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Comment Archives: stories: News: Cover Story

Re: “As Nashville's immigrant population grows, Metro public schools are straining at the seams

They pay no taxes? Really? Do they not pay sales tax when they purchase food or clothing? Does the mother not pay payroll taxes through her job? Does their landlord not pay property taxes out of the rent payment? Does the mother not pay gasoline tax when she fuels her car? Exactly what taxes do these people not pay that you do?

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Posted by more cowbell on 10/16/2014 at 9:15 AM
Posted by mr. pink on 10/16/2014 at 8:54 AM

Re: “As Nashville's immigrant population grows, Metro public schools are straining at the seams

Nice and just think they pay no taxes and strain the whole system..............People like Karl just love them..........What a joke

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Posted by jim jackpot on 10/16/2014 at 8:17 AM

Re: “Behind the Amendment 1 vote on abortion rights lies a tangle of case law, confusion and conflict

@brothermartin It's up to each individual reader — and voter — to decide what is "nasty" or "deceitful." As one of the authors of this story, my intent was to present the facts: the political/legal history of Amendment 1 and what each side of the campaign is saying about it. I certainly don't hide my stance on Amendment 1, but I would never allow that to pollute the way in which I reported on this issue.

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Posted by AbbyW on 10/14/2014 at 10:36 PM

Re: “Behind the Amendment 1 vote on abortion rights lies a tangle of case law, confusion and conflict

The interesting thing is the fight is as much about semantics and define (or re-define) the state constitution, and in so doing, define reality for the millions who live in Tennessee. Drive around the area and get a look at the homes with big 'Yes on 1' signs and it becomes clear the fight is less about a medical procedure and more about who's boss.

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Posted by Mary B on 10/11/2014 at 3:00 PM

Re: “When it comes to lesbian dating in Nashville, sadly, the clichés say it best

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Posted by Elena Dariya on 10/09/2014 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Can the people Nashville hopes to attract afford to move here? And can the residents who made it desirable afford to stay?

"Sounds like a bunch of Millennial-hipsters are worried they can't continue their way of life. Give me a break!"

Don't you know the Scene EXISTS to glorify Millennial hipsters?

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Posted by Bob on 10/07/2014 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Can the people Nashville hopes to attract afford to move here? And can the residents who made it desirable afford to stay?

Paulie, I can bellyache all I want. I bought in Sylvan Park when most hipsters were still wearing diapers.

They're tearing down all of the affordable (a relative term, I know) homes here and building crappy, ugly houses that dwarf their neighbors and don't fit in at all. But I guess that last point will be moot in 20 years, when all of the houses are crappy, ugly and huge. What a waste.

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Posted by Sylvia Parker on 10/07/2014 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Can the people Nashville hopes to attract afford to move here? And can the residents who made it desirable afford to stay?

It's amazing how much complaining is going on. I got news for you people! "The trendy areas are already "homogenized" it happened a few years ago when "black people" were displaced to make room for the "creative white" and now the "creative" are getting upset because the "wealthy homogenized white people" want to move in. LOL Give me a break!

If your "creative" job doesn't pay enough to live in a trendy/hot neighborhood there are a few options:

A. Get another job! You might not be good enough to make the kind of money you need to support yourself. That's what responsible people who don't blame others do they get another job so they can support themselves.

B. Work harder and your craft and work harder at making money to support yourself! You like any other other group are not entitled to government funding ie affordable housing because you are "creative" and you don't want to compromise.

C. MOVE! move 5, 10, 15, miles down the road. Funny how these creative, hip people who take all the credit for creating these neighborhoods and abhor "homogenized wealthy people" yet won't live in Madison or near Nolensville Road, or any other neighborhoods that is mixed or "international."

Sounds like a bunch of Millennial-hipsters are worried they can't continue their way of life. Give me a break!

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Posted by Cheeseburger on 10/06/2014 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Can the people Nashville hopes to attract afford to move here? And can the residents who made it desirable afford to stay?

Madison is a dirty diamond community in Nashville. We've got the urban vitality. We've got the suburban pockets. We've got the Leiper's Fork vibe down Neely's Bend. We've got lots and lots of hidden gems up here. We may not be polished, but we're a gold mine of reasonably priced homes and killer awesome prices for commercial real estate for budding small businesses and entrepreneurs. It's the best for musicians, artists and dancers looking for live/work spaces. Madison is where East Nashville was, but very quickly is on the radar for big changes. Madison is a priority area for new development and reinvestment according to the latest Metropolitan Planning Departments, draft plans. So, get in now folks.

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Posted by Sasha Mullins Lassiter on 10/05/2014 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Can the people Nashville hopes to attract afford to move here? And can the residents who made it desirable afford to stay?

The "Classic rule" is actually 25%. Good luck putting savings aside at anything higher than that, if you also have to buy your own health insurance or are an individual contractor who's going to have to put aside 15% for self-employment tax. Are we at car payments, yet?

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Posted by Mary B on 10/04/2014 at 8:06 AM

Re: “As Metro schools tries to shed its 'culture of fear,' the district's first lieutenant faces a culture battle of his own

If you would like to see what how Steele's leadership style is articulated and how local principals mimic his top down approach, you should learn more about the fear-mongering bully at Maplewood High School. That particular school leader is selfishly driven, media hunger and an autocratic leader who knows well how to play the game. He makes his leadership team pledge loyalty to him and if he since and dissent or push back about HIS ideas, he removes all perceived threats. Though the school gives the appearance of making gains, it is at the expense of people development and at the barrel of intimidation and fear. If anyone has the courage, they should look into the ACT testing for the 2013-2014 school year. He actually allowed only certain students to take the state mandated test for all juniors and encouraged those who were not slated to do well to not attend or he didn't allow them to go to the testing site. This was illegal and an injustice to the Maplewood community.

