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  1. The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    Which community do you plan to utilize when you're retired and no longer paying (as much) money to benefit the community?
  2. The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    I agree 100% with your first point. As for the second relating to commuter rail to the suburbs, I think it's a bit of chicken and egg. We've talked on here before that in order for commuter rail to make sense there must be secondary transit systems (bus, light rail, etc.) in place to deal with those riders coming into the city--you can't just drop them off at the central downtown terminal and say good luck getting to your office 1.5 miles away. I think Mayor Barry is anticipating that if Metro gets this plan moving forward that the surrounding counties and communities will see that as the "go ahead" signal that they are safe to start planning on their own connections into the central Metro transit systems without worrying that they'd end up building a "railway to nowhere."
  3. CBD/SoBro/RutledgeHill/Rolling Mill Hill Projects

    Well, there are also business travelers and convention/conference attendees that stay in these hotels because of their proximity to downtown offices and the convention center. Should they also be forced to listen to rowdy party goers all night long? Do we just want to be known as a "notorious party town?" That's a fast track to downtown businesses high-tailing it to Cool Springs.
  4. Soccer in Nashville

    Well, the U.S. men's national team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup with a loss to Trinidad and Tobago tonight, the first time since 1986. MLS has got to be feeling pretty bummed as the excitement around the USMNT during the 2014 World Cup brought a ton of new fans to the sport. It will definitely be a huge blow to their growth over the next 4-year cycle. Dang.
  5. The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    New report on the most congested cities in U.S. and the worst traffic hotspots. Nashville comes in at No. 17.
  6. How is Google more "tech-centric" exactly? Based upon your reasoning they are an advertising company. Facebook is also an advertising company. Twitter too. That's their core business. Why aren't they lumped in with traditional advertising outfits? HCA is using technology to support their core business, while these companies (Amazon included) are using technology to create their core businesses, to disrupt traditional markets and business models and create new markets. That's what makes them "tech" companies first; they use technology to drive everything else. Do you think the Whole Foods acquisition was because Amazon wants to run a traditional grocery store chain? Check out Amazon Go if you think so. I do agree with your overall point (I think) in that Nashville has a decent pool of existing tech talent and some interesting up-and-coming technology companies, I just don't really understand the HCA analogy. They're a legacy hospital chain in an industry rivaled by perhaps only the U.S. government in it's inefficiency and administrative bureaucracy. Is HCA using technology to try to improve and drive growth of a traditional model? Of course, but that doesn't make them a "tech" company any more than Walmart having an online shopping site makes them a "tech" company.
  7. Let's not get crazy here. Amazon is the world's largest cloud services provider; they have a massive technology hardware division with Kindle, Fire, Echo, and other devices; they have a massive media content delivery division with Prime Video; huge R&D in AI and machine learning; Alexa voice services; and on and on. I realize many people associate Amazon with online shopping as that's where they started, but the website is not what's driving their massive growth. Amazon is absolutely a "tech" company because they use technology to disrupt traditional markets. HCA is not even in the same ballpark.
  8. Nashville Bits and Pieces

    I actually make it a point to visit an American fast-food restaurant (generally a McDonald's) in every country I visit; there is always something unique on the menu. I don't eat all my meals there (or even one) but it's interesting to see how far and wide American culture has spread.
  9. The Gulch Projects

    The fencing requirement over the tracks is so silly. None of the older bridges have them (grandfathered I guess), and they're not high enough to actually prevent someone from just throwing something over them. They simply add expense for no reason.
  10. The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    It reads like they don't want eminent domain powers used to handover land to private developers. I agree with them on that point.
  11. Charlotte Park/Sylvan Park/Bellevue/West Nash./Nations

    "City Heights?" Another terrifically generic name straight from an internet suburban subdivision auto-generator. I guess the "City" in this case is Nashville, yes? So we'll need to go ahead rename Nashville to "City City" to make this fit.
  12. The Gulch Projects

    It's almost as if someone went out of their way to make it awful. Does this mean the Gulch pedestrian bridge (if it's ever actually built) will have the same ridiculous "safety" barrier?
  13. The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    You should be. You are statistically 17 times more likely to die in a automotive-related accident than on a train, 31 times more likely than on the subway, 66 times more likely than on a bus, and 130 times more likely than on a plane. The automobile in the United States is BY FAR the least-safe method of travel.
  14. It's easy to see where the real money is flowing, and it clearly isn't to the low-tax, low-CLI meccas. Sure, we get the big boys' call centers, manufacturing plants, and low-level support staff because our labor and cost of living is cheap and unions are sparse, but the headquarters and R&D centers with the highest-paying jobs and highly-educated talent are not knocking down our door. Perhaps low taxes aren't enough?
  15. It would be fantastic if Amazon selected Nashville, but I'm guessing they'll be looking for cities where they can poach local technology talent from direct competitors, tech companies, and tech-centric universities. I'm not sure Nashville has the technology base to compete at the moment. Cities and regions like NOVA/DC, Austin, Dallas, Raleigh/Durham, Boston, Atlanta, and even Pittsburgh seriously dwarf us in this area. I don't think winning the tax incentive war is going to be enough.