Archive for the ‘General Interest’ Category

Don’tcha wish the weather was hot like me

It’s a little warm out there today, in case you haven’t managed to get out of bed and explore the world yet.

What’s everybody doing to stay cool this weekend?

Way on the East Side

I’m sitting in the Panera Bread in Hermitage. I normally don’t make it this far over on the East Side of town, but I’m killing time/working on the book while I’m waiting to pick up someone from the airport.

I grew up in Nashville, but not on this side of the tracks. So, I don’t have a point of reference, but it does seem as though Hermitage might just be ‘hoppin” as the kids say. I’ve read some posts before about the additions nearby in terms of eateries and entertainment.

I’m a downtown dweller, so I’ve got to ask: Is the More-East-Than-East-Nashville part of town all that? Is the ‘Tage better than Bellevue, Madison, or other ‘burbs? Do the amenities make up for the commute? Does the distance from the city compensate for the distance from the mall?

Here’s what I’m getting at: What’s the best Nashville suburb?

Weird traffic patterns in Nashville?

It normally takes me 25 minutes or so to get to commute from just north of downtown to the Cool Springs area on I-65, but I got there in just over 15 this morning, and I really wasn’t racing. I just must have hit a speedy pocket that pulled me along.

It reminds me of how, when I lived in the Bay Area and commuted from San Leandro to San Jose, if I aimed to be at work between 8:45 and 9, the drive took me about an hour and twenty minutes. If I aimed to be there more between 9:15 and 9:30, the drive took about 40 minutes. Not a bad savings in drive time for an extra half hour’s sleep.

Anyway, I don’t think I’ll be making any changes to try to emulate the pattern this morning; I’m guessing this was just a fluke.

How about you? If you commute, have you found tricks to make your drive faster? Have you found any weird traffic patterns in Nashville?

Nashvegas on Gridskipper

Our favorite hometown makes an appearance today on one of the best travel blogs out there, Gridskipper.

Nashville Metblog Survey

I have an old friend coming to visit Nashville this weekend and I’m trying to plan out a few fun things to do. No, I am not asking readers for suggestions, though if you have some I will take them.

Rather, I wanted to ask: What sources do y’all turn to for ideas of fun things to do? What sources are out there other than the Nashville Scene and All the Rage? Where’s the best online calendar for live music events? Any other good ideas? Let me know your ideas in the comments… my friend thanks you!

Find Your Next House

Okay, so this may not be truly appropriate MetBlog material, but it’s such a helpful service that I feel like I should include it for those who may be moving to Nashville or for those who are simply relocating across town.

I’ll ride the bus, and you tell us how we can do better

OK, I’ve been a total slacker and haven’t posted anything here in a long time. And it’s really not for lack of interesting material out there: Nashville is hoppin’ with interesting news. But you know what’s been the most relevant Nashville thing on my mind lately? Riding the bus. See, one of my new year’s resolutions, for the sake of conservation and all that, is going to be to start riding the bus to work at least once a week, hopefully more.

Everywhere else I’ve lived (Chicago, the SF Bay Area, and Portland OR) has had pretty good public transportation and I haven’t hesitated to use it. But Nashville MTA is just lacking in so many ways. Routes, schedules, and what’s the deal with not having transfers? Do you have to actually pay separately for each segment of your commute? These are the issues I’m going to have to overcome as I face the new year.

Anyway, you know what would make it more fun? An “overheard”-style feature. So I’m going to try to make note of little exchanges I hear on my travels and post them right here, dear reader.

And since I’m making resolutions right here live before your very eyes, what else can we do better on MetroBlogging? What other features, perhaps, would you look forward to each time you opened our site? What, in short, can we do to make your new year the best it’s ever been? (Sorry, but we probably can’t get you a pony.)

Is 8South the new 12South?

Saw an article in this week’s Business Journal about 8South – which is roughly the area from Cannery Row up to the corner of 8th and Division. There is certainly a lot going on there, from favorite night spot Mercy Lounge to the brand new Flyte restaurant. Of course, having the Gulch right around the corner doesn’t hurt, either. I’m just wondering what it will take to really get this area off the ground. What do you MetBloggers think 8South needs to really take hold? What do you like and dislike about it? And has anyone eaten at Flyte that might want to post a review?

The greening of Nashville

Didja see the article in the Tennessean about the green roof on the Westview condo building?

The roof of the downtown condominium building is eight stories up. But its 6,000 square feet are covered with plants, bushes and trees, all growing in a lightweight aggregate material.

Oddly, I was just talking about green roofing with my neighbor, a developer associated with projects such as the Werthan Lofts.

Even more oddly, we were also talking about the ways in which Nashville takes lessons from other cities, notably Portland, OR, and Chicago — both cities in which I’ve lived — and the ways in which it sometimes falls short of executing based on those lessons. (Such as with the new public square, which is, outside of the “green roof” effect of the parking garage, a development I respect for what it accomplished, but am underwhelmed by in other respects.) Anyway, the article also states:

Portland, Ore., was the first American city to embrace green roofs, but Chicago “pushed harder,” Berghage said.

The Portland-Nashville connection has been mentioned in the media a number of times in the past few years, most notably with the addition of Tom Turner, formerly of the Portland Business Alliance, to the Nashville Downtown Partnership, but also in other, more subtle ways, such as the LunchLINE trolley as a baby’s first step version of Portland’s Fareless Square.

Every little bit helps. I know it’s not everyone’s top priority, but improving the way we approach ecology in Nashville should have a positive impact on the quality of life of the community as a whole, not to mention the world at large.

If you think a green roof may be for you, here’s an overview that may be useful.

Nashville’s Own Late Night TV Show

Did you know that Nashville has it’s own late night TV show? Well, technically it is not a TV show since it is online. You can watch it any time of day, but I chose to watch it late at night. It is called Music City Live and the pilot episode is pretty good.

The show is filmed at the the Arena downtown with Lower Broad in the background. The host (Ethan Pelton) sits behind a desk with a suit and while he is no Letterman (yet), he gives Conan a run for his money.

So what do you think? I think it is cool and hope there are more episodes following. Will you watch the next episode?

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