Friday, March 28, 2008

Skywatch Friday - Cranes, Cranes, Cranes


There is a lot of building going on all over Nashville. Developers are putting up high-rise condominium towers all over the downtown area, or they're renovating old buildings and turning those into condominiums. Cranes dot the downtown skyline.

Here's an interesting fact: It takes a crane operator so long - almost 60 minutes - to get to his post (the white box just below the horizontal arm) that he stays there the entire day, even during break time. You can see in the smaller photo that the cranes tower over buildings that have 13 or more stories.

I took these photos last evening as we were on our way to a downtown event. For most of the day, the sky had been cloudy and grey, but around 5:00, the sun came out, and the then-cloudless sky turned blue.


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18 comments:

Fénix - Bostonscapes said...

Then those things must be equipped with a toilet.

Denton said...

Unfortunately, our construction activity has slowed. From what I have heard the slowdown is mainly due to the credit crunch. A recent news article explained that one site, the Peacock Hotel, had funding for the fist phase (which included a crane) only to have funding for phase 2 delayed. I have to think it cost a lot of money for a crane to sit ideal.

Halcyon said...

I think they use bottles as toilets. :s

When I lived outside of Paris, there was a lot of residential construction in my area. The apartment I lived in was brand new and there were several buildings under construction just across the street. I wonder if I would recognize the place even just a year later.

I hope at least all the new buildings and such are attractive. I hate it when they put up ugly stuff.

George Townboy said...

That's tough! I thought they made good money for putting up with such a sh**ty job, but the top salary is only around 48K.

Nice photos!

quintarantino said...

Olá Chris, beleza de foto ... mas agora quem faz o SKY WATCH é o Tom em OLD WOM TIGLEY

Old Wom Tigley said...

Hi Chris.. I'm afraid you need to put your name down each week..

Thanks for these two.. I was out this afternoon and came across a crane with a protest sign on... Like a fool I had forgot to pick up my camera.. I'm so you you didn't..

All the best
Tom

Anemone said...

I think Nashville is a town that is growing... a lot.

Nice weekend to you from the middle of Norway.

John said...

Good pictures for swf.

Carletta said...

Great shot.
I love the clouds and sky beyond the slave cemetary and the shadows in your previous post!

LUIZ SANTILLI JR. said...

Já que o Quintarantino, fica mais fácil!

Olá Cris, prazer, sou do Brasil mas sou amigo do Quintino!

Ceu e máquinas, é próprio dessa nação!
Linda foto!

Luiz

fishing guy said...

Chris: Nashville is very special to me because of my love of country music. I love the crane shots.

Alexander said...

Nice clear skies.
Nashville is expanding. :)

Have a wonderful weekend.

Alexander
Alex's World! - http://www.kakinan.com/alex

GMG said...

TGIF!!! Finally, some moments without having to think on things to do tomorrow and with time to come and enjoy your posts!
Nashville was not hurt by subprime? Great!
Thanks for your comments at Blogtrotter where I'm now strolling around Bilbao!
Have a great weekend!
Gil

Andrea said...

Beautiful clear skies. And the cranes add such beauty to that sky.

Rambling Round said...

We don't see too many cranes around here, if any, but there was one on the interstate in Montgomery today. I didn't relish driving under it.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Great SKF post

Misty Dawn said...

Great photos! We took my step-daughter to Nashville for her graduation gift. She had a blast, and can't wait to go back.

Ming the Merciless said...

I'm afraid to ask if he gets pee break or not. :-)

A huge crane crash down Upper East Side last week killing three works and two residents in the area. It's a dangerous job and structure.