I am writing about your article “Rural Affairs” (Oct. 20), concerning a proposed development in Bells Bend, where I live. Ms. Kreyling states that “many—but certainly not all” residents have concerns about the 1,200-unit development. In fact, those residents of Bells Bend who oppose this development are a majority. I have seen their signatures on petitions filed in opposition to the development.
Ms. Kreyling also writes that much of the determined opposition is “from residents who live north of Ashland City Highway rather than in the Bend proper.” Aside from being an incorrect statement in regard to opposition in the Bend (see above), the statement is also wrong in its suggestion that the people to whom she refers have no right to an opinion on the matter. Bells Bend is a part of the Scottsboro community, which includes those who live north of Ashland City Highway. Contrary to the single voice at one community meeting in a week of such meetings, those residents of Scottsboro who do not live in the Bend are just as welcome in this discussion as they were in the fight against the dump and the fight against Bellevue’s sewage. Most people in the Bend appreciate and welcome their support.
As for the Zeitlin development, it is contrary to the subarea plan for this district. The residents of this community (as have the residents in every community within Nashville) decided, in the subarea planning process, what they wanted their community to be. This area is designated as rural with a building limit of one house every two acres. Mr. Zeitlin is unwilling to abide by those decisions, but seeks to build three times the number of houses the zoning would allow. This begs the question: why have zoning based on what we, the citizens, want, if any developer with enough money can set aside the wishes and desires of a community?
Mr. Zeitlin’s described epiphany and conversion to the tenets of “New Urbanism” would appear to have less to do with a bucolic view of our community than with the economic reality that he cannot make the profit that he wants by complying with current zoning. This kind of progress we can do without.
Ignorant, not anti-Semitic
The recent Scene
articles these past several weeks have been well written and stimulate the mind. The one about the Pig Head placed in front of the kosher restaurant at Vandy (“Pig Heads at Vanderbilt,” Oct. 20) is certainly one of those excellently written thought-provokers. If one considers the probable age of the student, 18-20, one might theorize that even his parents, probably born in the 1960s, are as unfamiliar with the Holocaust and Jewish orthodoxy as most of us are unfamiliar with the equations of the cosmologists. Jewish families certainly teach their children the sad history of anti-Semitism, but I doubt 2 percent of gentile families are familiar with that history in any form that is retained in their hearts and minds. For those of us who lived through those times, we remember well. But like most history, anything older than five years is ancient and quickly forgotten.
My conclusion is that the young student was totally ignorant of the possibly perceived insult. If he was my age, I’d label him an anti-Semite. Immature and ignorant is more likely the case here.
While the mission of FilmNashville is primarily to focus on development of the local filmmaking economy, the recent cover story, “Reeling Them In” (Oct. 20), omitted a number of points we made in support of the effort to light a fire under statewide film production incentives, including these exact quotes:
• “We’re lucky in 2005 to have an enlightened governor and Tennessee Film Commission taking pragmatic steps to compete in an industry which could literally generate billions per decade for the state.”
• “It’s of course enormously beneficial not only for local production crew and other multiple economic benefits to incentivize major productions from Hollywood and elsewhere.”
• “A major production from out of state can employ production service personnel for weeks or months.”
We appreciated Jim Ridley’s excellent and colorful article, as well as the Scene
’s flashy and humorous cover art, on our state’s need to provide greater film production incentives. But if one is in the everyday trenches of the industry, the situation is not a humorous one, because we have thousands of personnel and businesses whose livelihoods, families, house payments, health insurance and other basic needs are critically dependent upon the ebb and flow of production work in our city and state. FilmNashville fully supports our state film commission’s efforts to secure production incentives for out-of-state production activity, while we burn the candle on our end to encourage locally created and owned film, television and documentary properties that can be distributed to domestic and foreign markets.
Andy van Roon
In last week’s “Best of Nashville” issue, we misspelled the website address for Wags and Whiskers in East Nashville. The dog spa can be reached at www.wagsandwhiskersnashville.com
. Also, we extend our apologies to Hot Diggity Dogs and East Side Fish, whose write-ups were accidentally truncated. Finally, the woman in the photograph accompanying the film review of Forty Shades of Blue was mistakenly identified. The actress’s name is Mary Jean McAdams.
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