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  1. The Nashville transit failure was due in part to a massive astroturfing campaign by the Koch brothers. They make COAST look like the sombrero guy in comparison.
  2. Memphis is definitely southern rust belt, as is Birmingham like ColDayMan said. There's no shortage of moribund southern cities, and Tennessee has several. Knoxville and Chattanooga aren't really on anyone's radars, like memphis. Winston-Salem, Norfolk, Richmond, and Mobile could just as well be Buffalo, Milwaukee, South Bend, or Toledo. The states that have some booming cities and some under-performing cities are the interesting ones. It illustrates that it's not so much about state-level policies, but it's very likely due to the developmental legacies of the cities in question. Greensboro doesn't seem as rust belt-y as Winston-Salem, and the two cities have similar population histories, but Winston-Salem seems to have more in the way of the cotton/tobacco industrial legacy, and its growth per decade is much less consistent that Greenboro which has been able to march past it. I think there's certainly something to be said for the ability of smaller more aspirational cities to "shoot for the sky" and actually succeed when they're not encumbered by decades or centuries of legacy infrastructure or service costs, and fewer entrenched special interest groups and culture. They just need to get lucky with the timing and other factors at play. When the local economy is so good, then those special interests have a harder time getting a foothold too.
  3. "What's making these industries move to Nashville"? industries moving to Nashville is what's making industries move to Nashville. With a critical mass of growth, that growth itself becomes the driver of more growth, since much of our economy is based on sprawl-building, whether that's housing, roads/highways, cars, and the manufacturing, financing, and servicing thereof. So you can say they're growing because they're growing, just like some people are famous because they're famous. This is the typical MO for much of the sunbelt.
  4. jjakucyk

    Electric Scooter Sharing

    You've made some absurd statements in the past but that takes the cake.
  5. jjakucyk

    Electric Scooter Sharing

    ^ That's "vehicular cycling" in a nutshell.
  6. jjakucyk

    Electric Scooter Sharing

    All that proves is that you're an anomaly. Otherwise the world would be flooded with cyclists.
  7. That's...actually kinda nice.
  8. Ah one of my all-time favorite moments in The Simpsons. If you've ever seen Men in Black you know what Pierogis are.
  9. Except that black car is illegally parked. I don't recall if it was there before they started working or not, but it just got ticketed rather than towed.
  10. Higher voltage service makes running large banks of lights, refrigerators, and air conditioning compressors/fans more efficient, and 3-phase is better for anything that moves. 3-phase motors are mechanically/electrically simpler and less expensive, and especially under stop/start and modulating loads they can have a significant efficiency gain over their single-phase equivalents. That can make a big difference in your HVAC install and operating cost when you have two dozen rooftop units, on top of the chillers for refrigerated and freezer display cases.
  11. 277/480 volt (and various close permutations depending on wye vs delta transformers, etc.) is a very common commercial electric service. Volts don't really matter though, it's amps, and superchargers need a lot of amps. That's easier to deliver at higher voltage because it allows thinner wires.
  12. "The Historic Conservation Board, established by ordinance in 1980, consists of seven (7) members who are appointed by the City Manager. The Board must include at least one professional historic preservationist, one historian, two architects, one attorney, one person engaged in the real estate or development business, and one economist." https://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/buildings/historic-conservation/historic-conservation-board/
  13. The HCB takes over the responsibility of the zoning board in historic districts, so approvals don't need to go through multiple departments that may have conflicting priorities. It makes sense in the context of setbacks and height limits. The HCB would be more amenable to grant a variance for a project that's trying to adhere to the historic guidelines and adjacent building frontages, even if it doesn't fit the underlying zoning. Yes the HCB should be more flexible about density/parking/height, but I don't see any evidence to suggest that they're worse than the regular zoning board. Since the 15-unit density required a variance, that's why it was rolled into the overall historic review.
  14. If the luxury market is saturated, that makes lower-tier markets more attractive. That's part of the reason middle and even low-income housing could be built new in the past. Without zoning constraints creating scarcity across the board, builders could focus on their own particular strengths and niches, which could be apartments, tenements, row houses, etc., rather than chasing the luxury market.