MTA keeps its promise to fix bus station bathroom

Two months ago, Music City Riders United (MCRU) posted a photo of the men’s bathroom at Music City Central, the downtown bus station.  The photo equated the vandalized restroom to the bathrooms at the old state prison, showing the missing stalls in both bathrooms.  The transit riders’ advocacy group’s photo caught the attention of MTA board members and a few local media outlets, and the MTA promised swift action.

Within a few weeks, Lamont Walters noticed that the MTA was putting up some temporary stalls in the men’s restroom:

Today, I went by and saw that the transit agency had completed its work, installing permanent stalls, hand soap dispensers, and new hot air hand dryers:

Men's bathroom at Music City Central

MCRU also reports that the MTA has promised cleaner bathrooms for both women and men.

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The old state prison, from the air, from the inside

The Tennessee Department of Corrections (TDOC) put out a new video showing some infrequently-seen angles of the Tennessee State Prison.  Located just north of The Nations, this prison operated from 1898 (it was overcrowded from the very day that it opened) to 1992, when a settlement in federal court prohibited TDOC from ever using the facility as a prison again.  It was replaced by the nearby Riverbend Maximum Security Institution.

The video was made “due to the abundance of interest in this property,” TDOC wrote in the video’s description.  “This film was done … in partnership with Those Drones, LLC to share the beautiful architecture with the citizens of Tennessee.”  The video, which is about 17 minutes long, doesn’t get to the inside until about the 7-minute mark.

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Despite recent accolades, Porter Road Butcher is contracting

Porter Road Butcher, Nashville’s only whole-animal butcher, is closing its Charlotte Ave location. They’ll still keep their original shop on Gallatin Ave, which they plan to expand starting in January. They’ll also hold on to their slaughtering facility in Kentucky.

The business wrote in a Facebook post,

As some of you may have read already, we are closing our West Side shop at the end of the month. We want to thank all of the amazing customers who have been patrons of the shop over the last three years. We can’t wait to continuing serving you at our East Side location!

In addition to lots of exciting new plans, we’ll be keeping all of the products and services that our customers have grown to love. Edges Nashville will continue to sharpen knives over on the East Side on the first and second Saturday of every month from 10am-3pm!

This news comes despite its recent award of the Writer’s Choice Best Butcher from Nashville Scene. The issue doesn’t seem to be insufficient patronage at the Charlotte Ave location, though.

“Honestly, we’re overwhelmed. We were stretched too thin,” co-founder Chris Carter told The Tennessean.  He also said that he’s had trouble finding top-tier talent to help manage the business, an issue which helped cement their decision to focus on just one retail location.

The butcher has other plans for expansion, though.  It will be doubling the size of its Gallatin Ave store while adding more options in the charcuterie case.

The kitchen at the Charlotte Ave location, which prepared ready-to-eat meals, has already been closed for a few months.  There’s no word yet on when they’ll close the entire store.

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You Otter See This

This river otter found a good spot to munch on breakfast today:

The Friends of Radnor Lake, who shared the photo, is an advocacy group supporting Radnor Lake, a state natural area covering 1,332 acres of southern Nashville.

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Tomorrow is Walk to Work Day

Walk Bike Nashville is encouraging Nashvillians to walk to work on Friday.  They’ll even be handing out free breakfasts on the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge downtown from 7 to 9 in the morning.



This event is just one of several that the organization is sponsoring for Walk Month.  Walk Month will culminate with Open Streets Nashville on October 30, which will close down a few miles of 12 Ave S to cars, allowing pedestrians, bicyclists, scooterers, unicyclists, and cartwheelers to take over the street for a few hours that Sunday.

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Mechanical keyboard enthusiasts gather to tap to their hearts’ content

If you get keyed up over the thought of computer keyboards, last night would’ve been a good one for you.  Folks from across the Southeast came to the Bistro at Emma to feel the perfect springiness of each others’ mechanical keyboards.  They were there to enjoy the tactile, visual, and audio feedback from the keyboards displayed by their fellow enthusiasts.

Nathan Hubbard, a local Nashvillian, took some photos of the event:

He says he’s partial to his 30-year-old keyboard, though, which he bought for just a dollar in the nineties.

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