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View Poll Results: More classically urban, walkable downtown?
Nashville 54 46.96%
Kansas City 61 53.04%
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Old 07-12-2017, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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I never said more amenities. I said better amenities. Nashville has better hotels, music venues, and is adding more retail, restaurants, and grocery stores downtown. I love both cities, but Kansas City appeared to be more laid back, not as snooty as Nashville (that is a good thing). It would be interesting to see the amount of tourist dollars spent in each city, number of hotel rooms, and attractions etc. Something like Country Club Plaza district is sorely needed in or near downtown Nashville.
Okay. I was thinking metro area amenities. The entire package, not just downtowns.

To keep this thread on track . Yea, I would agree that Downtown Nashville has better hotels now. Although it sort of depends on what you call downtown KC. Most would consider Crown Center part of Downtown KC and if that's the case, Nashville is not too far ahead but still ahead.

However, It looks like Downtown KC is about to add several high profile hotels downtown, so the downtowns will probably be pretty comparable in a few year unless Nashville keeps building large hotels.

Downtown KC has one of the nicest full service urban grocers anywhere. You can't ignore how much the streetcar makes downtown KC more livable too. The performing arts center, sprint center, midland theater, municipal auditorium, city market. A very nice convention center. I mean Downtown KC is not a touristy part of the city, but you would be surprised how many amenities it does have.
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Old 07-12-2017, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Downtown KC has one of the nicest full service urban grocers anywhere. You can't ignore how much the streetcar makes downtown KC more livable too. The performing arts center, sprint center, midland theater, municipal auditorium, city market. A very nice convention center. I mean Downtown KC is not a touristy part of the city, but you would be surprised how many amenities it does have.
Isn't it Cosentinos? I think?

The street car is nice. Many cities are adding hotel rooms over the next 24 months. The convention business is getting very competitive with many newcomers being able to compete for the larger conventions. Nashville and KC included.
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Old 07-12-2017, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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Isn't it Cosentinos? I think?

The street car is nice. Many cities are adding hotel rooms over the next 24 months. The convention business is getting very competitive with many newcomers being able to compete for the larger conventions. Nashville and KC included.
yep, Cosentinos.

While downtown KC is adding a Lowes Convention hotel and several others, KC will still have one of the smallest amounts of downtown hotel rooms compared to almost any mid to large sized city. I think one problem is KC has a lot of hotel rooms in the Plaza area which are not walkable to downtown. So KC might have the most opportunity to build more hotels over the next several years simply because downtown is so under built compared to its peers. But with so few corporations based in downtown KC, I don't see KC closing the gap much. The vast majority of metro KC's 35,000 hotel rooms are in the burbs.
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Old 07-12-2017, 09:16 PM
 
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Nashville is a superior city IMO for urban neighborhoods and amenities, but KC's core is definitely more urban and walkable.
I'm somewhat confused by your statement, but that's OK.
I'm sure I'm misunderstanding something.

KC has the River Market, Power & Light District, Garment District, Union Hill, Crossroads Art District, Union Station, Liberty Memorial and Crown Center all immediately downtown and connected by the new streetcar.

I know about "The District," the new amphitheater on the river and the Capital building in downtown Nashville.
Are there any other significant attractions, neighborhoods or districts immediately inside of downtown Nashville?

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Old 07-12-2017, 10:53 PM
 
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Nashville is trendier, faster paced, and has better amenities, but to say it has superior urban neighborhoods is false. Kansas City's urban neighborhoods are seamless and offer better amenities as of this point. I love how well defined each neighborhood is, the sidewalks, and how clean they are kept. Some of Nashville's urban neighborhoods are filthy, lack retail, restaurants, sidewalks, and are not pedestrian friendly. It also doesn't help that they are sliced up by interstates and highways. Kansas City is more urban.
I concede. I should have said better amenities and more of a tourist destination and left it at that.
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Old 07-12-2017, 11:05 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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I concede. I should have said better amenities and more of a tourist destination and left it at that.
That we can both agree with.
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Old 07-19-2017, 09:48 PM
 
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I concede. I should have said better amenities and more of a tourist destination and left it at that.
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That we can both agree with.
Nashville having more tourists makes sense. But why you would think it has better amenities? Nashville's downtown population is around 10,000 while Kansas City's downtown population is approaching 30,000.

