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Re: “Today Only: Uber Teams with Party Fowl for Hot Chicken Delivery

And then they pulled it before the advertised 2pm end. Nice. I realize it was about awareness, but it was utterly lame to have checked 20+ times and every time it is "not available".

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Posted by uber shmuber on 01/23/2015 at 1:43 PM

Re: “The Week in Fresh Tracks [Turbo Fruits, Andrew Combs, Natalie Prass, William Tyler, Skrillex and More]

Can't wait for the Natalie Prass album to actually drop! It's streaming now on Pitchfork though! Definitely worth checking out!! http://pitchfork.com/advance/615-natalie-prass/

Posted by Michael Mirabella on 01/23/2015 at 1:39 PM

Re: “Caption Contest: Jack White Ticket Giveaway! Part Deux

Our latest attempt to up the Sunday school attendance..

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Posted by jphughes on 01/23/2015 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Woman Sues Corrections Corp. Over Strip Search To Prove She Was Menstruating (UPDATED)

What is the relationship of the Plaintiff to the person she was visiting?

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Posted by AnglRdr on 01/23/2015 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Woman Sues Corrections Corp. Over Strip Search To Prove She Was Menstruating (UPDATED)

"39. Plaintiff pulled her pants and underwear down, exposing her genitalia. Defendant Garska visually inspected Plaintiff’s exposed genitalia and looked upon her vaginal area. Defendant Garska positioned herself so that her eyes were approximately level with Plaintiff’s hips and unclothed pelvic area."

The image suggested above would make a great black and white still picture to hand out to new mother's to provide a little motivation to keep their kids on the straight and narrow. Or maybe the schools could pass one out to parents whose little darlin's are acting up.

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Posted by yoyo moi on 01/23/2015 at 1:28 PM

Re: “MTA CEO: 'We Should Not Build The Amp at This Time'

Thanks for the info--I wish that stuff was online.

I do think that neighbors' concerns should be taken seriously, and I think that both sides are very guilty of not taking the other's concerns into consideration and trying to negotiate work-arounds.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 01/23/2015 at 1:18 PM

Re: “MTA CEO: 'We Should Not Build The Amp at This Time'

@Angl-At the planning charrettes last winter, the map indicated that all left turns out of the Richland/Center, Whitland and Cherokee Park neighborhoods would be eliminated, and that left turns would also be eliminated at the intersection of Mayfair/Wilson in front of Westminster Presbyterian Church. Amp planners had to change that, because it left the neighborhood with too few left-turn outlets onto West End. But the Amp would have ended left turns from any intersection not served by a traffic light. The option offered to people living in those neighborhoods was to turn right until they could make a U-turn.

This was one reason why many people on Cherokee, Aberdeen and along Bowling opposed the Amp--because, by limiting access onto West End, it would increase through traffic on narrow neighborhood streets, two of which lack sidewalks, that aren't currently designed or intended to handle through traffic.

This is just one example of the lack of thorough, thoughtful planning before the Amp was launched and aggressively marketed which supporters claimed, most Nashvillians wanted. The truth was, most Nashvillians, including people whose neighborhoods would be directly impacted, didn't know what the Amp was, and they certainly didn't understand the impact it would have one of the city's major thoroughfares and the adjacent neighborhoods until after it was announced and promoted as a "done deal."

Basic issues such as 'How do we get into and out of our neighborhoods," when brought up by the people who live in these neighborhoods, were also initially dismissed as niggling NIMBY complaints. That changed with Metro brought in a competent designer, Steve Goodreau, and a competent project manager, Mark Sturtevant. They inherited a mess created by former MTA chief Paul Ballard and his planner, Jim McAteer.

Yesterday's announcement acknowledges what a lot of people have known for a long time. The original Amp plan wasn't workable. Without the heavy marketing plan and the "this is a done deal" dictatorial pressure motivated by the prospect of federal dollars, we might have spent the last year working on mass transit solutions that make sense.

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Posted by bored regent on 01/23/2015 at 1:07 PM

Re: “NashVegas Cab has cabbies hoping to change the system, but the system won't let them

I wound never use the rude taxi drivers
I prefer Lyft and I'm glad they are here
I have never had a good experience with those taxi drivers who say they accept credit cards then will argue with you to pay cash
Yea!!! Glad you are here Lyft and uber
You taxi drivers deserve everything coming to you

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Posted by Bobcat on 01/23/2015 at 12:51 PM

Re: “MTA CEO: 'We Should Not Build The Amp at This Time'

http://www.nashvillemta-amp.org/images/AMP…

This is the most detailed map I have been able to find. Where does it show left turns being blocked? (And again, the entire "past 440" leg only extends as far as the hospital, so it's a few blocks at most that, if that's the case.

Jim, those new developments are taking place in ring counties, though.

And I think a monorail would be a great thing, but who's gonna pay?

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Posted by AnglRdr on 01/23/2015 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Carl's Jr Ad: 'Look At All The Steroids And Hormones We Use!'

No one eats at Hardee's after breakfast, so I guess they could insert a solid gold brick in every third burger and no one would care.

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Posted by joehep on 01/23/2015 at 12:45 PM

Re: “MTA CEO: 'We Should Not Build The Amp at This Time'

@ Angl:

The AMP would have indeed shut down left turns at a number of intersections (including, I think, all of those without stoplights). I saw them marked on the official route maps, and officials at the charrette I attended confirmed this point for me.

