I would like to complain, once more, that weeding the garden with the dog is virtually impossible, unless one loves watching all your awesome plants get trampled. In which case, I have the garden helper for you.
I did, however, find two watermelon plants I previously was unaware of. So, that was nice.
This morning we took the dog to the vet to get her stitches out, as the vet instructed. Turns out she wasn’t supposed to come back for two weeks. I was angry, but at least they didn’t charge us. They did repack her ear and she was pissed, so she tried to take on all five people in the room, so the Butcher had to go in and muzzle her for them.
And then she and I went on a May Town Center exploration. We discovered a few interesting things. One is that there are no pr-May Town Center signs, but tons of anti-. Two is that it’s unclear where the new bridge could go. If it goes at the end of Tidwell Hollow Road, you should be aware that what you see on Google maps is not the truth of the matter. The road becomes private far before it gets close to the river. If these properties have not already been acquired, I have to imagine that the emminent domain issues that would come from the city forcing land owners to sell for a privately funded bridge are going to be enormous, and based on the size of the houses and the yards, these folks have the money to fight that fight.
Also, Tidwell Hollow is even more of a country road than Old Hickory. It’s unlined and very rural. It will have to be substantially widened to accomodate a six lane bridge. And there are people who live along it.
If it’s not Tidwell Hollow, then it will have to be a road that does not exist yet.
Which brings us to the other side of the river.
It is a lie that the bridge will be at the end of Centennial Boulevard for two reasons. One, because Centennial Boulevard does not end at the west side of Cockrill Bend. It ends at the north side. A bridge from the end of Centennial Boulevard does not cross the river unless it is a bridge the length of which we’ve never seen. Second, because Centennial Boulevard ends at a prison.
(Also, I should hope it would go without saying that, though Centennial Boulevard is indeed five lanes, it’s not five lanes clear to the prison. Neither is Cockrill Bend Boulevard, which we shall discuss in a second. And both roads are not in great shape.)
So, one must presume that the bridge will be off of Cockrill Bend Boulevard. And again the question of location is key. You can’t go from Cockrill Bend Boulevard to Tidwell Hollow Road without reckoning with Riverbend State Prison. But hey! Maybe the future is full of people who want to bike past a maximum security prison. What do I know?
From the maps at WPLN, it looks as if the bridge is going to go straight west before Cockrill Bend Boulevard turns north. That makes the most sense, but then, I have to tell you that these pictures of a massive bridge that ends up in farm land don’t show you the Cockrill Bend side of the river for a reason. Because it is butt-ugly and industrial. And again one wonders about emminent domaining land for a privately built bridge.
And I saw the most beautiful prickly pear out on the side of the road in Bellevue. I was just telling someone about how some kinds of prickly pears can grow outside here and there was one!