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  1. 1 hour ago, smeagolsfree said:

    I was referring to the Main and Forrest property.

    Still the height on Main and Gallatin should be allowed to go 6 all along the corridor, and if truth be told, all the way to the Sumner county line. The more density you have along a major transit route the better things will be whenever we get transit and we will at some point. The more people that live within a block of that line the more folks that will use it. Its all about density and urban development.

    As it stands not the crazy folks in northern Davidson will never allow affordable housing to be built on all the land that is vacant up there, and if the developers did, they would end up building McMansions no one could afford on 5 acre lots. Antioch is a disaster, so the next best option is to build up you transit corridors to their maximum effectiveness.

    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. 

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  2. 5 hours ago, smeagolsfree said:

    The entire city needs better crosswalks and all the drivers need to go back to driving school too.

    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

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  3. 1 hour ago, markhollin said:

    John Eldridge III, founder of E3 Construction Services, did a Q&A regarding new affordable housing construction in Nashville.  Here are some highlights:

    You cannot build affordable housing in the urban core. False. Anything is possible. However, it would be more achievable if there were partnership opportunities available with the city in regard to their existing land.

    Developers don’t want to build affordable housing because the margins are too small. False. Both my group and several of my colleagues are actively looking for opportunities that make both financial sense and can make responsible community advancement. 

    For-profit private developers don’t use Metro resources enough to build affordable housing. False. Developers don’t use Metro resources because the process is innavigable as it stands.

    Where do you see the upper limit for home prices in order to still be considered affordable housing? How has this benchmark moved over the past 5-7 years? The upper limit for homes is hard to define because it directly correlates to the average salary in Nashville, which is constantly in flux. Currently, we’re seeing people from other cities move to town and drive up the average cost of living, demand for housing as well as affect the definition of “affordable.” We aim to price our workforce housing units for teachers, first responders and the people who keep our city running which is typically in that $40,000-$60,000 salary range.

    More behind the NBJ paywall here:

    https://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/news/2019/09/10/q-a-how-this-developer-looks-at-affordable-housing.html?iana=hpmvp_nsh_news_headline

    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

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  4. 7 hours ago, Baronakim said:

    Gods above, that is UGLY!  Though it fits in with all the other junky buildings on Gallatin Pike.  It hasn't changed a lot since I grew up there in the 50s &60s except to look more decrepit.

    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. 

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  5. 3 hours ago, Armacing said:

    Actually, we need just the opposite.  We need all rules related to short-term rentals removed to help break up the monopoly on lodging currently held by the hotel industry.  They are behind the efforts to ban AirBNB, which is a legitimate use of private individual's property.  The hotel industry lobbied in favor of the convention center financed by tax payers, yet when those same tax payers want to rent out their house, they are against that.

    Also, during the Stanley cup playoffs and other recent events, there were multiple reports of hotels cancelling people's reservations so they could charge a higher room rate for the special events.  To me that is just emblematic of how the Hotel industry is laser-focused on extracting the maximum profit from Nashville without any respect for its citizens or the long-term reputation of the city. 

    They want all public investments focused on tourism and nothing left for regular Nashvillians who can never afford to party on Broadway or go to a sporting event.  And yet, for the majority of their workers, they pay close to minimum wage.  Tourism is not a high-tech industry, but somehow they have convinced a large portion of the voting public that the future of Nashville's economy is very dependent on tourism.  That is short-sighted in my opinion.  If Nashville is a tourist destination, then great - let that happen organically.  We don't need the city to engineer a tourism-focused economy.

    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 growing shortage of affordable housing, absentee investor AirBnbs are eating into the short supply of available housing. 

    Metro is also missing out on tax revenues and other sources of revenue as a result of the lack of regulations and reporting of these units. 

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  6. 2 hours ago, 21jump said:

    There was a very well done article a couple of months ago about the Stadium Inn and the community (mostly homeless/transient) it serves. I believe it was in the Post. It was mostly utilized by transients who could scrounge up enough money for a weeks rent and people who were down on their luck and came to Nashville in search of work. The article painted the owners to be donkeys but the building served a positive purpose for a specific demographic of people, it'll be interesting to see where that crowd migrates to next.

    Anyway, I doubt you really want to see inside of any of those rooms in person.

    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

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  7. 10 hours ago, PaulChinetti said:

    We were driving and it was mind boggling the amount of people pulled over on the interstate. I saw multiple people pull over and just swing their doors open and get out. ON THE INTERSTATE!

    I know. It was crazy. I had been at my parents' house in Franklin with my wife and we were driving home to East Nashville. The electronic billboards said, "Do not pullover in the shoulder to watch the fireworks." Somehow that was ineffective. I saw a couple of police officers trying to manage the situation but it was very much a free-for-all

  8. On 6/29/2019 at 1:44 PM, nashvylle said:

    I think all of the interstates need to be capped, but I prefer this east bank to be capped first... I believe it will create enough synergies to finally get the parking lots and the PSC Metals site the finally be developed.

    The interstates around The Gulch are already being developed.  

