Archive for October, 2007

Step it Up, Nashville

Enough posturing. Enough cat-and-mouse. It’s time for Karl Dean and the Metropolitan Government to step up to the plate and do what it takes to keep this Predators team in Nashville.

Now I know that this won’t be an altogether popular opinion. But it’s the right one. Right now, Nashville is on a distinctly upward and positive trajectory. It all started back in the 90’s, when we landed the Titans and the Predators. Crime was decreasing downtown. We landed a few corporate headquarters. Developers and locals alike discovered the magic that was happening inside the 40/65 loop. We’re growing like crazy. Nashville is hot – #1 on lists like Smartest Places to Live, Best Cities for Corporate Relocations, and Highest Quality of Life. And you know what? You don’t stay on those lists when your professional hockey team packs their bags for Canada, Kansas City, or anywhere else. Especially when your signature downtown ballpark for your AAA baseball team has already fallen through the cracks. (But don’t worry, because Memphis – yes, Memphis – pulled off a downtown ballpark for their baseball team with no problem.) And then of course there’s the high profile corporate office deals (think Verizon) that have bypassed downtown for Williamson County recently. And, oh yeah, crime actually is going up a little bit, and our schools still suck, and everything else that’s going on.

Nashville needs a win right now, not the morale-killing kick in the pants of losing 50% of our professional sports in one fell swoop. We need a win. We need the Predators here, giving it another go, with a local ownership that can reach out to the business community and get them to buy in. We need this!

Now the Preds can’t have a blank check from Metro. I understand that. But think about all the great things that are happening downtown right now. All the revitalization, and development, and everything else. That’s all diminished if we lose the hockey team, the anchor of our downtown strip. Sadly, the Music City Center is still up in the air, so we can’t count on that, either. So Metro needs to work out a deal, a five- or ten-year deal, to give the Preds another chance, with a different owner, to try to make it work. If five or ten years from now they still can’t do it? Well, then move to Kansas City or Canada or whatever. But not yet. Step it up, Metro. Give them what they need. Do it and don’t look back. In ten years, you’ll know it was the right decision.

It’s October

With the turning of the calendar page to a brand new month, the best neighborhood festival is less than two weeks away.

That’s right folks: it’s nearly time for Oktoberfest in Nashville’s very own Germantown neighborhood. If you’ve never been before, get ready for a day of beer, live music, German delicacies, arts and crafts, and lots of people roaming the North End in search of the best German experience in Nashville.

Of course, the festival always needs volunteers, so think about pouring beer, serving up bratwurst, or passing out water to those running the 5k that morning (these kind volunteers will be thanked with a ticket for a free beer since they’ll be getting up early to come lend a hand for the racers).

So, get ready for a good time on October 13. If you’re interested in volunteering, send me an email at sam /at/ coolpeoplecare /dot/ org.

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