(via Hammock.com) Nashville is having a run-off election to determine who its next mayor and several metro council members will be. Election Day is September 10, but early voting began last Friday. To find out exactly where and when early voting takes place, the Nashville.gov website sends you to the Davidson County Election Commission’s webpage. There you can download a PDF of a page filled with SHOUTING-OUT ALL-CAPS listing the time the polls will close. (See accompanying image.) Yikes! Rather than complain, some folks at Hammock decided to create something we could share in the office that makes it a little clearer when and where one can vote early. Thinking we’re not the only confused voters, we then decided we’d share it here with anyone who would like to use it. We’re not trying to get you to vote for a specific candidate. We’re just trying to get you to vote.
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*Nashville and Davidson County were merged into one municipality in 1963, so any references to county or city mean the same thing.
If you live in Nashville and are looking for a fun way to spend an hour on a Thursday night, here’s a suggestion: Attend the The Ben & Morey Show. I know, I know. This blog is not where you turn for live entertainment tips, but stick with me.
First, I must explain, the Ben & Morey Show is a television show, except without the TV. Or perhaps a radio show or podcast, without those either. Perhaps it is streamed, but I’m not sure of that, either. Or maybe it’s available via Periscope. I have no doubt they’ll make it to Periscope one day.
For now, however, it’s a live comedy act — live as in you go to a venue and pay $10 to be entertained. Fortunately you get your money’s worth — and more.
Continue reading Hey, Let’s Put on a Show
(Note: I posted this originally for friends on my Facebook account, but decided I should add it here so that one day, when I forget where I posted it, it will be here.)
For those of you who do not live in Nashville, the following item is about a mayoral election we had yesterday — the culmination of a year-long (or longer) campaign between seven candidates in which incredibly large amounts of money were spent by most of the candidates. We now have a run-off between two candidates who, in my opinion, would both would be great mayors.
I am relieved this morning, knowing that Nashville’s next mayor will be one of two people who I am convinced are thoughtful, committed and smart people. While they will both use labels to define the other candidate, they both fit in the mold of the recent mayors who have served the city well.
Fortunately, we had a field of candidates who could have also fit that bill.
I feel certain that if I polled those who are my friends who live in Nashville (both the Facebook kind and the kind who I have dinner with on the weekends), I would discover that most supported one of the two run-off candidates.
Some of my closest, long-time friends are even playing key roles in the campaigns of both of the two candidates. (I also have close friends who worked on several of the other campaigns, as well.)
And one of the candidates is a long-time friend.
I am going to attempt to keep my Facebook account a runoff-free zone, but today, I think it’s a good day for Nashville’s future.
A couple of months before it opened in 2013, my cousin’s husband (my first-cousin-in-law?) gave me an incredible tour of Nashville’s impressive new convention center, the Music City Center. (He was a supervising engineer on the project.) In the album of photos I posted on Flickr, I included a shot of four acres of its roof planted with prairie grasses; a part of its water collection system. (There are many more acres of solar panels and other green-things, also.)
Earlier this week, I heard this story on Nashville’s public radio station, WPLN, about a volunteer beekeeper who has helped install and is managing honey bee beehives on that roof. The hives were an idea the center staff borrowed from a convention center in Vancouver. (Sidenote: My suggestion for something else Nashville should borrow from Vancouver: Their understanding of the importance of bicycles in urban planning.)
According to the story, the Music City Center’s roof-bee population has quickly grown to 200,000+ and the honey they will produce (about 350 lbs. a year) is being used in the Music City Center’s kitchens and as part of the center’s marketing efforts.
Most surprising thing in the story: there were over 20 million bees in downtown Nashville already, even before the arrival of the Music City Center hives.
Continue reading That Buzz You’re Hearing in Music From Nashvile Isn’t Static
Nashvillians, mark your calendars. In three weeks, a mile-long stretch of Division Street and 11th Avenue (basically, “The Gultch”) will turn into a three-hour family-friendly greenway.
The inaugural Nashville Open Streets Festival takes place on June 27, 2015 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (And it’s free.)
It will be a somewhat shorter version of such open streets events that have grown extremely popular in cities around the world. (They are also referred to as ciclovias or cyclovias, a spanish word meaning “cycleway,” as they originated in Bogata, Columbia, in the mid 1970s.)
What is an Open Streets Festival?
Continue reading Nashville Will Have its First Open Streets Festival on June 27