    The PSC Metals site is already developed

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  9. 16 hours ago, markhollin said:

    The Nashville Civic Design Center has released a concept for a hypothetical capping of the Cumberland River that would combine the Main Street andWoodland Street Bridges.  It would feature a park, plaza, water features.

    As envisioned, the park would be about 1,000 feet long and 350 feet wide, thereby creating 350,000 square feet of new useable space.

    “Extending west from Public Square, the park would provide for a signature public space connector while promoting more green space in the largely asphalt-covered East Bank,” the study reads. “This location also presents an opportunity to continue development of the East Bank Greenway and connectivity within the Music City Greenway.”


    You can see the study here:

    https://www.civicdesigncenter.org/news/2019/06/27/victory-memorial-bridge-park.3687705

    More behind the Nashville Post paywall here:

    https://www.nashvillepost.com/business/development/article/21075607/design-center-study-shows-cumberland-capping

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    At the end of the presentation, this total proposed design grid for the East Bank from about a year ago (Amazon HQ2 is referenced) was shown, which I have never seen before:

    East Bank layout, Nashville Civic Design Committee, June 28, 2019, map.png

    Aside from just creating new space for a park, what is the rationale for capping the river? Wouldn't it be better to cap the interstate? Or reroute the portions of the interstate loop that cut off East and North Nashville? I know it's (hopefully) just a design exercise, but this seems a bit out of touch

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  10. 6 hours ago, billgregg55 said:

    There's a distinct dearth of  foreign cuisine on the east side (37206 and 37216). The situation is much better than 20 years ago, of course, but huge gaps remain:

    • Italian that's not pizza-centric and has ample seating (I confess that I haven't been to Pomodoro. Any good?)
    • Thai (Pace, Thai Phooket. Haven't been to Koi in a long time. Has it improved?)
    • Chinese (East Nashvillians have been griping about the lack of Chinese for years. Hunan Express is for the desperate only.)
    • Ethiopian
    • Vietnamese
    • Indian
    • Middle Eastern or North African that's not gyros-centric
    • Any European cuisine besides kinda-sorta French (Margot and Marche) and Greek (Greko).

    In this case gastropubs and steakhouses aren't the culprits...not sure what is.

    Pomodoro is pretty good. I don't know much about Italian cuisine so I can't vouch for authenticity, but I can vouch for general tastiness. There is also Nicoletto's Italian Kitchen on Gallatin near Litton Ave. Never been there but... For Vietnamese, Far East Nashville on Fatherland is a mainstay. There is also the recently opened Babo for Korean. Another decent Asian place with kind of a Japanese/Korean/Sushi mashup menu is Nomzilla. Lastly, for Japanese/Ramen, there is Two Ten Jack. The Peninsula has been getting raves so if you're looking for European cuisine (particularly Iberian/Spanish), then you should check that out. 

    So, I think the restaurant scene on the East Side is fairly diverse but of course it makes sense that ethnic restaurants catering to particular groups of immigrants would be clustered where those immigrants are mostly living and for the most part, the Murfreesboro Rd and Nolensville Rd corridors in Southeast Nashville are where a lot of immigrants settle and is where you'll find Ethiopian and Middle Eastern restaurants (and Latin and Asian and markets and groceries catering to them as well). Korean and Vietnamese are along Charlotte Ave on the far west side. I don't think we have a big Chinese population,correct me if I'm wrong, which is why Hunan Express is typical. 

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  11. 5 hours ago, MLBrumby said:

    I know it's silly but I resent the hell out of Eakin using those skyline shots to sell his office space. I mean, dude could have put up a much bigger, truly-urban style building, but instead puts up a squatty suburban building. Just want someone to put up a huge tower to block his precious skyline view. 

    Am I the only one who thinks it's entirely reasonable and appropriate to have severe height restrictions on Rutledge Hill? And that this building is doing that one thing right? (Even if it's botching a lot of other factors like its relationship to the street and suburban style car access.) Tall buildings on that elevation would be severely imposing and...IMHO, degrade the beauty of the river bluff.

    I kind of think the new Belmont dorms are way too tall perched on their hill as well. 

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  12. 3 hours ago, East Side Urbanite said:

    I know this is just my opinion, but I strongly like this building. It offers an almost ominous look. It's clean and not "busy" like so many other similar-sized buildings we are getting. I simply like grays, blacks, charcoals, dark blues and white on buildings. Makes let look permanent and strong. In contrasts, fire engine red, pastels/creams, yellow (typically)... just don't work for me.

    Obviously, this is very subjective.

    I drove past it today and I think it looks fairly nice. Maybe pictures don't do it justice.

  13. 2 hours ago, smeagolsfree said:

    Not going to get on one.  I would rather walk because I want and need the exercise. If I want an alternative, I will bring my bike or rent one, but in downtown traffic you really have to be totally stupid to get on one. 

    I've ridden them downtown a couple times--shouldn't be any dumber than riding a bike downtown. Except that time I rode it on a cobblestone stretch. That was dumb

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