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Re: “By punting on its own policy, MNPS opens Metro to a likely damburst of charters

A serious problem that needs to be addressed is growth in certain areas. Why is the metro planning commission allowing growth in areas where schools are already overcrowded?.....wait, I know ....MONEY! Children again take the back seat because tax revenue is more important.

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Posted by Julie Williams on 08/28/2014 at 5:48 PM

Re: “Can little-known Democrat Lenda Sherrell succeed where Jim Tracy failed against Scott DesJarlais?

Seeing as almost half of the Republicans in his district voted against him,
I would surmise that the incumbent representative is somewhat vulnerable.
Whether or not Lenda Sherrell, and the local Democratic party, can capitalize
on this dissatisfaction against the districts gerrymandered R++ advantage
remains to be seen. It's not like Tracy was going to vote substantially different
on any major policy, issue wise, than DesJarlais, at least according to the primary
political mailers I had received from both of them. My district, so I am already engaged.

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Posted by 'boroindependent on 08/28/2014 at 2:41 PM

Re: “By punting on its own policy, MNPS opens Metro to a likely damburst of charters

When Metro is full of charters, it will be fun to watch the charters who kick problem students out right before TCAP receive the problem students that other charters kick out right before TCAP.

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Posted by TennesseeJed on 08/28/2014 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Can cars, bikes and pedestrians share Nashville's roadways without someone ending up in the hospital?

I cycle to work regularly from East Nashville to downtown. In the 2 years I've been doing so regularly, I've only had one driver yell at me ("Get on the sidewalk!" on Greenwood Ave, right next to the "Share the Road" sign).

However, I have noticed that the city has a blatant disregard for cyclists when it comes to enforcing rules and setting up for events. I had a wreck last summer that was the direct result of fencing alongside the pedestrian bridge. Here is a photo:

https://www.evernote.com/shard/s39/sh/0d5da198-fd28-4d3b-a230-27e894d97cb6/465bdb82bd094df28a4317e2f4dd30f7/deep/0/Photos---Google+.png

In addition, I have yet to see a car ticketed for parking in a bike lane on Porter Ave, Eastland Ave, or elsewhere. I have a friend who was injured by running into a dumpster set up in a bike lane on West End. The private company responsible paid his medical costs, thankfully, but the dumpster had been sitting there for days, possibly weeks, with no notice.

Ultimately, it's a cultural problem that can only be addressed with raising awareness.

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Posted by BrianDailey on 08/28/2014 at 1:49 PM

Re: “By punting on its own policy, MNPS opens Metro to a likely damburst of charters

not sure about others, but i find it a bit off-putting that "students", "kids", or "children" were not mentioned once in this article. not to say that the school board has done an exceptionally good job of a child-first orientation. but what, again, is the purpose of schooling & education?

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Posted by person man on 08/28/2014 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Can little-known Democrat Lenda Sherrell succeed where Jim Tracy failed against Scott DesJarlais?

I agree with Sherrell relative to personal decisions, but to have affairs with patients and to only receive an unprofessional conduct "slap on the hand" from the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners is unacceptable by this Board. It's an integrity hit to the medical community and clearly demonstrates this Board cannot support and police it's own. And the good doctor's reward? We elected him to congress. Apparently, a good place to be if you're void in integrity.

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Posted by skb68322 on 08/28/2014 at 11:24 AM

Re: “Can little-known Democrat Lenda Sherrell succeed where Jim Tracy failed against Scott DesJarlais?

Forrester, who has completely failed Democrats in this state, is quoted "If they really understood exactly what kind of guy Scott DesJarlais was, particularly moderate Republican women, they'd just be aghast." and "You just couldn't write a better scenario for somebody who has dirty hands, with Scott DesJarlais."

Chip Forrester would bring up an 8th grade school yard remark made by someone if he thought it would further his cause. Sherrell has it right, "You know, all of us — if we live long enough — we have some personal decisions that we've made that we regret, and I think that he has said that. I think he is interested in moving on with his life, as would any of us."

She will go further with that attitude than she possibly could with an attitude like Forrester's.

