Lake Palmer could soon be Tower Palmer

As I rode by Lake Palmer this morning, I wondered if they would ever do anything with that hole in the ground that occupies a whole city block.  Turns out, that project just got a kick in the pants, as the Tennessean is reporting that the developer, Alex Palmer, is seeking financing again.  Apparently he now has new development partners and he plans to put 350 apartments (or condos) and 250 hotel rooms on the site, in addition to offices at the West End Summit.

Earlier: Lake Palmer to be Drained Again

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Vanderbilt and its hospital split

Tomorrow, Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) will officially be separate organizations — legally speaking, that is.  The two will still continue to work closely together.  But the medical center needed to take on debt to grow and remain competitive, while the university itself had no such interest in having that much debt on its books.  In an email to VUMC employees, Dean of the School of Medicine Jeff Balser wrote,

After nearly 18 months we have completed the actions that are necessary and tomorrow will be a historic milestone, the Medical Center’s first day as a separate legal and financial entity. We are emerging well positioned for the future…

With the completion of the reorganization, some may wonder what’s ahead. While these structural changes will greatly facilitate our efforts to provide unique and transformative health services to more people across the Southeastern region than ever before, the quality of those services will only be as exceptional as those we provide right here at home.  So my answer – and advice for all – is that we focus like never before on the fundamentals. By doing so, we will nurture what is most important – being the place patients come to for hope, and the brightest minds come to train and discover in ways that transform the future of medicine.

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Bike valet at Centennial

Freddie O’Connell admired the bike valet offered at the Nashville Earth Day Festival yesterday. Walk Bike Nashville, which ran the free service, reported that over 100 cyclists took advantage of the bike valets.

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Donut Sandwich at Earth Day Festival

Update: I assumed the Earth Day Festival was on Earth Day. In fact, it was Saturday.

Yes, today is Earth Day.  Be good to Mother Nature and all.  But the real star of today’s Earth Day Festival at Centennial Park is Julia’s Bakery‘s donut sandwich:

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Legislature really hates relieving traffic congestion

Nashville’s Amp bus project died at the ballot box in 2014.  It was also brutally beaten by the state legislature just to make sure it would never be resurrected again: they banned transit projects that use a dedicated center lane.  But even after doing all that to make sure Nashville’s traffic would just get worse and worse, they are still feeling a little vengeful.

In “Amp haunting Nashville from the grave,” Andrea Zelinski of the Nashville Post writes about the legislature’s current efforts to strip funding from the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, one of the governmental organizations that approved the Amp on its way to a referendum.  That wouldn’t sit too well with the feds, though, who would likely yank some of the transit funding currently given to Tennessee.

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Nashvillians say nice things about trees

Today at Centennial Park, important people are celebrating the existence of trees for Arbor Day.

Such as Mayor Barry:

And this kid:

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Vanderbilt Marriott to write a really big check

The jury in the lawsuit brought against the Vanderbilt Marriott by sports journalist Erin Andrews has come to a conclusion: the hotel must pay her $27.5 million, while her stalker must pay an equal amount. If they pay using a travel rewards credit card, at least they could get a few free nights in their own hotel out of it.

According to quotes obtained by WSMV, the jury was heavily swayed by emotional testimony:

“I truly believe she was telling the trust,” [juror Terry] Applegate said…

“Just the emotion that he gave, the feeling,” [juror Noble] Taylor said. “The story that he told about his daughter just made her a normal person. How she is now versus how she was then.”

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