There is plenty of available brown field and developed land left for more. I think you over sell your point when you say the vast majority of companies choose the surrounding counties. I think, with the exception of Nissan, most new businesses that start up in the surrounding counties are made up of people from those very counties.
  14. Wow, that's one slippery slope you're sliding down there Hankster. Care to connect the dots in that great, unsubstantiated chain of causation or are we supposed to just swallow it whole? That's like saying, if you don't support the war in Iraq, then you support oil dictators. Or, if you vote for Obama, America will become a fundamentalist Islamic state and our women will have to wear veils and baby seals will be clubbed to death. Huh?
  15. Yeah, the building itself is already tacky enough, some tasteful signage at the bottom might class it up a little.
  16. Although the article was a little confusing as to the location--does it front E.Main or Middle TN somewhwere between E.Main and Mercury?--I'm really excited about this. If the latter is the case the development won't really be adjacent to campus, although still really close. I also live on 2nd and think M'boro has missed the boat for far too long in regards to urbanizing the areas adjacent to campus. It would be great to reintegrate commercial spaces into all the great neighborhoods between downtown and campus. The grid is there, as well as sidewalks in most areas. I'm sure many residents
  17. ^There's nothing to take pictures of, excepting lame suburban office parks and retail surrounded by asphalt wastelands. It would be a waste of time, battery/film, gas, etc. to go around documenting that junk. Happy Easter.
  18. ^I think there's a law stipulating that all new residential construction downtown must include a certain number of parking spaces per resident. Can't remember the exact ratio. Anyone with more energy or more concern for this project's viability might check on the veracity of that statement.
  19. Great photos, Chris. Seems like you're really enjoying your new camera, hopefully you'll stay on it and maybe you can quit your job and just take pictures full time.
  20. Indeed it will be. If West End ever becomes a pedestrian blvd., this project will fit right in. Next?...
  21. Homey, please. I would pay to ensure that this thing doesn't get off the ground. Even if it was a good project, "me" and most of the people I've met on this forum couldn't afford a unit in this piece. Why don't you buy a unit for a vacation spot outside of the "urban" hell that is Atlanta.
  22. Wow, you covered lots of ground and took some great, informative photos. It was hotter than the dickens again today, too. Any new gossip or news revealed at the meet?
  23. So what's Metro's continued role in this? Do they sell the land to the developers or lease it as planned for the ballpark? How does that affect possible development? Does the Council hold out for supposed bigger and better things in order to flex its muscle or for members to get their names behind a big project? Maybe Metro can lease it less than market value and stipulate below market-rate rentals or condos be built. That way, the developers aren't "forced" to build super tall as well and the area can be a high density, low to mid-rise development which will preserve views to the river a
  24. The Pinnacle site: Can we please get some mixed-use development going here. Anyone heard any news? This parking lot across from the Schermerhorn is an ideal spot for bottom floor cafes and restaurants with outdoor seating. Nashville has such a tremendous asset with the pedestrian bridge, any developers with some vision or at least a modicum of brains could really get things moving in this area.
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