Letter: South Knoxville Doesn't Need No Stinkin' Pedestrian Bridge

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602 S. Gay Street
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Knoxville, TN 37902

In your June 14 “What Knoxville Needs” [Knox Triage], Tiffany Higgins implies that a pedestrian bridge is necessary to “allow people to shop, live, and play on both sides of the river.” What? There are already places to play. There are developed parks on Estelle Circle and Scottish Pike. Ijams has a wonderful boardwalk and the River Bluff area has a trail along the river that connects to Scottish Pike. The city is moving ahead with an impressive park on Langford Avenue. That might be the music venue Ms. Higgins seeks.

We could do better for shopping but it does exist. There’s the Disc Exchange and Wee Care on Chapman; across the highway Myrtle’s Mess sells antiques, Rush’s Music sells sheet music and instruments. Sevier Avenue has Everything Mushrooms and Borderland Pottery and Printing. Stanley’s Greenhouse is nearby. We’ve got fast food and Shoney’s but not many know that Huesteca has a great authentic taqueria. Not too many bar offerings but we do have Kat’s on the River and the new Kandy Lounge.

What’s with the comment that we need a new bridge for people to live on both sides of the river? Excuse me—there are hundreds of residents here already. Have been for centuries. Are we not “people” in the view of Ms. Higgins?

Martha Olson

Knoxville

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Comments » 4

MO writes:

The letter is not about the bridge so much as it is about how South Knoxville is dismissed and overlooked. Your headline proves my point. I get the impression that the bad grammar you chose is an attempt at an Appalachian dialect with the intent to belittle any neighbors who don't speak standard english. Is this correct?

The reason I wrote the letter was to promote the businesses and amenities we already have in South Knoxville. I have to wonder - if you recieved a letter about businesses run by African Americans would you add a snarky headline in an attempt at an African American dialect?

cturczyn (staff) writes:

The headline was a paraphrase from a famous line in "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre."

I believe the intent of the person who submitted the "What Knoxville Needs" suggestion was to promote the idea of allowing "people to shop, live, and play on both sides of the river” ON the riverfront directly across from downtown and the Volunteer Landing area. She was not suggesting that shopping, living, or playing doesn't exist anywhere in South Knoxville, but rather that it could be expanded to the riverfront near downtown. Which is a major goal of the city's South Waterfront Vision Plan.

--Coury, ed.

MO writes:

Thanks for the explanation. Not having watched the movie I didn't get the reference.

Personally I have mixed feelings about the need for a bridge, given the cost. My biggest concern is connecting it to the nether regions of the UT campus and think it might get more year round use if it were closer to downtown.

and_you_think2 writes:

in response to MO:

Thanks for the explanation. Not having watched the movie I didn't get the reference.

Personally I have mixed feelings about the need for a bridge, given the cost. My biggest concern is connecting it to the nether regions of the UT campus and think it might get more year round use if it were closer to downtown.

This could have been incorporated with the Henley Bridge. And shops were brought up as an addition on Henley Street. Lakeshore is now the area for music, museum, shops and the historic buildings at Lakeshore could be renovated for this and not demolished. Some had new roofs put on. There would also be ample room for the parking as this person is indicating for a museum. Suttree Park will not be that large an area, but there is parking for the park in the plan. And in the future there is to be a nature wetland park too. People have tried over several years to open a cafe/bakery on Sevier in one of the buildings. This has not been able to happen yet at least as of this week. It is nice for people to comment on their way out.

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