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Comment Archives: stories: News: Pith in the Wind

Re: “The Problem with Deliberately Trying to Be Not-lanta

Betsy, Hwy 109, which connects with the end of 840 North, and runs west through Portland (and to the soon to be built connection with I 65), is set to be widened to four lanes. Lets see how that helps the traffic situation before building the undoubtedly costly addition to 840.

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Posted by D.R. Twyne on 05/27/2015 at 9:19 PM

Re: “The Problem with Deliberately Trying to Be Not-lanta

Chris, Cobb County is now unbearable to live in, because its county commission was corrupt and in league with developers to pave and build on every last bit of land in the county. For years, residents showed up at meetings and hearings to fight this. I sat through many a one with my neighbors. The developers, Wal-Mart, etc., eventually won every time. Our county commission chairman destroyed our quality of life, not to mention waterways and ecological balance, while secretly building a home in a Georgia mountain county and influencing its county leaders to pass heavy restrictions on growth. After this guy made his reward money in Cobb, he moved to his home in the pristine surroundings.

The last thing I did before moving back to Tennessee was get a news reporter and a photographer out to chronicle the demise of the lake in my Atlanta neighborhood.

I lived in several parts of Atlanta and have family still there. Its interstates have been under ongoing construction for the 45 years I know of. The air quality is deadly now.

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Posted by Donna on 05/27/2015 at 8:34 PM

Re: “#MayoralChatter: About Megan Barry's 'Tough Fights' on Wages, Nondiscrimination, and Affordable Housing

Barry is an idle minded feminist book-cluber who probably thinks it would be fun to run on a ticket promising various outliers (LGTG) justice. Being the "real progressive" in this race is reason enough not to vote for her.

Let us vote for David Fox, the financial conservative, consolidate our rather remarkable progress, continue to support charters and be certain the city has good credit and can move on.

Do not forget progressive means high taxes, poor credit and ignorance of school reform. If up north maybe a riot.

David Fox for mayor.

After all I did have a small, intimate lunch with him. He is good, very good.

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Posted by elcommandante' on 05/27/2015 at 8:14 PM

Re: “#MayoralChatter: About Megan Barry's 'Tough Fights' on Wages, Nondiscrimination, and Affordable Housing

Barry accomplished a few things years ago but now is little more than a corporate/Chamber of Commerce shill. There is no rationale for her campaign other than she is attached to Dean's hip (I'll let a cheap joke opportunity pass). When it came time for her to separate herself and tell the city where she wanted to take it, Barry was hopelessly lost. Voters noticed. An independent poll eventually will be released. It is reasonable to assume Barry won't like what it shows. This city needs new blood and thinking and appears poised to go in that direction.

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Posted by Next on 05/27/2015 at 8:05 PM

Re: “#MayoralChatter: About Megan Barry's 'Tough Fights' on Wages, Nondiscrimination, and Affordable Housing

When neighbors reached out to her to stop Southern Land from building a 22-story skyscraper by exploiting a loophole in the Green Hills UDO we got crickets.

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Posted by Southern Beale on 05/27/2015 at 7:34 PM

Re: “Maria De Varenne is Right: We Need Access to the Vandy Evidence

I think they will be resolved by plea agreements after post-trial motions, some of which clearly will have merit, are denied as to the Defendants Vandenburg and Batey.

That is why they were severed in the first place on motion of Tom "Let's Make A Deal" Thurman -- the chief pimp at liberty's whorehouse.

Posted by notguilty on 05/27/2015 at 6:59 PM

Re: “#MayoralChatter: About Megan Barry's 'Tough Fights' on Wages, Nondiscrimination, and Affordable Housing

This is good journalism by the Scene's Hale, and I assume Cavendish.

In a race where everyone "sounds" alike (without saying anything) and the newsroom of the future is too busy tweeting post-debate party pics, it's about time we start discussing policy issues and holding all candidates accountable.

Bravo to the Scene.

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Posted by Well Played on 05/27/2015 at 5:21 PM

Re: “#MayoralChatter: About Megan Barry's 'Tough Fights' on Wages, Nondiscrimination, and Affordable Housing

Steven, this is well done and well timed. The budget issues are real. Barry can't avoid them and the other candidates should not be allowed to duck them either. Perhaps you can get--or at least try to get-- direct answers from each candidate on how they would vote on every one of these budget items.
Push them for a "yes" or "no" answer and publish the responses.


.

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Posted by Henry Walker on 05/27/2015 at 5:10 PM

Re: “#MayoralChatter: About Megan Barry's 'Tough Fights' on Wages, Nondiscrimination, and Affordable Housing

Steven lays out a pretty compelling case as to why Megan Barry is the real progressive in this race. The issues and legislation she's brought to the forefront have made Nashville a more progressive city and have made a difference for working families...she's really the only one in this race who can make that claim.

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Posted by Progressives for Megan on 05/27/2015 at 4:47 PM

Re: “The Problem with Deliberately Trying to Be Not-lanta

I'd say we're already emulating Atlanta's lack of prior planning. It took more than 20 years to get the southern loop of 840 completed, counting the couple of years the lawsuit stymied construction, so it's realistic to think that it'd be at least 15 years to get land acquired and construction completed for the northern loop.

