Wednesday, April 05, 2006

The Poop on Downtown

I am supportive of the movement afoot for people to live in downtown Nashville. Right now, it is urban hipsters buying lofts, but there are plans for several large-scale residental projects downtown including some in the Gulch, the new ballpark complex and the new 800-pound gorilla, the proposed Signature tower. I have seen numbers as high as 10,000 new downtown residents in the next several years.

I think that is great. I think it can only help Nashville continue its quest to turn around the suburban flight of the 60s and 70s. But that's a lot of people. Surely the developers aren't counting on having that many single or childless urban hipsters. Surely there will be a variety of people living there, including families.

So here's a potential problem. We don't have any park space downtown. Where are the children going to play? Where are the dogs going to crap?


At 5:36 PM , Blogger ceeelcee said...

I can see it now...yuppies everywhere hanging their "purse pooches" over the railings on the balconies of their half million dollar lofts like Michael Jackson showing his baby to the European press.

Bombs away!

At 8:51 PM , Blogger Exador said...

Here in Atlanta, we alleviate the problem by supplementing the hetero DINKs with gays and lesbians; very few children, but plenty of dogs.

At 8:32 AM , Blogger bridgett said...

I was going to say that gay and lesbian couples without kids, single lobbyists, and DINKS dominate the downtown around here. Kids are rare, but dogs are not. Dogowners walk around with plastic sacks full of shit -- a friend of mine credits this with the relative lack of crime, since no mugger wants to be smacked in the face with a hot dog turd.

At 12:47 PM , Anonymous Sarcastro said...

The dogs will shit the same place the winos shit. In the alley or in the wino park across from the library. Today, I'm downtown working at one of these soon to open sucker traps, er, I mean vintage lofts for the urban hipster. Good luck with all that asymmetrical haircut kids!

Most of the loft residents I see walk their dogs down to Riverfront Park to do their dirty bidness. Good thing there isn't a Dancing in The District anymore.

Since I've been working on these lofts I've seen bumfights, winos urinating on bus benches, winos stealing things out of the backs of trucks and winos eating out of garbage cans. All starting at $199,999! By the way, that's for the "Bring Out The Gimp" apartment in the basement. Bring an armored car if you want something with, say, a window.

At 7:46 PM , Blogger Tennessee Jed said...

Knoxville has been seeing the same growth downtown with many problems too. I can not understand the draw or the income it would take to support this lifestyle.

At 8:38 PM , Blogger Westview Mod said...

I moved to d'town Nashville last summer with the wife and two boys (3 and 6). No problems so far we are the token family in the building so the boys have plenty of attention. We normally walk to Centennial or Dragon Park but one closer in would be great. I am hoping when the Viridian Opens that some additional kids are included.


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