I think Tracy's biggest problem was he jumped in the race almost immediately after DesJarlais was elected to his second term and basically took the approach of 'if I'm the first and biggest challenger, then I can't not win against him.' He forgot to campaign and make himself the better candidate, and for that reason, he lost the primary.

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Posted by Patrick Keohane on 08/28/2014 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Where to have fun if you're not 21 in Music City

The Belcourt is indeed a living wonder of fine arts eclecticism. It officially (re)-opened in Hillsboro Village when I was both a Music City and neighborhood resident, and I proceeded to spend a SERIOUS amount of recreational time within its hallowed red carpeted environs.

A sample week: three-day film retrospective of Kurosawa's modern dramatic police procedurals (Stray Dog, High and Low, etc.), a one-night showing/on-stage panel discussion on the remembrances of Robert Altman's 'Nashville' when it was being filmed locally on Music Row, and, finally, a Sunday evening live concert from the original 'Basher' himself, Nick Lowe.

Wash, rinse, and repeat again: GodInHeaven, I reaaaaallly miss Nashville.

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Posted by Conslor on 08/28/2014 at 5:41 AM

Re: “Can cars, bikes and pedestrians share Nashville's roadways without someone ending up in the hospital?

I ride. Recreationally. On country roads and greenways. In group rides, large organized rides, and sometimes on my own. I wear brightly colored spandex for safety and turn on my lights even during the day. I also drive. And I walk. An eye opening experience for me was walking on a greenway where I realized AFTER a cyclist passed me that they had been shouting ON YOUR LEFT several times at me and I was oblivious. I was startled even though they had passed me safely. I yelled at the rider to announce themselves feeling all entitled since I ride too and always announce myself. I then replayed in my head what happened and realized that they had done just that and I had not noticed. That changed my perspective. So now I'm extra careful around pedestrians. But it also changed my perspective on angry drivers. They are mostly just startled too, and their anger comes from fear of hurting us.

All cyclists on the road encounter angry drivers. It might not seem this way, but when drivers are startled by the unexpected cyclist, the reaction is anger for putting them in a stressful situation. Of course, as drivers, each of us tell ourselves we are safe, we follow the rules, we belong there, the road is for us, we don't speed, we are good drivers. So when we are startled and alarmed at the unexpected cyclist, even when they are on the road where they are supposed to be and following every rule, we think our stress is their fault. So the cyclist gets blamed and yelled at. A little self reflection and honestly reveals maybe as a driver I should have expected them, maybe I was going a little fast for conditions, maybe I wasn't as safe as I could have been. But, you say, if they hadn't been there, you wouldn't have been startled and stressed and now angry. True, except that we are there and we are lawfully allowed to be there.

So, to drivers out there. I get you aren't used to cyclists out on YOUR roads. We just swerved and it looked like we might turn into your path. What you don't know is we were avoiding a small but dangerous pothole or broken glass you don't see on the side of the road. Hitting that could have put us down and under your wheel and dead, or in the hospital and in recovery for a long time. You'll be inconvenience to have to clean the blood off your car. But because we startled you, and you don't understand our behavior, you are angry. That's why there is the three foot law. And we're new. You didn't grow up with cyclists on the streets where you drive. But rest assured, as you learn to expect us, you'll be less startled, less angry and more safe. Pass safely and slowly. Don't honk; horns were designed to be heard through the closed windows of other cars. We usually hear you loud and clear behind us. If the road is too narrow to pass us with three feet clearance while avoiding the yellow lines, then complain to your public works officials. Don't blame us. And yes, sometimes there really are jerk cyclists, but not as often as you think.

And to my fellow cyclists, there is nothing I can say that will make cars safer. When they yell at you, please realize it's often because they were startled and stressed and that turned to anger directed at you, so don't return anger with anger. Maybe they were being a jerk, but remember they were that way because they wanted to be safe and wanted to avoid you and they were afraid that in that situation maybe they couldn't.

