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  1. That's a whole lot of inferences to draw from a simple statement--increasing capacity does not reduce congestion. And the caveat that yes, you increase capacity, but now you just have more people jammed in traffic. And really that's all I'm saying. Would I prefer the amount of the budget for this project allocated to expanding traffic lanes to be spent on just about anything else? Probably. Does that mean I hold a grudge against suburban Suburban-driving V-levels? I don't even know what that is. I'm also a working class guy who drives everywhere because that's what I have to do but I would muc
  2. Don't take my word for it: https://www.vox.com/2014/10/23/6994159/traffic-roads-induced-demand https://usa.streetsblog.org/2017/06/21/the-science-is-clear-more-highways-equals-more-traffic-why-are-dots-still-ignoring-it/ https://www.wired.com/2014/06/wuwt-traffic-induced-demand/ https://www.vtpi.org/gentraf.pdf https://www.brookings.edu/research/traffic-why-its-getting-worse-what-government-can-do/ I'll stop there but feel free to continue as that's only like the first five returns on a google search
  3. Allowing more people to sit in the same crap traffic is an improvement? More people stuck in traffic rather than doing something productive? Creating more greenhouse gas emissions and burning more fossil fuels?
  4. Traffic engineers and planners have known for a long time that expanding capacity does nothing to reduce congestion. It's called induced demand. When you add capacity, you get more traffic. So, it literally is a waste of time and effort. Though I suppose it's good for the construction companies and workers. And money. It's a waste of money
  5. Check out this report prepared by the Metro Human Relations Commission, "Understanding Nashville's Housing Crisis" https://www.housing101.us
  6. Not saying that. Improving the surface or redoing it is fine. Expanding capacity is a waste of money
  7. Expanded capacity will be filled by increased traffic volume, congestion will not improve. So some of it actually is a waste
  8. And let's stop pretending that our current crisis of automobile dependency was the result of the "FREE" market and not the consequence of innumerable government subsidies. Hilarious
  9. I hope and presume that they'll build something of significant/appropriate density with a retail component. We need increasing density and land use on our major corridors. As much as I love the wings at Germantown Pub, that corner lot shouldn't remain a suburban strip style for much longer either.
  10. Parking Reform Will Save the City https://www.citylab.com/perspective/2019/09/parking-lot-urban-planning-transit-street-traffic-congestion/598504/ However, it's not just stupid minimum parking requirements via zoning. Downtown Nashville has no parking requirements whatsoever, but as you can see, every new building has a garage. It would appear that private lenders/banks/investors have zero interest of helping cure us of our collective addiction to the automobile either.
  11. You say rusted I say patina'd, weathered, distressed...uglied? Do shipping containers actually make good living spaces? Seems like they'd be a beotch to insulate
  12. I got your satire but I guess you didn't get mine. As some damn dirty socialist once said, "We live in the world as it is" or something. Meaning you can't point out that someone who supports action on climate change drives a car (and is therefore a hypocrite) because of course they do, they practically must.
  13. Shouldn't be a problem as none of the protesters will be driving...because automobiles generate climate warming emissions
  14. Typically, they put airports where there isn't crap else. And they never would have built an airport if it weren't for NASHVILLE, ya'll! Sorry, that response even annoyed me I think she does, which is why I responded seriously to her comments re: the placement of NMAAM but I was also cautious to point out that she troll-y by nature. Possibly cliché, but sort of like the boy who cried wolf
  15. Seeing as how this museum showcases Black artists from around the nation and not Nashville specifically, I guess having it in the most-visited section of the city makes a kind of sense. If the curatorial/educational focus had been Nashvillians, or others somehow connected to the city (like Jimi Hendrix for example), I would argue that the Broadway location would be sort of an insult. While I do think that FromParkAvenue is often a delightful troll, I do think she has a point on this matter.
  16. I would say that "build up you[r] transit corridors to their maximum effectiveness" is the BEST option and the only sane development principle moving forward.
  17. The entire street network needs a redesign from the suburban to the urban but judging from the pushback from 8 South and Lower Broadway business owners when talk of removing vehicle lanes (or narrowing them or widening sidewalks) comes up...it's going to be a long row to hoe
  18. If we could remove parking minimums from the equation, it would be much cheaper to build housing in the core. And if homebuyers aren't forced to subsidize parking for other residents, individual units would be cheaper to buy. I know that downtown doesn't have parking minimums, but clearly lenders are requiring it anyway. I don't know what the answer to this problem is, but housing won't get cheaper until it gets unbundled from parking
  19. We should hold a Pike Off (working on the name) to establish which of the grand ol' pikes is the junkiest, most decrepit and most stuck in the past.
  20. Then it would be a bridge to nowhere after all the pubs, smoothie joints and coffee shops go out of business
  21. There actually is a significant problem with AirBnBs in the city which is the abundance of absentee investor properties. Owners are supposed to LIVE in the property at least part time (in my opinion, it should be all the time), but a great number of AirBnBs in the city are never occupied by owners or lessees. These investor properties make bad neighbors because they cram as many beds as they can and their guests realize that they're not staying in someone's home, so they treat the property (and the neighborhood or condo/apartment complex) like a dormitory. Furthermore, in a city with a gr
  22. I think you're referring to this cover story in the Nashville Scene https://www.nashvillescene.com/news/cover-story/article/21048690/hard-times-at-the-stadium-inn
  23. Simply breathtaking. Not sure whether this or the Airbnb building on Main St. is more impressively wonderful
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