The question posed in the article is "Did decades of poor urban planning make the Nashville flood worse and where we go from here?" ("Up the Creek," July 8). The only answer is yes; poor planning and variances past and recent have aggravated the consequences of flooding. Where do we go from here? Put our streams first in all planning and development and stop squandering essential resources, which put the community at risk. The only choice is to adapt to nature, not make nature adapt to our poor decisions. We can't engineer nature, ignore ecosystems — it just doesn't work. But we can engineer adaptations to nature.
When we don't respect the stream corridor, the streams will reclaim the area we took from them inevitably. We can call it historic, unprecedented or whatever you want, but it really is just streams taking back what we took away. Matt Pulle and Liz Garrigan's article has truly presented to the public a discussion about our core choices, and the consequences that follow when humans deny the fact: Streams need room to flow and swell.
The most important remark I read in the article was by Paul Davis of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation: "We want that watershed to act like it did in its pre-development stage, and the watershed delivering water to channels at the same rate as it naturally would have, had the area not been developed." This is the objective and our regulatory mandate set by the Clean Water Act, too many times ignored. Both kinds of flow are important to viable water resources and their ecosystems, normal flow and high flow. Two things are occurring in this watershed: a lack of normal flow by stream withdrawals, threatening stream sustainability, and the production of too much impervious area by development along stream corridors. The second creates unnatural, uncontrollable and catastrophic consequences — extreme high flow and extreme economic costs.
Streams need and have naturally a high and normal flow, but due to our denial they have extreme fluctuations. Our development and planning choices have either increased or reduced, respectively, this fluctuation. For the natural stream system to survive and sustain it needs allowance [for streams] to swell out of their banks — to flood dry soil and produce distinct nutrients and organisms for aquatic life and habitat year round. That is [the crux of] Mr. Davis' statement, "to act like it did in its pre-development stage."
Let's get back to nature.
One point not mentioned is the fact that the now dead Maytown project would have been situated at a location which was flooded May 2 (Up the Creek," July 8).
You should hear the stuff that gets spewed in my direction by the people who don't realize that I'm a blogger and not a T-shirt manufacturer ("Flood Rage," July 8).
Basically, if someone thinks they've been screwed on a product that says "We Are Nashville," every single one of them seems to come my way thinking that I somehow have some God-like power to assert control over anything with the three magic words on it. It's been so long that people don't even realize that it was just a blog I wrote. ... I'm not a "founder" or "the head" of anything. ... I'd be willing to wager that aside from complaining about their merchandise, the majority of the people who email me have never even heard of Section303.com, much less read the blog post.
Regarding Adam Gold's preview of the Adam Lambert concert: This is the first article I've read on your site and rest assured it will be my last ("Our Critics' Picks," July 1). Why would you print something that is so biased and completely ignorant? Mr. Gold would do better to write a preview that would be insightful, using language that is not offensive to your average reader. Is this really the best you can do? Is this the viewpoint you want us to have of Nashville and your publication?
You should distance yourself from Adam Gold's homophobic, uninformed rant about Adam Lambert, it is beneath the dignity of a legitimate news source ("Our Critics' Picks," July 1). The 17 reader comments at this point all refute points in the story. You should be embarrassed about Gold's hatchet job on this kind young man and his tour that is selling out both nationwide and internationally.
The Great State of Alabama has never had a governor with the last name of Thompson ("Our Critics' Picks," July 8). Unfortunately, Emily Bartlett Hines misreports the name of the late governor "Big Jim" Folsom in her note about the reading of To Kill a Mockingbird on July 11 at Davis-Kidd, and the connection to Malcolm Gladwell's article in The New Yorker linking the progressive, populist 1950s Alabama governor to the protagonist of Harper Lee's novel. Gov. Folsom is famous in the folklore of the state for having been simultaneously corrupt and honest — on the take, but "the little man's friend." Gladwell's article is worth a read, for students of history wondering how George Wallace could be the only third-party presidential candidate in modern times to actually win electoral votes. But I do think it's a bit much for Gladwell to take Harper Lee's Atticus to task for not being more heroic. I mean, he's just a character in a book, right?
I just read your article in the Nashville Scene and LOVED IT! ("The Big Chill," June 24.) I was just talking to a friend last night, explaining to him that he doesn't have to be the "cool dad" and that if your teenagers are mad at you, chances are you've done/said the right thing. I'm going to show him this article, since half the time, he doesn't listen to me!
Seldom do I find articles in the Scene that prompt me to action ("The Big Chill," June 24). It seems in the last few years the paper has resorted to two things: profanity and rehashes. It's story after story of things that happened 20 or 30 years ago, or it's reviews and liberal commentary filled with expletives and rhetoric.
But that Lindsay Ferrier got it EXACTLY right when she "lost her cool." It's called parenting, and it sounds like Ms. Ferrier is doing a pretty good job. What IS cool about you, Ms. Ferrier, is that you recognize your un-coolness and you ACCEPT it for what it is — responsible parenting. Bravo to you and may God bless you and your kids. They may not think you're cool, but at some point they will respect you as you now do your parents.
Thanks for an article worth reading and a viewpoint worth celebrating.
I appreciated Christine Kreyling's article ("Detroit, Wreck City?," July 1). As a former Chicago resident who moved to this area for a career opportunity and now resides south of the city in Franklin, I only miss jumping on public transportation to enjoy everything a true downtown offers! Middle Tennessee government officials and residents would be well-served to acknowledge and embrace the many advantages of a strong public transportation system sooner than later.
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