Robert Moses, the architect of New York's present system of roads, eschewed mass transit in favor of building roads, and more roads.
Every time he built a road, it filled up; his solution was to build yet another parkway or highway, none of which ever solved the problem.

The only real solution is to start now on designing mass transit solutions to meet the rapidly growing populations of Rutherford, Wilson, and Sumner County.

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Posted by Puttingonthefoil on 05/27/2015 at 4:35 PM

Re: “#MayoralChatter: About Megan Barry's 'Tough Fights' on Wages, Nondiscrimination, and Affordable Housing

She agreed to give wealthy HCA a huge welfare check, she gave in to blackmail by Firestone, she praised the totally unnecessary Gulch bridge, and of course the 75 million for a new Sounds playpen.

We need a real progressive, not another Corpocrat.

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Posted by Kosh III on 05/27/2015 at 2:59 PM

Re: “The Problem with Deliberately Trying to Be Not-lanta

I do not know about eastern Briley but Western Briley gets used as a bypass pretty heavily in the afternoons and evenings.

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Posted by Moost on 05/27/2015 at 2:47 PM

Re: “#MayoralChatter: About Megan Barry's 'Tough Fights' on Wages, Nondiscrimination, and Affordable Housing

This article appearing at this particular time is comical . . .

"Of the seven candidates running to succeed Dean, Barry is the only one who definitely has to take a side in his last fight."

Barry has always followed Dean - no leadership required on her part to do so - but now, will she "dump Dean" to appear a "decisive leader" or doing what she has always done: follow?

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Posted by Luckyforward on 05/27/2015 at 2:43 PM

Re: “#MayoralChatter: About Megan Barry's 'Tough Fights' on Wages, Nondiscrimination, and Affordable Housing

This article at this time in the Scene is comical . . .

"Of the seven candidates running to succeed Dean, Barry is the only one who definitely has to take a side in his last fight."

. . . or bite the hand that has fed you.

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Posted by Luckyforward on 05/27/2015 at 2:39 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: Lions, Prison, and The Oldest Men and Women on Earth

Brother Yoyo is correct! If it wasn't for Nobama, Iraq would be a democracy now and we'd have peace in the middle east! Instead, Obummer has delivered to us ISIS, which was birthed in Benghazi! Gruber knows what happened and when he tells all, which will probably happen soon, we can go ahead and impeach Nobama and imprison the Hildabeast!

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Posted by Angry White Patriot! on 05/27/2015 at 1:26 PM

Re: “The Problem with Deliberately Trying to Be Not-lanta

"Over at WPLN, they're talking about how, as fast as Nashville is growing, it's not growing as quickly as our less expensive neighbors."

Meaning? Yes, two nearby small cities are adding population at a greater rate, but Nashville is adding more actual people--the rate's simply smaller because Nashville has far more people to begin with. Would building 840 North make us grow faster? That's not what expressways do, exactly. Or is your point that more expressways would make longer commutes from cheaper places possible? Are you really advocating more urban sprawl? Right now through traffic from the north can use Briley Parkway to avoid the city center; does that happen?

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Posted by David Carlton on 05/27/2015 at 1:16 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: Lions, Prison, and The Oldest Men and Women on Earth

There's only one monster's demise I'll be cheering....

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Posted by JohntheRevelator on 05/27/2015 at 12:52 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: Lions, Prison, and The Oldest Men and Women on Earth

Speaking of angry white men...and you wonder why things are so fucked up.

https://secure2.convio.net/comcau/site/Adv…

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Posted by JohntheRevelator on 05/27/2015 at 12:46 PM

Re: “The Problem with Deliberately Trying to Be Not-lanta

Our congestion problems have noticeably worsened in the past few years, but a ring road will probably have a limited impact. Others have identified that expanding the interstate often just encourages more people to drive long distances, meaning there is little net impact from a huge investment. I'd bet that during peak times, the vast majority of the traffic is local/regional rather than transiting through town, so a ring road does little for them. In addition, ring roads as ways to get through traffic out of the city center are not particularly effective because they're substantially longer in terms of distance than the through route, meaning that unless traffic is very bad on the direct route, traffic will still prefer it to the less congested but longer alternative. A way of changing that might be to introduce congestion charges/tolling for the direct route to incentivize use of the ring road. Congestion charges could also provide funding for expanded mass transit and encourage people to carpool or take mass transit.

A big part of the congestion problem around downtown is an interstate loop that is rather poorly designed, with people having to make multiple lane changes in short distances and on- and off-ramps with insufficient safety margins. I'm no expert in civil engineering, but there are probably ways of making significant improvements to the central loop and its approaches that would improve the flow of traffic considerably.

That won't do much for the horror that is rush hour traffic coming into downtown in the mornings and leaving in the evenings. Improving that situation will require a good regional mass transit system and local systems to feed it as well as incentives (the aforementioned congestion charge, for example) for people to take it rather than drive themselves.

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Posted by Eric on 05/27/2015 at 12:25 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: Lions, Prison, and The Oldest Men and Women on Earth

" Iraq was stable when Obama took office "

Bullshit

"Hussein is dead, dead, dead. You ought to be cheering the monster's demise.."

What has followed him is worse.

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Posted by Observer on 05/27/2015 at 11:42 AM

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