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Posted by bubbadog on 01/23/2015 at 12:37 PM

Re: “MTA CEO: 'We Should Not Build The Amp at This Time'

Given that MOST residential development occurs in close proximity to interstate corridors, it would make sense to use such corridors in any inter-urban plan. Confining your planning to metro limits is solving very little in the way of congestion.
By using a dedicated lane (new construction) or even a mono-rail concept (yes I know it's expensive) along said corridors would be efficient when coupled with more conventional mass trans usage. That is IF concerted effort were made to NOT do things half way and plan not to just solve today's problems, but to anticipate and plan for tomorrows.
The expense of such concepts, though extreme, will solve many future concerns and lessen if made attractive to the rider, congestion along these major and jammed thoroughfares.
Progress has a cost, and so does gridlock. And both will be much more expensive the longer we wait.

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Posted by Jim Collins on 01/23/2015 at 12:29 PM

Re: “MTA CEO: 'We Should Not Build The Amp at This Time'

It's because you're targeting people who already reliably use the bus. They're not the ones that need convincing to use it, because, as I said, they already do. I think you said earlier you wanted to target people who could be convinced to use the bus, but if they're already using the bus, they don't need to be convinced, right?

Saying you don't understand who rides the bus is not a personal attack--it's an accurate observation.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 01/23/2015 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Weekly Open Thread: What's Your Favorite Winter Soup?

There's the annual one Saturday night at the University Club of Nashville:

http://www.midtnscots.org

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Posted by mr. pink on 01/23/2015 at 12:19 PM

Re: “MTA CEO: 'We Should Not Build The Amp at This Time'

I gather you don't like my suggestion because you think it won't increase ridership enough to make a difference/provide whatever benefits people expect from increased ridership.

Your devolving into sighs of good grief and personal attacks is disheartening, especially given your exhortation above for me not to exaggerate.

A plan that can be put in place quickly, on a small scale (both of these have already happened), and dismantled easily is the opposite of a "sweeping change." Seeing that you are ignorant of that takes the sting out of your convoluted responses.

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Posted by Diatribean! on 01/23/2015 at 12:16 PM

Re: “MTA CEO: 'We Should Not Build The Amp at This Time'

It only went several blocks past 440 anyway (assuming you mean south toward the St. Thomas terminus).

While high school students (and state employees and federal employees) do not have to pay money out of their pocket for their fares, an entity other than MTA is covering those costs. That's why it is a subsidy and not free.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 01/23/2015 at 12:13 PM

Re: “What You Missed at Tennessee Right To Life's Press Conference

Patrick Keohane represents the old papal domination of personal decisions and the cessation of a humans sovereignty over their own biological processes.
This has never been about dead babies, though that is their calling card,. It is about the freedom to choose to be pregnant or not. Humorously those against abortion seem ready and eager to torpedo the most efficient strategy to STOP unwanted pregnancies, sex education and easy access to birth control. It's a sin (according to christianists) to discuss sex with teens, ironically those most in need of instruction and prevention from pregnancy. Trying to tell a 16 year old with raging hormones to use abstinence is like using a stop sign for an avalanche. Sh*t happens, any woman can find herself pregnant. When that is coupled with poverty the dynamic becomes magnified. When it is a mistake, lives can be altered forever in ways that benefit no one. Loss of such control over ones own body defeats any concept of freedom we claim to enjoy and rings hypocritical any pledge to the freedoms offered in the constitution. It makes not 2nd class, but 3rd class citizens of our female citizenry.

And trust me, you don't wanna get into the life begins at conception bullsh*t.

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Posted by Jim Collins on 01/23/2015 at 12:09 PM

Re: “MTA CEO: 'We Should Not Build The Amp at This Time'

The Amp would certainly have eliminated several left turns on West End past 440.

Subsidized is not the word I am looking for, unless high school students have to pay out-of-pocket to get on a bus under that program. If they do, okay. My big-government program is not make buses subsidized for the rider. It is to make them free to the rider. That's marketing 101.

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Posted by Diatribean! on 01/23/2015 at 12:09 PM

Re: “MTA CEO: 'We Should Not Build The Amp at This Time'

Oh good grief.

The poor already ride the bus; they're not the ones who need convincing to ride the bus because they already do. Immigrants already ride the bus.

This is why I guessed you didn't ride the bus--you don't know anything about people who ride it, but you're more than willing to go ahead and suggest sweeping changes about something you are completely ignorant of.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 01/23/2015 at 12:07 PM

Re: “MTA CEO: 'We Should Not Build The Amp at This Time'

I'm not a politician and have no desire to get into the weeds of bus operating policy, especially with a liberal, non-fiscal conservative who calls an idea to help the poor and minorities a non-starter.

That said...

Targeting and scaling are deviations from the initial suggestion that serve to water it down and make it palatable to people with knee-jerk "no" reactions. Want to satisfy advocates for the poor - target them. Want to help immigrant communities - target bus lines running through those communities. Want to attract those on the cusp - make the bus down Charlotte and up/down Sylvan Park/Nations free and fast.

All that is horse-trading. To get that far, people have to buy into the idea first.

Posted by Diatriben! on 01/23/2015 at 12:04 PM

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