Archive for December, 2007

Blogging Our Way to Number Nine

One of the things I enjoy about living in Nashville is finding our city in the top five or 10 of so many national rankings. Seems like every few weeks we’re at or near the top of some ranking I never even knew existed.

Kudos to Ryan Underwood, national editor for the Tennessean and curator of The Online Buzz, for discovering that Nielsen has ranked Nashville as ninth among the top US markets for adults who have read or contributed to a blog within the past month. Our 11 percent participation rate puts us ahead of the national average by a mere 3 percent and only 4 percent behind top-ranked Austin. Ryan speculates that Nashville’s strong showing might derive in part from the “MySpace.com blogs of aspiring singer-songwriter types.”

Nielsen also publishes some other interesting 2007 year-end trends, but I didn’t see Nashville listed on any of their other rankings. We’re not even in the top 10 US markets for adults who have downloaded music/listened to audio clips online within the past month. Must be all the live music and locally produced CD’s that keep us from downloading so much as the others.

What’s your take on Nashville in the rankings?

Comcast Adds More HD Delicious Goodness

Yesterday Comcast added five additional high-definition channels to the Nashville line-up. This increases their offering to 35 HD channels: 25 included in the base HD package, plus five premium channels and five On Demand channels (including two that offer free content). The new channels:

220 USA HD
222 History HD
224 Discovery HD
225 Sci Fi HD
226 Animal Planet HD

The complete HD line-up:
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Downtown: One gain, one loss

Pleased to report that the Homewood Suites has opened on Church Street in Downtown Nashville. Unfortunately, Judge Bean’s is leaving the Gulch area and moving to the site of the old Sluggers restaurant at Greer Stadium. Can’t win ’em all.

More Good News for Nashville

Tennessee has been ranked in the top 5 of the most economically competitive states in the U.S. The study by veteran economist Arthur Laffer, creator of the Laffer Curve, and Stephen Moore, a writer for the WSJ, confirms what many Tennesseans might already suspect: The lack of a state income tax and our strong right-to-work laws are helping the Tennessee economy grow. As the authors say:

The winners in this contest for the most valuable resource on the globe — human capital — are generally the states with the lowest tax, spending and regulatory burdens.

Part of the reason I’m posting this article is that I know a number of our readers may disagree with it. Let the discussion begin!

Things They Don’t Tell You About Nashville Before You Move Here

After four months in Nashville, it’s clear that my move here was a great idea.

Beyond the stuff I can say about my work, Nashville has surprised me in more ways than I can count. The only thing that I really wish I could have had before I moved here was a little more information about adjusting to life here in Music City, USA.

In an attempt to rectify that, I have tried my hand at listing out a few:

  • Before you get the inclination to go shopping, realize that only tourists wear cowboy hats on Broadway.
  • At most bars, if you order anything else other than a beer or a vodka/whiskey/rum cocktail you’ve probably already given away where you’re from.
  • The weather is completely ADD…one day its warm, the next you are chipping ice-sickles off your truck. Pack accordingly.
  • Parking downtown will cost you an arm and a leg so take cabs if you can.
  • Don’t worry about re-discovering your southern roots, in a town like this they’ll find you when they’re good and ready.

I could go on for some time but you get the idea. Anyone care to add anything?

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