As you are well aware, cars always win. They're faster, bigger, heavier and harder. Drivers take note. But we can make it easier for good drivers to be safe. When we are predictable we will startle less. I get that it's a pain to lose your momentum when you have to unclip at stops, but if drivers are close enough to see you roll through the stop, then you aren't being predicable and therefore that increases the likelihood you will startle a driver into an unsafe situation. Indicating turns, stopping when expected, not weaving, staying to the right side single file and not turning unexpectedly goes beyond following the law or being courteous. It makes you predictable. No guarantees and it's no panacea, but this will increase everyone's safety. I don't think it's victim blaming to ask everyone to do what they can to be careful. And yes, sometimes we really are victims of intentionally dangerous drivers.

To the policy makers and public works, what you can do is help us cyclists be safely predictable by maintaining and sweeping those bike lanes and the right sides of regular roads. Parents, drivers ed teachers and public safety officials, educate new and old drivers that there are more of us out on the roads so everyone will be less startled when they encounter us. Get the message out to drivers and police that we are permitted to be there. And to traffic enforcement, with all respect please learn the laws and enforce them. Ticket three foot offenders, parking in bike lanes and ticket cyclists running stop signs.

So to each of you, drivers, riders, and walkers alike, just be careful. Heads up. Communicate intentions, make eye contact, wave thanks, watch out for each other, expect the unexpected. And above all, be predictable. My kids want you to be careful. My wife wants you to be careful and I want you to be careful.

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Posted by Rider Driver Father Son on 08/27/2014 at 8:14 PM

Re: “A guerrilla urbanist demonstration this weekend in The Nations shows Nashville the streetscape of the future

" But Guerilla Urbanist is the first community-driven effort to transform an entire block in Nashville, according to Kenner." Of course it is.

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Posted by localboy on 08/27/2014 at 1:04 PM

Re: “The Great UFO Wave of 1973 brought an 'Autumn of Aliens' to Middle Tennessee

I don't mean to sound crazy but in 1973 I lived on 9th avenue north and I remember floating above the house above the telephone polls and walking through house of people that I had never met. My older brother disappeared and has never been heard from. Our house was haunted or so we kids thought. We would see an older white man walk through the house at night and disappear before the bathroom door. He was dressed in a railroad uniform. You know pinstriped duck head overalls and a cap like an engineer or something. We were one of the first black families to live in that area. My brother still lives there but he has since torn that house down and built a new one. Aliens, I don't know maybe but I do know that what I saw as a child and adolescent was real because I did not tell my children about it and they saw it too. I live in Illinois now and I have seen things at my old job at the Tinley Park Mental hospital too. (Yeah I know Mental Hospital) I was sitting in the lab with my regional director and I saw a big black glob cross the doorway. Well I was not going to say anything because I have been seeing crap my whole life that I can remember. She asked did you see that and I replied so you saw it to? We looked but we could not find anything. A couple days later there was a UFO sighting over Tinley. Aliens walking the earth as Ghost, Maybe. She just happens to be from Tennessee also, some little town down near Memphis.

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Posted by Beverly Wheatley on 08/27/2014 at 11:27 AM

Re: “Can cars, bikes and pedestrians share Nashville's roadways without someone ending up in the hospital?

Nashville's motorists need to learn what a crosswalk is, keep a safe distance from bikers and cyclists and to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians, both at street-corner intersections and when coming out of business driveways that intersect sidewalks.

Pedestrians need to quit jaywalking.

If all of this is accomplished, motorists and pedestrians will safely co-exist.

Stacy Harris
Publisher/Executive Editor/Media Critic
Stacy's Music Row Report
http://stacyharris.com

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Posted by Stacy Harris on 08/26/2014 at 8:04 PM

Re: “Can cars, bikes and pedestrians share Nashville's roadways without someone ending up in the hospital?

@VR where did you move from? Just curious, as I know the BPAC is looking at other city models and taking input to see what could improve our roads here.

Posted by AbbyW on 08/25/2014 at 11:11 PM

Re: “Can cars, bikes and pedestrians share Nashville's roadways without someone ending up in the hospital?

To state my bias up-front, I am pro-bicycles. I like riding a bicycle. I used to ride occasionally in NYC, both in the street and on bikeways.

That said, I think riding in Nashville is even more dangerous than riding in NYC. The traffic is usually moving faster in Nashville and the roads are narrow, winding and hilly. It's a recipe for disaster.

