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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