Nashville has more and maybe better hotel rooms? OK, but what does that do for someone living there?
Off the top of my head I can think of a few KC amenities that Nashville doesn't have;

Free Streetcar
City Market - one of the oldest and largest farmer's markets
Cosentino's - full service upscale grocer/market
Crossroads Art District - 70+ art galleries
Sea Life Aquarium
Crown Center

I'm curious, what amenities does immediate downtown Nashville have that downtown KC doesn't?
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Old 07-19-2017, 10:48 PM
 
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Nashville having more tourists makes sense. But why you would think it has better amenities? Nashville's downtown population is around 10,000 while Kansas City's downtown population is approaching 30,000.

Nashville has more and maybe better hotel rooms? OK, but what does that do for someone living there?
Off the top of my head I can think of a few KC amenities that Nashville doesn't have;

Free Streetcar
City Market - one of the oldest and largest farmer's markets
Cosentino's - full service upscale grocer/market
Crossroads Art District - 70+ art galleries
Sea Life Aquarium
Crown Center

I'm curious, what amenities does immediate downtown Nashville have that downtown KC doesn't?
I've noticed many people would look at 5 blocks of Broadway in DT Nashville and would think that is exciting. Not looking into how cities function in terms of livability of its neighborhoods. Nashville doesn't yet offer the urban lifestyle options of KC. (Check back in 5 yrs)
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Old 07-20-2017, 01:23 AM
 
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Some of downtown KC's neighborhoods

Crossroads Art District (brick warehouses in the foreground)
http://kccrossroads.org/wp-content/u...bb-900x425.jpg

Quality Hill
http://www.skylinescenes.com/image?f...h=800&height=0

River Market
http://c7.alamy.com/comp/CTMKY4/hist...ver-CTMKY4.jpg

Garment District
https://flic.kr/p/8NUGZW

Union Hill
http://www.skylinescenes.com/image?f...h=800&height=0
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Old 07-20-2017, 04:11 AM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Nashville having more tourists makes sense. But why you would think it has better amenities? Nashville's downtown population is around 10,000 while Kansas City's downtown population is approaching 30,000.
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Nashville has more and maybe better hotel rooms? OK, but what does that do for someone living there?
Off the top of my head I can think of a few KC amenities that Nashville doesn't have;

Free Streetcar
Commuter Rail to Lebanon with several stops in between since 2006.

Middle Tennessee RTA Home Page - quick links, featured news, news releases, contact information

A multimodal light rail and mass transit system in the planning stages.

The Plan

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City Market - one of the oldest and largest farmer's markets
Nashville downtown farmer's market

Nashville Farmers' Market

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Cosentino's - full service upscale grocer/market
Whole Foods coming soon

Whole Foods headed to new downtown Nashville tower

Caviar and Bananas now open in midtown

Caviar & Bananas

Kroger now open in midtown

Publix in the planning stages 3 miles south of downtown

Publix grocery store planned for Nashville's Melrose area

The Turnip Truck

The Turnip Truck Stores

Sprouts coming soon to East Nashville

Sprouts Farmers Market targets East Nashville for next location

Crossroads Art District - 70+ art galleries

https://www.musicianshalloffame.com/

https://www.thrillist.com/drink/nash...way-bars-rated

Sea Life Aquarium
Crown Center


Fifth and Broadway

https://www.fifthandb.com/

Nashville Yards

https://www.cpexecutive.com/post/aeg...s-development/

River North

River North Nashville

One City Nashville

ONEC1TY | Home

I'm curious, what amenities does immediate downtown Nashville have that downtown KC doesn't?

A larger tourism and convention center

Front | nashvillemusiccitycenter.com

W Hotel in the planning stages

W hotel eyed for Gulch site in Nashville

Omni Hotel

https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/nashville

JW Marriott under construction

JW Marriott Nashville: Nashville Luxury Hotels

National Museum of African American Music under construction

https://nmaam.org/

https://www.bizjournals.com/nashvill...e/crane-watch/[/quote]
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