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  1. it's just dave

    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    Nashville's a huge center for printing. Let's just print the money we need. I probably won't be around to see the hip and cool stuff paid off, but hey, that's how the government does it, so why can't we, right? Living within one's means is a forgotten concept. But that's easy when it's someone else's money. I've always thought Nashville had the self-image that didn't require us to buy cool to be cool. That what other places do. Other cities will prevent drowning in their debt by eventually making sure their citizens do. Better watch what you wish for. I say bring on the buses. Do it right, do it well, but do it with common sense.
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    505 CST - 545 feet - 45 Floors

    The paper used to be informative and even fun at times when you'd see renderings and articles about these projects. Earlier rant edited out. I wasn't totally fair to the paper, and don't feel inclined to sing praises, so the rant fades away, and I love a good rant. Did I mention I really love this tower? There, back on topic.
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    505 CST - 545 feet - 45 Floors

    Do I now qualify as a lurker, or just mostly missing in action? Nevertheless, it's great to see some of the folks popping back in, geek, fieldmarshall, et al. I love, love, love this tower and hope to see it built. On another front, I think one of the things that's moved me about that last picture was the startling composition of the what we see in the rendering...things that represent different times in culture, politics, religion, finance. Looking at the image, you see the Ryman, built in 1889. You see the Presbyterian church who's beginnings and building predate the Ryman by a considerable amout; you then see the old SunTrust (Third National) from the late 60s, I believe. I wish we could see more of the L&C to represent downtown's stunning contribution to the 50s. Then, there's the current Marriott in the old J.C. Bradford building. The image seems to represent a running history of downtown where some things from the past remain and others stand where pieces of history perhaps should still be standing (i.e. The Cumberland). Even with the demise of the Tennessee Theater and the structure that held it, a new era dawned. I can stare at this rendering and each time, I see something different, and each time, my perspective changes. The iconic McKendree stands proud to complete an nearly spiritual bookending of the new building. For those of us who can see this image for what it brings back to us, and what it means for the future of downtown, we are a lucky group. Nice to see you all.
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    Twelve Twelve - 312 units | 23 fl | ~260 ft | Sold Out

    This would definitely spruce up that corner...it's rather a mess as it is. And with Bar Louie taking 8,000 square in the retail portion of the Velocity, things are continuing to look up in the Gulch. I haven't checked out the in-progress streetscape work, but Public Works seems to have a good handle on how to do such things. I'll be anxious to take a look in a few weeks.
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    Omni Hotel/Convention Center hotel/24 stories/800 rooms/complete

    And the disappearance of a row of trees. I guess by the end of the week, there will be none. Poor little trees, barely had a chance, but they've got to do what they've got to do. This is just fine, something else to watch grow downtown. I'll take it. I'm loving the steelwork on the MCC.
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    Omni Hotel/Convention Center hotel/24 stories/800 rooms/complete

    This is growing on me more and more, especially as the odd-looking giant steel structure on Demonbreun continues to grow. It seems there are daily more and more pieces of what is becoming one giant amazing puzzle. It's all looking very sleek, modern ...and enormous (and let's not forget "branded). If this MCC, Omni and CMOF combo pack was being built in Dallas, Houston, Charlotte or Atlanta, I'd be jealous. If I lived in Birmingham, Memphis, or any other medium market, I'd be EXTREMELY ticked off it wasn't my town. But it is, Blanche, and this is new "wow" factor downtown could likely just blow us all away when done. Bring it on.
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    Project Thread/New Construction/Photo du jour/Const. CAMs

    Well, I think I see the old Classic Cat just to the right of the Masonic Lodge. If I remember correctly, there was a liquor store on the first floor and next door was the Chevrolet dealership where I saw my first Stingray in 1963. $3600....wow. That's where the convention center is now, partially. E. Gray Smith might have been next door before moving to 13th and Broad (where Beamon's used lot is). I just remember seeing a Rolls-Royce in the showroom at $18,000. You could buy a good house for that back then. Then between the Sam Davis and James Robertson Hotel was Commerce St., home of the Greyhound and all manner of evil city things. A surrealistic, foggy, smoky wonderland of urban riches. I'll leave it at that. I wouldn't trade being 21 in 1974 for all the Viragos and smartphones on the planet. lol
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    Omni Hotel/Convention Center hotel/24 stories/800 rooms/complete

