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  1. The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    Strange that Lee Beaman never mounts any public concerns about the billions and billions and billions of dollars spent on road and highway infrastructure. If out of control government spending is his supposed primary concern then his silence is deafening. I'm all about both sides of the fence having a seat at the table to discuss and shape a transit plan that makes practical and financial sense, but it seems this particular opposition group may be better served with less transparency.
  2. The problem for Nashville if HQ2 ends up in Atlanta is the tech talent vacuum it will create. Nashville already struggles to attract top tech talent and having Amazon so close will no doubt make that worse. I think Boston is an ideal location for Amazon HQ2.
  3. The entire Charlotte corridor is a mess. With it undergoing so much rapid change I don't understand why there isn't a push from planning for a cohesive design overlay.
  4. Music City Center, 1.2 million sq. ft., $623 million

    The integration with the existing exterior turned out much better than I expected. I think this is a nice addition.
  5. Soccer in Nashville

    This generally doesn't bother me much but I'm starting to agree with the sentiment. These publications love to rave about Nashville's growth but continue to push photos of the city that could have been taken 25 years ago. Very strange.
  6. Project Thread/New Construction/Photo du jour/Const. CAMs

    Picture from Bridgestone Americas 29th floor veranda looking south on Friday, 12/15:
  7. The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    Thought experiment: If tomorrow morning suddenly 20% of all vehicles on the road were fully autonomous (Level 5 autonomy--which doesn't yet exist) what impact do you think it would have on traffic and commute times? I would argue little if any effect at all. And thinking realistically, the 20% AV fleet penetration milestone is likely 20 years away.
  8. 505 CST - 545 feet - 45 Floors - U/C

    How is this not a hotel again?
  9. Project Thread/New Construction/Photo du jour/Const. CAMs

    Photo from 19th floor of The Morris. Excavation at Virgin Hotel site in foreground getting deeper.
  10. Nashville International Airport

    I believe that airport authority owns land east of runway 20L/2R with the intent to eventually build another parallel runway. As of now they have three active parallel runways which is more than enough to handle the current number of aircraft movements and well into the future. As for concourse expansion, they still have room to expand the apron around the terminal to allow for extensions of the B and C concourses to add more gates if necessary, but that is a long ways off and they are already adding more gates with the current expansion. We're still talking about an airport that handles ~13 million passengers per year. If you're thinking we need to pull a Denver and build a brand new airport facility in Lebanon (an equivalent distance from downtown Denver to DEN) then we need to find a few more passengers to travel through here. DEN handles around 60 million per year.
  11. Only way they should approve is with a replacement Taco Bell on ground floor, otherwise I support denial of variance on the grounds that I will have to walk way too far for late night crunchwraps and chalupas.
  12. Here is an interesting article regarding roundabout vs. intersection:
  13. Were we not just discussing that many drivers seem fail to understand the meaning of a yield sign? Do you really believe that a similar number of drivers misinterpret the meaning of red=stop, green=go at a traffic signal? The problem with some roundabouts in the US is that they don't fit into the context of the greater traffic management infrastructure. Take the KVB roundabout as an example: it's both fed and relieved of traffic by traditional controlled intersections, which means that rather than being fed by consistent flows of vehicles (where roundabouts maximize efficiency) it's instead fed by random, inconsistent chunks of vehicles arriving from the adjacent intersections. Not only that, the adjacent intersections can back up the outflow of the roundabout such that an entire entry point is essentially locked-out from entering. So, we have a roundabout during busy periods that is completely packed with vehicle traffic that must now somehow safely process pedestrians--pretty difficult to do when drivers are tasked with individually assessing and interpreting the situation rather than being instructed as a group (e.g. by a traffic signal) on how and when to proceed.
  14. I disagree. If the roundabout has to process a significant amount of vehicle traffic along with significant pedestrian traffic then they start to trend toward inefficient and even unsafe. At that point the solution is to add entry signals for the roundabout (e.g. Columbus Circle in NYC) or replace the roundabout with a traditional controlled intersection (as is happening with many roundabouts in the UK--where roundabouts are ubiquitous). I agree that it would be ideal if drivers would simply understand and follow the rules of the road, but the chance of that happening these days with all the distractions is essentially zero.