Posted by Walt on 10/04/2014 at 6:38 AM

Re: “Can the people Nashville hopes to attract afford to move here? And can the residents who made it desirable afford to stay?

It's ok you guys! We "creatives" that gave the city it's It status will have to move to the suburbs and only come to town to serve the yuppie elite food and drinks. Remember to get back to your servant's quarters out of their sight after!

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Posted by edwardkg on 10/03/2014 at 7:46 PM

Re: “Can the people Nashville hopes to attract afford to move here? And can the residents who made it desirable afford to stay?

I second Nashvillelocal. Woodbine-Radnor is great! (Radnor is right by Performance Studios & Gojo Ethiopian). Lot sizes are huge. Beautiful old trees. Mortgages are low. Neighbors are nice. Amazing location -- also close to 65 (at 100 Oaks 1.5 miles from Radnor community) and 24 -- close to the Kroger on E Thompson. I'd add that I love the community center and library at Nolensville & Thompson lane. The library is small but you can order things to be delivered. Close to Radnor Lake from the 8th avenue side. 8 minutes to 8th avenue & 10 minutes to Belmont. Amazing "ethnic" food and 2 new coffee shops on Nolensville. I can't believe there's not more development here. I just hope whoever does it, does it right -- inclusively. (If only the city would add sidewalks *and* develop the fairground space into a park like Shelby Bottoms.)

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Posted by LoveRadnor-Woodbine on 10/03/2014 at 6:28 PM

Re: “Can the people Nashville hopes to attract afford to move here? And can the residents who made it desirable afford to stay?

For the record: Belmont Blvd is about to see it's first house sell at $2,000,000.- In fact, it has already been sold, the rehabbing just needs to be completed. Not surprising at all.

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Posted by rolffz on 10/03/2014 at 5:24 PM

Re: “Can the people Nashville hopes to attract afford to move here? And can the residents who made it desirable afford to stay?

I live in what I call "the most boring part of town." And I sure hope it stays this way.

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Posted by Secret Nashville Neighborhood on 10/03/2014 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Can the people Nashville hopes to attract afford to move here? And can the residents who made it desirable afford to stay?

FYI: We made up the name "Eastwood" in the mid-90s when we started the Eastwood Neighbors -- I think we found some reference to an Eastwood and went with it...Folks who started the association still live in the neighborhood. They'll tell you.

My fantastic fixer-upper Eastwood Neighbors house was purchased in 1993 for $80,000, around the corner from where all the goodness is on Eastland by Jeni's. I hear my old house is worth close to $500,000 now.

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Posted by carriefw on 10/03/2014 at 11:34 AM

Re: “Can the people Nashville hopes to attract afford to move here? And can the residents who made it desirable afford to stay?

http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tables…

1 in 6 Nashville households has income greater than $100,000. That's 40,800 households.

More than 1 in 5 families (32,000 of them) have income greater than $100,000. An additional 45,000 families make have income between $50,000 and $100,000.

Of course, there are a lot of households without that type of income. That doesn't negate the fact that a significant portion of the people living in Nashville make those higher amounts.

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Posted by Diatribean!! on 10/03/2014 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Can the people Nashville hopes to attract afford to move here? And can the residents who made it desirable afford to stay?

I guess I don't get the angst.

Some people make more money than you. Some people make different lifestyle choices than you. Builders stake their livelihoods on someone buying what they build (and they had a particularly shitty 2006 to 2008). All these people come together to build, buy and live in houses that cost more than posters here think they should. So? I like pie.

Several of you have gone from Nashville being It City to micro-cheerleading for your particular swath of Davidson county (or beyond, eee gads). That's all fine and good, as no one wants to live in a place they dislike.

Somehow, I think that in other areas of your life you position yourself as well-enlightened.

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Posted by Diatribean!! on 10/03/2014 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Can the people Nashville hopes to attract afford to move here? And can the residents who made it desirable afford to stay?

It's all well and good, to bellyache about how pricey your beloved hipster enclaves have become, like East Nasty and Sylvan Park.
But as usual with EVERYONE covering our town (even the Mayor), the writer completely skips all other options besides the places mentioned above, and the handiest alternatives he can think of...Antioch and Bellevue. Har!
Actually, I'm kinda glad.
We here in 'NearSouth Nashville' are more than happy to remain undiscovered!
Please...continue to ignore us!!!
That way we can continue to pile our out-of-town friends into solid mid-century ranches priced at or near $130K, with gorgeous, spacious yards on quiet streets, for a fraction of everything mentioned in the Scene's by-the-numbers assessment of Nashville.
Down here we don't need the attention, thanks!
We'll just 'suffer'...blocks from the best access to reasonable (and great ethnic) restaurants, the best array of convenient, 24/7 food and household shopping in the city, and direct access to downtown without ANY interstates, via Nolensville Road.
Biggest Added Bonus: Not too many Hipsters!
Win-win.

Nothing to see here, Scenesters...just move along...! =)

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Posted by Paulie on 10/03/2014 at 8:30 AM

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