Stimulating the Local Economy

Let’s just brainstorm.

1.  What if Hall charge a speaking fee to the white supremacist groups he meets with?  And that fee could go back to the city, since he wouldn’t be in high demand for speaking engagements if he didn’t have the job he did.

2.  Legalize pot and tax the hell out of it.  Give tobacco farmers something to do!  Cigarette smoking may be down, but pot smoking does not seem to be.  If people are spending their money on it, and if we are a sales tax-based state, why are we sitting on our hands and missing out on that revenue.

3.  Revive the lap dance.  Certainly there was a tax paid on that, right?  Well, bring it back.  Sorry, morality police, but we’re in dire straits here and you’re just going to have to suck it up.

4.  Open the old prison for tours.  It’s an attractive building.  It’s got a lot of interesting history.  And we’ll start a rumor that it’s haunted and you can give ghost tours.  It’s still owned by the state, I understand, so that’s money all to them, and it gives retired prison guards something to do (or shoot, maybe some retired prisoners who are good storytellers?) as tour guides.

5.  I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again.  Free parking for locals in pay lots.

6.  Charge state legislators a dollar a bill they put forth.  That’d be $400 just this year alone!

7.  State-run passenger rail between Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, and Chattanooga.

8.  More distilleries in the state.  Not to compete with Jack and George, but to compliment them and get some whiskey tourism.

9.  A local public works project to put sidewalks everywhere.

8 thoughts on “Stimulating the Local Economy

  1. And another public works project to make the riverfront more accessible, useful for concerts and theater. And ferries.

  2. Ooh, I don’t even LIVE there yet and I heart all those ideas.

    #4 works really well in Philly.

    And I would love some #7 and #9.

  3. And another public works project to make the riverfront more accessible, useful for concerts and theater.

    They’ve just started such a project with the riverfront in my city. I’m looking forward to it when it’s completed.

  4. The Cumberland right around Nashville is soooo charming — my second charming urban riverfront ever, after the Arlanzon in Burgos. And it’s completely neglected today. All these cool old buildings downtown on First Street, which front on the top of the steep riverbank, now use what used to be the back doors on Second St. as their front doors. There are no ferries (there are barges that use the river), no one dredges the banks or plants a bunch of willows or cottonwoods there, no one cleans out some space for what would be a fantastic natural amphitheater, there are few walkways, no attempt to get people to stop and take the view, nothing. If I were a lady who lunches, I would make the Cumberland my project, starting at Opry Mills, around East Nashville, around downtown and into North Nashville, then west.

  5. Actually, nm, Nashville’s already working on the Cumberland in the form of greenways. I walk on the Shelby Bottoms one all the time, and it goes right next to Opry Mills (across the river, of course). Then, continue on it a ways and it crosses an awesome pedestrian bridge and heads over to Two Rivers Park. They’re not finished with the downtown greenway yet, but they’re working on it. Plus, there are plans for a total of three pedestrian/bicyclist ferries – one of which would connect the Shelby Bottoms trail to Opry Mills!

  6. I dunno, I’ve seen some of those plans and they mostly include just walking and biking paths. Those are great, don’t get me wrong. But in Nashville, walking and biking are things that are recreational. Few people walk or bike to work (and even fewer could get to work via Shelby Park). I don’t see where there’s any effort to tie the river into the city in ways that will make people integrate it into their consciousness. Maybe there are further plans; I would certainly love that. But for most people here, the Cumberland is a barrier rather than a route or even a destination. And I’d love that to change.

  7. I’m honestly surprised that no one has transformed all the area north of Mt. Olivet from industrial to residential. You’d have a beautiful view of the river. A bus could get you to the corner of Broad and 1st in ten minutes and you’d look across the river into the Park. And good sidewalks and bike paths would let you walk or ride your bike to work.

    That seems like such prime real estate I can’t believe it’s still all industrial.

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