nashvillwill

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  1. nashvillwill

    More Accolades for Nashville

    It’s crazy how big country music is in the Bay Area. I ran across a lot of people out there that were big time country fans, and many dreamed about making a trip to Nashville. Having said that, I don’t think (at least when I lived there) that there was a single country music station on the air.
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    More Accolades for Nashville

    Menlo Park, CA?
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    The Gulch Projects

    In the spirit of rail travel and the holiday weekend, I often have to drive to Little Rock and back (such as tomorrow) to see in laws. It’s 5.5 hours. Air travel doesn’t make sense as it’s not direct and the trip takes as long or longer than driving. But it’s frustrating enough that I would pay a premium (especially now with a kid) to be able to sit at a table, on a train and have a cold beverage while still being able to carry a decent amount of luggage. Obviously, if I were traveling to the west coast, or New England, air travel would be far superior. But shouldn’t our rail travel goals be these “short distance” routes. Not just our nearby neighbors like Memphis, Chattanooga, and even Atlanta. But even the “within range” cities like Little Rock, Louisville, Charlotte, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Mobile. But, it seems with designing a rail route, it’s always the same problem. The same reason California is having trouble implementing its long-approved high speed rail. The say “we are building L.A. to S.F. in only 2 hours”. Then every Tom, Dick and Harry podunk town along the route says “stop in my town, or you can’t pass through”. Lawsuits follow. The answer should be an emphatic “NO”. We may build a whistle-stop in Clarksville, but sorry Ashland City, you’re out of the loop.
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    DOWNTOWN RETAIL WISHLIST

    I’ll start by say that this thread is meaningless until we hear from ParkavetoTN. But, I agree with what others have said. More bodegas/Walgreens type. Funny how we had a Walgreens on tap for Broadway that was shot down by public uproar. Also, cheap eats. A few urban grocers (coming soon). A City Target. Specialty shops.
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    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    Interesting thing I saw moments ago. Cargo helicopter delivering something to (I think) the Viridian. Those window washers on the side of 505 had a cool view of that.
  6. Yes, that is in fact a crane base on the top center. It’s actually a little unique, in that it’s not your typical crane base. It’s much deeper and much more heavily reinforced than normal. The reason is this; Typically, a tower crane will anchor against the structure it is building for lateral bracing. In this case, the tower is too narrow to provide lateral strength for the tower crane building it. Therefore, the crane will be freestanding. At least, that’s what the site superintendent told me. I saw the foundation as the rebar was being tied and viewed the drawings for it. I can say it’s a lot more reinforcement than typical.
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    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    I’ll jump in here. I’m a fan of In-N-Out. I love it. My few short years in California included countless trips to one and I seek them out whenever I travel out west. Having confessed my love for In-N-Out, I don’t think it’s the best burger in the world. Hell, I can think of a handful of places in east Nashville with better burgers. But, IMO, In-N-Out is one of the best amongst their competition. Fast, cheap food. The quality is high, it comes through in the taste and it’s consistenly good. The In-N-Out experience in Pasadena is just like the one in west Oakland, Fisherman’s Wharf or the Vegas Strip. Friendly staff, fresh food, and clean tables. You won’t find a slapped together burger on a smashed bun, that looks nothing like the picture. It’s the same everywhere, and it’s never frozen. Whenever I would take a first-timer to one of their locations, I would always tell them “forget what you’ve heard. It’s not life changing. But I promise it will be good.” I think part of the reason I’ve fallen in love with Hugh Baby’s is it’s resemblance to I-N-O. Edit: Having said all that, I will say that my wife never cared for it. To each, their own.
  8. TSU just hit the freaking jackpot with the value of their downtown campus. Also, that NES substation is going to have to go. I imagine the YMCA will likely remain, but there are several parking lots down between 10th and YMCA Way that probably have a short lifespan.
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    CBD/SoBro/RutledgeHill/Rolling Mill Hill Projects

    Are these the apartments where Steve McNair was killed?
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    CBD/SoBro/RutledgeHill/Rolling Mill Hill Projects

    When exactly was commerce widened? I’ve forgot much more about “old Nashville” than I remember.
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    East Nashville/Inglewood/Madison/Donelson/Hermitage/Old Hickory

    Something I spotted on Stockell St. in McFerrin Park. I’m not quite sure what is going on here. The house has been totally demo’ed, foundation and all, minus one exterior wall. I’ve seen this before in other cities, but never in Nashville. I’m not up-and-up on building permits, but I’m guessing this qualifies as a “remodel” instead of “new construction”. I’m not sure what the advantage would be, in metro, to going that route. Anyone have any insight?
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    CBD/SoBro/RutledgeHill/Rolling Mill Hill Projects

    Has this always been office space? If so, I had no idea.
  13. They line the walls of the hole with shotcrete. This puts a stop to the incoming water (for the most part) as well as reinforcing the foundation walls. If you look at my picture, you can see a portion of the excavated hole (near the building) has been lined with shotcrete. No leaking there. The portion around the wall has not been lined with shotcrete yet, and that is where all the water is coming in. I imagine there will always be some tolerable amount of water intrusion into a hole that deep, but lining the walls with the shotcrete is a good way to essentially stop it.
  14. It’s pretty amazing how much water was pouring into that hole. I stood and watched it for a little while. It was like a couple of dozen mini-waterfalls just leaching out of the bedrock. Just a stab in the dark here, but I would guess it’s about 200 gallons a minute.
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    East Nashville/Inglewood/Madison/Donelson/Hermitage/Old Hickory

    Wow. It’s not even that the pole is in the street, but the street is everywhere. There is not even a curb. Does the runoff just spill into the building? What a terrible design.