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Here's wishing a happy new year to the subject of J.R. Lind's cover story in today's City Paper: the beleagured 5th and Main development
in East Nashville, heralded in the headline as "the $47 million disappointment." Started with the best of intentions--optimism about the prospects of its surrounding neighborhood, faith in its ability to lure young newcomers and professionals across the river--it instead ended up in receivership. To find out why, Lind talks to Affordable Housing Resources CEO Eddie Latimer, perhaps the only real-estate developer in Nashville with a background in theology and religious history. ...
Speaking of real estate and religion, the developers plundering Tennessee's wetlands
may miss all that water when they arrive at the gates of hell. ...The Titans' mighty Chris Johnson left footprints on O.J. Simpson's back
, joining the short list of NFL stars who've rushed 2,000 yards in a single season. ...From the morning print daily: a story that casually mentions convention business was sluggish in 2009
and is expected to stay that way this year. One problem, says Butch Spyridon: Nashville doesn't have a big enough convention-center space. If business is slow, we'd better build a billion-dollar center and hotel complex. WRVU, Walmart, quick. ...Looking for a list of all the shows that won't be returning to WRVU since Vanderbilt's radio station instituted a cap on community DJs? Here it is.
You'll also want to check out Liberadio(!)'s podcasts on the controversy
. ...What the hell is "Babailov Boysenberry Mousse?" After reading this juicy recap of 2009's wildest, weirdest local legal battles
, you still may not be sure. ...
Get used to that bitter cold, at least for the week
. But we've got just the thing to warm you up: a little number called "(I'm Hungover in) The Walmart Breakroom."
Thank us later.