Should Knoxville take advantage of the closing of the Henley Bridge to redesign Henley Street? That’s what some local residents think, and they’ll make their case to City Council at a workshop meeting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, in the Small Assembly Room of the City County Building.
Among the speakers will be George Scott of Fountain City, who generated some social-media buzz earlier this year with a YouTube video laying out the case for turning Henley from an imposing, traffic-clogged highway to a scenic, pedestrian-friendly boulevard. (Metro Pulse’s own Jack Neely has advocated along the same lines.) Henley has long been seen as a barrier between downtown and the World’s Fair Park and the University of Tennessee campus. The thinking is that a more attractive, less perilous thoroughfare would create a unified urban landscape. So far no public officials have taken up the cause to any great degree, but you never know what a strong turnout at a meeting might do.