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SoundScan last won the day on December 31 2015

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  1. SoundScan

    CBD/SoBro/RutledgeHill/Rolling Mill Hill Projects

    Or perhaps it's more to do with your condescension. Throwing in a handful of buzzwords from the internet debate starter kit doesn't help; most on this board are perfectly capable of dissecting an "argument" on their own.
  2. I think the funds allocated for this bridge would be better spent improving the pedestrian experience (sidewalks, crossings, safety) in parts of the city that have little or no existing pedestrian infrastructure, or are in dire need of upgrades due to existing pedestrian traffic. This bridge is being pushed too early--it's the icing for a cake that's still baking.
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    Thanks for the additional insight, and that deck describes the project clearly. So, $20M per-mile. However, I440 westbound from I24 to I65 is definitively three travel lanes as well, but I assume will also receive an auxiliary lane between interchanges for merging? Regardless, there is no capacity increase in that corridor so this project does little or nothing to ease congestion on the route.
  4. SoundScan

    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    Correct. It's already three lanes wide between I24 and I65, and in various sections between I65 and I40. This project is just filling in the gaps.
  5. SoundScan

    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    It appears the cost/total contract is actually $223.7M: https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/tdot/construction/design-build_projects/i-440/Contract Awards I440.pdf $30M per-mile to add a lane to some parts of I440 and resurface within existing right-of-way. Anyone care to extrapolate what "double-stacking the interstates" would cost?
  6. SoundScan

    West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    Here in San Francisco the care and maintenance of the city's trees in public ROW recently transferred back to the city, a result of a ballot measure that passed with 80% approval. The city has good streetscape coverage, but the total canopy area had apparently been shrinking due to lack of maintenance by property owners. The improvements are already noticeable. The entire urban forest in inventoried and mapped here: https://urbanforestmap.org/ SF is also the first city in the nation to have a park or open space within a 10 minute walk of every residence. The surprising impact this has on quality of life was honestly something I never considered until we moved out here, though the weather may be part of that.
  7. Yes. I've spent a cumulative three months in Vancouver over the last 15 years. It's consistently voted as one of the most livable cities in the world by the EIU, and anyone that's spent significant time there can see why. That the most popular cities of the world have expensive real estate should come as no surprise. There is no escaping supply and demand. And in fact, the average commute time in Vancouver is lower than in Nashville. Meanwhile, there is no shortage of anecdotes concerning housing affordability and its effect on commutes in Nashville--ask those who slog in on I-24 everyday. Sorry, I don't understand the desire to bash on great cities just to make another feel superior. Unlike many large cities that struggle with growth, Vancouver is an example that Nashville should be looking toward.
  8. Real estate prices? Because the rest of Vancouver is about 50 years ahead of Nashville, and is my favorite all-around city in North America. Not sure what a financial services company moving their back-end operations to Nashville from NYC has to do with a city in southwest Canada.
  9. SoundScan

    805 Lea, 35 stories, 375 residential units, retail

    Has any Nashville tower in recent memory increased in height after the initial announcement?
  10. Wasn't there a Mr Gatti's Pizza on this property at one point (forever ago)? Or was that the property directly west of this one? Pizza and a decent arcade; good times when I was a kid.
  11. SoundScan

    West End/Mid Town/Music Row/Vandy Projects

    There is no solving the traffic issue without adding density. If the 20 stories isn't built here then the same square footage will just be built somewhere else, on more land and farther away. This creates longer trips and more traffic. Adding density like this is the key to solving the traffic issues, or more specifically, total trip times. I can reach any business or person in San Francisco's 47 square miles in less than 30 minutes, even in bad traffic. Can Nashville, with roughly 200,000 fewer people, far fewer businesses and commuter/through traffic, but about 505 square miles in area say the same? Nope. I'm not advocating that Nashville models a city with density like NYC or SF, but if you want to solve issues with traffic, walkability, trip times, etc. then the city needs to focus on becoming more dense, not less.
  12. https://www.wsj.com/articles/as-foxconn-breaks-ground-in-wisconsin-the-costs-to-taxpayers-go-up-1530091800 Over $200,000 per job in state funds for a factory to a Taiwanese corporation. Insanity. Industrial automation will replace many--if not most--of these jobs well before the most optimistic projections have the State reaching break-even on this "investment," a timeline that can only be described as generational. And the slope continues to become ever more slippery...
  13. SoundScan

    Soccer in Nashville

    It seems as though they are either certain they have the votes locked in already, or that they are incompetent. Hopefully the former.
  14. False equivalence? It's incredible that you put so much faith in the government to make investments for you when you so often appear to have little faith in its competence overall.