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Fake Snow, Real Cheer

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Fake Snow, Real Cheer

As a downtown resident, it’s a truly wonderful Christmas present, and I’d like to express my appreciation to the business owners of the Market Square Association, the city, and everyone else involved in all the hard work over many months of making it happen. There was one small thing I’d like to see changed next year. Instead of using shredded plastic for artificial snow, how about an easily biodegradable substitute like corn starch? I expect the half-life of plastic is not much different than the cigarette butt filters littering our streets, and I’m hard put to tell the difference once it’s on the ground. The 30-seconds of “gee whiz” effect isn’t worth it. But this was only a minor annoyance in an overwhelmingly successful event. Congratulations, Knoxville!

Robert Loest


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Ridge-top development is a tender issue that requires extensive studies on impact to surrounding watersheds, flooding problems, water table depletion, and many other factors important to the development of a healthy city’s downtown area. Dovetail Companies apparently has been cited for, and dealt with such issues of runoff in the past by installing irrigation systems.

Although representatives of the company claim there are no plans for the scenic cliffs across the river from the University stretch of the Third Creek Greenway, nothing is holding Dovetail to their undisclosed development plans. With its beautiful view of downtown as well as its visibility from adjacent waterfront property, areas of its nature are becoming scarce in most cities, and Knoxville could afford to preserve its quickly fading bioregional charm.

Dovetail Companies does not have a record of conscientious development, and the extensive regrading of areas along Cherokee Trail does not reflect a modern understanding of low-impact development and civic responsibility. I encourage the MPC to stick to their original zoning recommendations that have already been exceeded by City Council. It is unfortunate that under current laws, the City of Knoxville has been able to claim that it is not empowered to deal with such issues of private land development, but I believe it should be on the conscience of anyone interested in the responsible development of our city.

Obviously, that property is due for some sort of development.  Ideally, it would be at least partially public, but if it is to be private, the developers responsible should be held to a standard that reflects citizens’ desires for a conscientious and smart development complete with amenities of use to the public.

Joan Monaco


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