I fully support the creation of more greenways and bike lanes wherever the city's landscape and physical infrastructure permit. Heck, I'd support letting cyclists ride (slowly) on sidewalks in most parts of town, since outside of downtown the sidewalks are typically deserted.

But as a driver, I also think cyclists need to recognize that they are often creating a dangerous situation simply by their presence on the road. I'm not talking about downtown commuters, I'm talking about recreational cyclists (yes, in spandex on fancy road bikes) in the suburbs. On a 40 mph road. Going 15 mph uphill. I can't pass safely because there's no way I can give the cyclist a 3-ft safety zone without going over the yellow line into oncoming traffic.

So I wait. And drive at 15 mph. The recreational cyclist essentially is saying that all the drivers have to go more slowly so that he (usually a man) can get some exercise. Often less patient people will try to go around the cyclist, veering over the line and putting themselves, other drivers and the cyclist at risk.

I've given it a great deal of thought. I don't think there are easy answers. I think we all need to be more understanding and tolerant and respectful of one another.

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Posted by Aaron Midnight on 08/25/2014 at 11:09 PM

Re: “Can cars, bikes and pedestrians share Nashville's roadways without someone ending up in the hospital?

I've just moved to Nashville from a town where I rode my bike to work daily. There were bike paths and mutual respect on the road for cyclists. Please give drivers constant reminders that cyclists are on the road and to pay attention. If Nashville traffic is as bad as I'm hearing, the city will suffer without adequate alternate transportation methods for its commuting citizens. Traffic turns people off.

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Posted by VR on 08/25/2014 at 10:36 PM

Re: “Can cars, bikes and pedestrians share Nashville's roadways without someone ending up in the hospital?

Nashville's motorists need to learn what a crosswalk is and to yield the right of way to pedestrians at street intersections and the intersections of driveways and sidewalks.

Pedestrians need to learn not to jaywalk.

Compliance will cut down on most accidents involving drivers and pedestrians.

Stacy Harris
Publisher/Executive Editor/Media Critic
Stacy's Music Row Report
http://stacyharris.com

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Posted by Stacy Harris on 08/25/2014 at 7:58 PM

Re: “Can cars, bikes and pedestrians share Nashville's roadways without someone ending up in the hospital?

To "trying to share the road": the situations you describe are difficult for motorists and cyclists alike. Most cyclists would agree that on narrow/twisty/hilly roads in town where passing is difficult, the best action is to pass the cyclist SLOWLY.

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Posted by Dan Powell on 08/24/2014 at 11:30 AM

Re: “After the shock-and-awe images coming out of Ferguson, eyes turn to Nashville's $4 million in surplus military hardware

Balko is spot on and also a local.

End the drug war.
Put cameras on cops.

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Posted by 44allin on 08/23/2014 at 8:19 AM

Re: “After the shock-and-awe images coming out of Ferguson, eyes turn to Nashville's $4 million in surplus military hardware

Love your description of serving warrants: "As events in Ferguson have shown, one man's protest can be The Man's riot. And the horrible consequences of taking a shock-and-awe approach to everyday police work — e.g., serving warrants as if laying a smackdown on Osama bin Laden — have been well documented by journalists like Nashville-based Radley Balko, whose prescient 2013 book Rise of the Warrior Cop is getting new attention."

Here's a link to an excerpt from the Balko's "Warrior Cop" book on Salon.com.

http://www.salon.com/2013/07/07/%E2%80%9Cwhy_did_you_shoot_me_i_was_reading_a_book_the_new_warrior_cop_is_out_of_control/

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Posted by Jessica on 08/23/2014 at 1:19 AM

Re: “Can cars, bikes and pedestrians share Nashville's roadways without someone ending up in the hospital?

MNPD are horribly biased against cyclists as Sheffield's comments prove. I was ticketed for 'impeding the flow of traffic' while making a left turn on Gallatin Pike. Absolutely insane. And these are the guys we expect to properly document accidents?

Until things seriously change in this city I will ride as safely as possible. Motorists are welcome to honk and yell that I'm not in a bike lane or get upset when I move to the front of stopped traffic at a light. It's my skull on the line here.

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Posted by Karl Rove on 08/22/2014 at 7:06 PM

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