    Appears to be a huge L-shape. The height is fine. It's also clean, modern and sharp with no silly spires, twists or turns. It'll take a huge swath of dead street and, with the convention center, put more feet on the sidewalks than SoBro's seen in a hundred years. And that's probably in its first month. I think I like it. It'll be interesting to see how it ends up tying in to the Hall. Hopefully, all parties will see the value in this integration.
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    Project Thread/New Construction/Photo du jour/Const. CAMs

    I'm sure I'm not alone, but the sight of the cranes at the MCC is a bit jaw-dropping. I think the 5th went up over the past couple of days and there's yet another crane base to go (at least). The hotel will need a couple so by next summer I'll be all starry and wide-eyed again. 'Bout time. d.
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    Omni Hotel/Convention Center hotel/24 stories/800 rooms/complete

    Basic? Low cost? Like a Yugo. Let's just wait until Tuesday. We may be pleasantly surprised.
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    First Tennessee Ballpark - Complete

    ESU (hey man), I completely agree about a North Cap site. I think we all got a bit starry-eyed over the drawings of the thermal site development back in the Streuver days and rightfully so; they were extraordinary. Times have changed and I guess we'll wait longer for Primo Lando to show us something new in possibilities. With Germantown and environs, plus the possibility of the state archives and Tn State Museum and such looking more likely, the boost to connectivity would be huge. The land could be available. Certainly nothing on it now. With the Bicentennial Mall so close, it would lend itself to the family thing with a baseball component. A parking structure could be built to serve the games and the city and be done so in a manner which would not interrupt good taste (i.e. Dederick garage). I close my eyes and think about the view now from that area. Think about how it would look with the stadium, etc. and all that would come with it eventually. And people. We (the city, everyone) has been through a rough couple of years. Lots of the good stuff has been shoved to the back burner. The owners of the Sounds have certainly expressed a desire to get something done so something feel-good like this would be a great thing. It would certainly be nice to see renewed activity in that area which would do so much into helping the rebirth of Jefferson. I'm not worried about the thermal site. It's prime stuff. I doubt we'll see George Jetson's tower there, but surely something very interesting will happen.
  12. Ha, yeah, you do that. I promise I'll reply BEFORE I step on a thorn while mowing and have had my vitamins. I think I'm really turning into a cranky old man. I better get out and buy some hats. Nothing like a little rant to get the juices going. I'll be sweet.
  13. I know I should have checked in sooner, especially with previous circumstances. All is well, though. Feeling fine. It's interesting that there appears to be a recent resurgence of posts. I can't say I'm disappointed. My break was good, but I truly missed it. The other board was interesting, but imo a bit interspersed with rampant discontent...whether a whole building or a brick out of place. Hearing "that's hideous" as a constant theme appeared somewhat trite and a bit more than arrogant as a dictum of truth rather than opinion. It seemed the main purpose of posting was to spread the gospel of what's wrong with everything instead of counting our blessings that we have and have had things going on around here (with, of course, a healthy serving of "what's wrong"). In other words, I didn't find the discourse much fun. I suspect some others share the sentiment as evidenced by the near utter lack of participation. The fact that most posts were often of a one sentence variety didn't convince me I had much of an interactive forum experience before me. Top that with the fact that the posters are strangers to me and my friends were absent and my explanation for absence approaches completion. Now, we have cranes. We'll have more cranes. I for one, and one who pays taxes, am rather excited about this. Some have cried foul as the neighborhood south of Broadway is being destroyed. I'm approaching 58 years old and most of that here in Nashville. Never has there been anything there. Now, we at least have a opportunity to change that. Perhaps it won't be a miniature Georgetown, but at least it'll be an improvement over what's generally a habitat of male and female prostitutes and the homeless. Give it time. The MCC will change many things for the better. One might as well like it (or try), for the ulcers of discontent are for naught. It's not going to stop construction because one thinks a loading dock is misplaced. Build around what's coming. Blend from there. It's all we can do. I just want to return to informative and entertaining discussion, a few whoops and hollers, some legitimate concerns and at the very least a return, even if minor, to days of real communication as opposed to the texting-esque tone so often displayed. I look forward to more. Nashvillain has been so good about hanging in there and only producer to argue with. Both have brought real discussion to the front. And now, with Mr. Solve among us, more will come. Bring it on fellers. Oh crap, Dave's gone off again. lol. Nice to be back.
  14. There are no strippers? Hm, I may have to reconsider my possible emergence from my cave. Judging from the list above, stripper-less might be the way to go. Hope to see you all at Casablanca next month. Curt, you can sit by me.
  15. Does this call for an end to my hibernation/isolation/desolate existence? Perhaps it just might.