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SoundScan last won the day on December 31 2015

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  1. SoundScan

    MSA South - Williamson & Rutherford Counties

    It's basically an expressway to Westhaven.
  2. SoundScan

    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    You haven't made any point, although as always you casually ignore the meaningful parts of my post. You call discussing low information voters "funny and insulting;" I simply call it reality. And you misunderstood the analogy. There is no assumption that the child (or voter) will like the food (transport model) once they tried it, simply that they've now gained the experience and knowledge to make an informed decision, for or against. Enjoy your car, sitting idle 95% of the time, and depreciating.
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    The best comparison to make would be to the total expenditures on road design, ROW acquisition, construction, maintenance, business disruption, and average commute times a over a particular time period against what a multi-modal transit system may have cost that would move similar numbers of commuters. This is obviously a complex calculation. I'm not pushing a silver bullet solution--cars and roads still need to exist. I was a taxpayer in Nashville for 16 years before I moved this year, and I feel pretty confident that I know far more about transportation solutions than the vast majority of the voter rolls. I think you'd find that most haven't had the opportunity to experience a true multi-modal transit model, especially outside of a tourist setting. An easy analogy is a child that dislikes a particular food he's never actually tried--experience makes liars of us all.
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    You're only advocating for the automobile because it's the status quo. People commute in cars on roads because that's where nearly every cent of transportation spending has been allocated over the last 65 years. It also happens to be the most expensive and inefficient form of transportation in existence. Why does the bus service have low ridership in Nashville? Simple: because it receives no investment--a predictable result that should seem obvious in a capitalist economy. Compare BLS consumer expenditures on transportation and you'll find they are significantly (20%-40%) lower in areas with mature public/mass/alternative transportation systems. Unfortunately, the development patterns borne by the now monolithic transportation infrastructure in Middle Tennessee makes correcting back toward a system of balance and options more difficult and expensive with every passing day. I agree that voters should have some say in how their dollars are spent in this area, but I think we can also agree that a large percentage of citizens know next to nothing about transportation systems and their various modes and models. It's human nature for most to embrace the status quo, but in Nashville's case there are many external forces that will necessitate some changes if the city wants to avoid a perpetual rush hour. Some of those changes will come naturally from the market, but anything significant is going to need real public investment.
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    Increase service frequency to where riding the bus is convenient rather than a last resort and average ridership will go up. Pretty simple.
  6. Maybe there’s a secret grow operation in a cave underneath. Wouldn’t be the first time in Tennessee: https://youtu.be/3x77pz9RyvY
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    Good article, thanks for posting. TL;DR conclusion basically being: Go Big or Go Home on transit funding. "The only way to reverse the vicious cycle in the U.S. is by providing better service up front. The riders might not come on day one, but numerous examples, from cities like Phoenix and Seattle, have shown that better service will attract more riders. This can, in turn, produce a virtuous cycle where more riders justify further improved service—as well as providing a stronger political base of support." "A focus on improving local service is all the more important in an era where the White House and Congress are not very favorably disposed to transit, and well-funded lobby groups like those of the Koch brothers are spending millions to fight transit infrastructure spending. Even if the money to build new light rail lines isn’t coming from Washington, states and local governments absolutely can afford the comparatively small annual expenditure to run buses reasonably often, all day, every day, so that transit is a viable mode of transportation for all kinds of trips—not just 9-to-5 commuting. That has been proven around the world to be the way to attract riders to transit."
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    If other cities across the U.S. are any indication, the enforcement won't come from traditional law enforcement but from vigilantes.
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    Nashville Bits and Pieces

    She likely has two or more identical full sets that leap-frog each other to successive venues. The scale and logistics of these productions is amazing.
  10. SoundScan

    Soccer in Nashville

    I didn’t know Joan Callamezzo worked for Channel 4? Or that Parks and Recreation was a documentary, not a sitcom.
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    Project Thread/New Construction/Photo du jour/Const. CAMs

    ^^ Exactly, and many of the newer apartment buildings in the city have built high-ceiling, concrete ground floors anticipating converting what are now residential apartments into commercial/retail space when the market is ready.
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    West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    This is an awesome project! Love the sustainability of timber-frame construction used in this way.