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UTgrad09 last won the day on January 23 2017

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  1. I'm not an expert. Neither are you. The difference is that I am not pretending to be. I did not have an issue with your skepticism that the tower would get built. I had an issue with your assertion that the tower was on hold and chiding other members for "grasping at straws" when trying to figure out what was going on in the staging site. Then when beotchslapped with the reality that a massive construction loan has been issued, you still contend that the construction process has been "slow walked." You. Do. Not. Know. That. You do not have access to the construction timeline. And furthermore, you are not even in that industry. You are an enthusiast, like most of the other people here. The only people that know definitively what is going on with that tower and its scheduled timeline are the members of Mr. Giarrantana's team. There are a handful of people on this board whom I would give weight to their opinions on things like construction schedules and the logistics of building and staging 9 figure construction jobs. You are not one of them. In fact, I don't give your opinion weight on any matter, including your favorite ice cream flavor.
  2. Alternate theory: You don't know what you're talking about. It's one thing to be skeptical. It's another to talk with authority like you actually know what is going on.
  3. I don't mean to sound callous, but I don't think leaders should overreact to the Riley Strain incident. I'm not opposed to assessing the situation to see if there are some areas where safety could be improved -- but I'm not sure we have to drunk-proof Nashville because of this one incident. What happened to Riley Strain was tragic and preventable -- but most of the prevention responsibility relied on both him and his friends. He got drunk in a city that he was (as far as I know) unfamiliar with, got kicked out of a bar, and none of his "friends" decided to go with him to make sure he would be OK (probably because of their own levels of intoxication). He wandered (and even ran, at times) in the opposite direction of his hotel, and ended up on a dark street which is nothing like the area where he was staying. I am unsure what was going through his mind at that point. He was coherent enough to respond to a simple question from a police officer without raising suspicion. Not sure if he was lost, or taking a stroll, or upset, or what -- but we can't anticipate everything. This is the first such incident of this type that I can remember. Now, there are a number of people who have attempted/committed suicide by jumping off of the bridges -- but that's a totally different ballgame. If we're going to drunk-proof Nashville, perhaps we should think about safety on all of the rooftop bars and bars with giant open-air windows, or all of the party vehicles ferrying drunks around with low-hanging barriers that they can (and have) fallen over -- before we look at addressing the banks of the river. Higher barriers on the bridges would be a better investment than anything on the banks, IMO. Now, if the city wants to clean up the riverbanks and put a tall fence up to prevent the homeless from completely trashing the areas around and under the bridges, perhaps as a part of the greenway system, by all means...
  4. I generally support this method, at least in the near term. I am not opposed to the idea of other changes and generally increasing the density around the city. I just think it should be carefully considered. I also wish we could keep tear-downs to a minimum and concentrate more on either adding to existing properties or retrofitting them to serve these needs. I know that can't work in all cases, but it would be nice to lessen the impact of waste where we can.
  5. Some of these areas were added to the USD 40 years ago. The infrastructure cost was probably not so great then. It's also why I say they should split the USD. It doesn't make sense to provide the same level of services in the edge neighborhoods as you do in the core neighborhoods.
  6. I say it over and over in group discussions -- county consolidation has been a blessing and a curse for Nashville. It was a blessing during the post WWII suburbanization in the sense that the city did not experience the mass population exodus that most American cities experienced. Like cities with mass annexation, Nashville was able to hide it's losses and post healthy gains. But doing this without having to annex also avoided some of the social and political pains that go with that. So post WWII Nashville looks like typical suburbia almost everywhere. And now the curse is that Nashville is trying to urbanize rapidly, and some of the people who laid roots down in these neighborhoods 30, 40, even 50 years ago aren't too thrilled about the direction of things. This isn't just Old Nashville vs. New Nashville. There are plenty of people in their 30s and 40s who move to these areas because they like what they are -- modest homes with space between you and your neighbors. Large trees and wooded areas. Room for the kids to play. Lawns and gardens to work on as you forget the everyday hustle and bustle of the city. I grew up in one of the neighborhoods in question here, down on the Williamson County border, but still in Urban Services. While some of these areas are *in* Urban Services, they certainly don't feel like it. Aside from trash/recycling service and street lights, there really isn't any urban infrastructure in place. Almost no sidewalks (unless you are on a highway), and a most of the streets have no shoulder or safety improvements to speak of (I know that can be said about a lot of neighborhoods, but there are also no plans to improve some of the roads, which is a big gripe for locals). I know it's easy to dismiss all of this as entitled nimbyism, but having grown up in this type of area, I do understand some of their concerns. Of course, Nashville is a growing city and is constantly changing. Perhaps these types of neighborhoods don't have a long term future as Nashville urbanizes. But the people who live in these areas should have a voice in the matter, even if many of you disagree with them. Back to the original point I made -- consolidated Nashville is a blessing and a curse. This city is made up of many types of people living in many different types of housing. It's hard to come to any sort of consensus on things. I haven't really decided how I feel about the NEST bills. I think there are some good features, but I think it may need some fine tuning. I don't think it alone will do much for affordable housing, but it will certainly make more housing avaliable. **Personally, I think we should modify the USD/GSD model, adding a third layer, making it effectively Urban/Suburban/Rural, but that's a discussion for later.
  7. Measuring from the northeast corner of Station East (RMR project at the former truck stop) to the southwest corner of The Sinclair (Elliston at West End) is 2.89 miles. There will be some gaps to fill in, but from certain vantage points, you should be able to see the entire skyline. I think what will be equally impressive is there will be parts of the downtown skyline that will be about 1 mile thick.
  8. MLBrumby nailed it. Murfreesboro is considered to be a principal city within the Nashville metropolitan area. So is Franklin. So is Smyrna. It's not just about population. Long Beach, California has 450,000+ people, but is not considered it's own metro area (it is also within Los Angeles County). Anaheim, Santa Ana, and Irvine all have 300,000+, and are even in a different county (Orange), yet none singularly nor all collectively have their own metro area (in this case, they have their own Metropolitan Division, as some very large MSAs are subdivided). Even if Murfreesboro passes Clarksville, Chattanooga, and Knoxville, it just isn't as independent as those places (though Clarksville is quickly being pulled into Nashville's orbit). Chattanooga, and especially Knoxville operate as much bigger cities than Murfreesboro, because they are the focus of their respective metro areas.
  9. Likely not anytime soon. MSAs are county based, and Smyrna and LaVergne will continue to have significant ties to both Davidson and Williamson counties. They are even part of Nashville's urban area rather than Murfreesboro's. Could it happen eventually? Perhaps if they change the criteria.
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