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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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 considerab
  4. 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.
  5. 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 jus
  6. 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 G
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Basic? Low cost? Like a Yugo. Let's just wait until Tuesday. We may be pleasantly surprised.
  10. 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 itse
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. Water-filled holes happen. Some of you act as though this is the first water event since the Great Flood. You're too young to remember the site of TPAC looking like Old Hickory Lake, or the site of the convention center filled with water. These holes will be filled. On the developers' schedules, not any of ours. So what's a little water anyway. I'm sure the city is making sure there's nothing unhealthy about it. That what MHD is for.
  15. I want to quote the Alex S. Palmer & Company: "The future of Nashville is under construction now. Future generations have to live with what we, as developers, create. That places a heavy responsibility on us to be excellent—to only be involved in quality developments. Alex S. Palmer & Company is totally committed to developing space that is as functional and aesthetic as we can possibly make it ... for out time and for the future." If Alex can wait for WES, we can too. This is from a Sept. 27, 1987 Tennessean ad I found while rummaging through some drawers. Come on, Alex, the
  16. Just when I thought somebody was catching up, my bubble bursts. Dang, Ron, hurry it up. See you at the library.
  17. Or maybe not, it didn't look the same this morning. Guess we'll see.
  18. Good call, WW. I think you might win the prize. There's a large tower crane assembly laying on the ground at RMH. It's visible from the Silliman Evans Bridge. Don't know when it's going up, but it's been delivered.
  19. I figure if I'm gonna pop back in here, I might as well stir the pot a bit. Got to have fun, ya know. Ron, I've been around, but I can't seem to dismiss my obession with my yard and gardens. I'm the self-appointed neighborhood "yard police" so I've been busy drawing landscape plans and helping people mow their lawns. Wearing me out, but beefing me up. I like it. Been really busy otherwise. Off topic, but started carpooling, enhancing the compost, biking a bit, even taking a yoga class (ouch). I can't tell which is more strenuous, rescuing this place from a year of near neglect or the yoga.
  20. Not to be contrary, even though I'm pretty good at it, adding "Convention" to the name makes it sound like "Greyhound BusTerminal" to me, or Macdonald's Hamburger Restaurant, or Walmart Stuff Store. I think many are confusing bland with sophistication. It's not always necessary to spell it out. Those who use it, or want to use it, will know its purpose.
  21. Here, here, SPG. Seems many are intent to dilute our branding which would be a fiscal travesty. If you've got it, flaunt it. Then cash in.
  22. I'd promised to drop someone at the airport, but the rest of the day was in the yard. I've been at it since January (brrrrr) and things are coming along. My pile of yard waste is 9 feet long and 4 feet high already (not counting hard things like limbs and shrub trimmings which will go to Bordeaux to become mulch). Being "green" is nothing new for this little spot in Inglewood. Last year I recovered 23 wheel barrels of compost and reconstituted soil from my "heap." Now, that's green (or black gold for us gardeners). With nearly 4000 sq ft of beds and landscape, it's either keeping me young, or
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