Letters to the Editor

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 5:04pm

Marching orders for May Town

There is an old saying amongst city planners — or there should be: Cities can only be built where people can get to them, and successful cities only happen where people already are.

The fantasy of a money-generating May Town — currently accessible by canoe, helicopter, and a tiny road at the end of a 16-mile trip from downtown — is unraveling as folks look a little closer. The new traffic analysis says two bridges would be needed, and adds that no one has calculated the taxpayer costs of interstate expansion, new clover- leafs, road widening, and the extra bridge.

I also liked the one-bridge scenario with a “non-repeating event” — i.e. wreck, traffic jam, or barge running into bridge — forcing May Town’s projected 40,000 workers to use tiny Old Hickory Boulevard to drive home.

That’s one lane heading north the five miles to Highway 12. Parked bumper to bumper,
this road would accommodate 1,320 cars. You do the math — 20 feet per car, 5,280 feet per mile, five miles. Add a repeating event, such as George West on his old Farm-All tractor, or a deer bolting across the road, or a tree falling in an ice storm. I think you get the picture.

Maybe this is why May Town needs a 15-story hotel. It certainly is part of the reason why, if we need May Town, we need it somewhere else.

Brenda Butka, 37218

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5 Comments on this post:

By: Captain Nemo on 5/21/09 at 11:12

May Town belong in another part of town. Some where the infrasturctuer want cost taxpayer as much.

By: brrrrk on 5/21/09 at 11:24

Doesn't anyone else find it ironic that projects like May Town try to replicate the very thing that Walmart destroys.. the small town and small town economies

By: Captain Nemo on 5/21/09 at 11:34

I guess that would depend on what you call small town. I don't consider May Town to be small, but I see what you are getting at.

By: MamaG on 5/21/09 at 11:59

Darge-this is for you, re your posts yesterday:
When you post something idiotic about hillbillies killing at WalMart and/or Percy Priest, don't assume you are talking about the same thing as what we were posting about. Blanket is afraid for her life. She was talking about defending herself in her own home (or wherever she may be, including WalMart). What is wrong with that? The dude is already in jail, so poor him, blah, blah, blah...you should read the previous posts before you make smart-aleck remarks.

As for the Detroit folks you mentioned, seriously, Madonna? Couldn't you have at least picked Gilda Radner as a good example? What has Bob Seger done lately? What has Tom Selleck done lately? I like those folks and there are a lot of others who came from Detroit and Michigan. Like you, they no longer live there. Unlike you, they don't trash-talk Nashville. I just don't like you constantly downing Nashville and its' citizens and guess what, YES, I have been to East Nashville lately. I live, work, eat and sleep there. Last time I was in Detroit was over 20 years ago and it was still a much scarier place to be than here.

Now, having said all that, let me also say this: I never once mentioned yesterday anything about anyone killing anyone else, so I don't why you directed your post about that toward me. You know, most of the time, I even agree with your political views, believe it or not. So I'm asking you to back off your hillbilly rants and I will back off you. What do you say, truce???

By: BenDover on 5/21/09 at 12:36

dargent's a tool.