Tell Tony no
Giarratana has done nothing but destroy historic buildings and change our skyline for the worse ("The Signature Tower and May Town Center are far from sure things. Is Tony Giarratana's legacy as Nashville's development king up in the air?" Aug. 6)—e.g., taking the iconic L&C Tower out of our skyline.
Why anyone would not speak up before he tore down the Tennessee Theater and the Sudekum Building is beyond me. And FYI, he did not convert the Bennie Dillon Building into lofts. It had already been converted into beautiful lofts five years previous to his buying the building and giving renters the ultimatum of paying his over-inflated prices or get out. He bought the building and claimed to have converted them.
I know he didn't convert them because I had lived there for three years when he quietly went through my apartment several times with his posse, thinking I would never know. But I had a neighbor who informed me each time. When I would ask management about it, of course they denied it.
That is the MO of his management team, and that is his way of doing business. I don't understand why articles whine about his presence here, yet no one will speak up. Just say no to him, then there will be no need to keep putting his "big ideas" in the paper.
Caring about our heritage
I know most of your readers are too young to know what I am talking about. I was one of the people who fought very hard to save the Tennessee Theater and the Sudekum Building from the infamous developer, Tony G. When the ruling came in favor of Mr. G, I realized that at that time Nashville did not care much for its heritage.
The Sudekum was built in the 1930s. It was an Art Deco marvel. The theater was intended to be part of the project, but The Great Depression stopped it. In 1952 the movie house finally was built. It was glorious. It was one of the last movie palaces ever built in this country. It should have been preserved as an icon. Instead, Mr. G saw it all as only property. And the city went along.
I blame city government
This was a well-balanced article describing in truthful terms Tony G.'s strengths and weaknesses. I too remember that beautiful Tennessee Theater from when I was a young kid. There is, however, equal blame to go around—Tony G. was allowed by an unsophisticated Metro Planning Commission and ultimately Metro Council to destroy that landmark.
When it comes right down to it, he did Belle Meade Town Center much more correctly because he did reuse the facade of the old theater, and it absolutely enhances the street view. With developers as a rule, there is ego involved, and that is not necessarily a bad thing as ego can often drive vision. It is when greed and ego mix that negative results occur.
Truthfully, Nashville is no better or worse than many other cities when it comes to preserving the city's historic buildings. Again, I blame city government as much as the developers for what happened over the last two decades.
Mayor Dean at least gives the appearance of having his head on straight and not flip-flopping, regardless of which side of development issues he comes down on.
Thanks for the coverage. Once that beautiful land is gone, it's gone forever. The developer pockets his money, and all of us are poorer. Why does Europe have great views even after thousands of years? They understand the value of preserving the green countryside.
According to Jeff Woods, Jim Cooper is more than a little responsible for delaying the vote on health care until after the August break. Good for him! The congressional budget office estimates that the House health bill would increase the deficit by $239 billion over the next 10 years, and then it really starts getting into serious money.
A billion here, a billion there, and sooner or later you're talking real money, as Bunker Hunt said. These estimates are probably conservative. Remember in 1967 ways and means estimates for Medicare for 1990 were $12 billion. When 1990 came, the real figure was $110 billion.
Jim Cooper did the right thing to get Congress to slow down and not just cram this bill through the system. Health care is about 1/7 of the economy and much too important to get wrong in light of the deficits already coming down the road.
I just wanted to write and compliment the good taste and great sense of humor demonstrated in the write-up of the Jim Rose Circus in last week's Critics' Picks. (July 30). Making sure to include the line from their press release, "...Not since Christians were fed to the lions has there been a show this funny," was absolutely hilarious.
Here are a few other phrases you can use in the future that are just as funny: "more fun than sending Jews to the gas chambers," or "as funny as lynching a black man," or how about "better than shooting a homosexual?" There's nothing quite like homicide and hatred to tickle the old funny bone.
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