A column by Eleanor Scott about Knoxville’s untidy corners.
Devil's Advocate: A Defense of Poison Ivy
Published 9/25/2013 at 10:06 a.m. 1 comment
Until a few weeks ago, my hatred for poison ivy was so fierce it was the only plant I was spraying with herbicide.
The Parkridge Butterfly Meadow: Creating a Tiny Urban Wilderness
Published 9/11/2013 at 10:28 a.m. 0 comments
Every time I drove through the neighborhood, I went a little out of my way to cruise past the especially beautiful old house with the generous front porch, tile roof, and lush garden full of flowering trees and shrubs.
Flying Hams: A New, Free Mail Delivery Service—By Bike
Published 8/28/2013 at 1:04 p.m. 0 comments
The service is based on trust. Young promises “under oath of mutual aid and respect” to never open letters and packages.
Marking the Crossroads: Can Painting Intersections Build Community and Calm Traffic?
Published 8/7/2013 at 10:32 a.m. 0 comments
Painting intersections as a community-building project has been on my radar since last year’s Paint the Pavement project at Inskip Elementary, when I volunteered on the day community members painted the mural on the street in front of the school.
Nurturing Connections: The 6th Avenue Mural Project Lights up a Dark Corridor
Published 7/24/2013 at 10:25 a.m. 0 comments
The tunnel was suicidally depressing—always lonesome, dark, and full of trash. Sometimes homeless people slept on the ledges under the bridge.
Doris: How Does it End for a Backyard Hen?
Published 7/10/2013 at 10:20 a.m. 0 comments
In my lap I held Doris, a black and white speckled chicken in a laundry basket. We were taking her to the ridge to kill her.
Switching Gears: The Kick Stand Bike Collective Is in Transition, Again
Published 6/26/2013 at 10:22 a.m. 0 comments
For the past year, Kick Stand Bike Collective, formerly the Knoxville Bike Collective, has been in near-constant upheaval.
Us Folks: Beautiful Places Make Better People
Published 6/12/2013 at 10:39 a.m. 0 comments
The most awe-inspiring buildings I’ve been in were churches.
South Knox Stories: Updates on a Few Landmarks South of the River
Published 5/29/2013 at 10:23 a.m. 0 comments
Following up on Noonie's bus stop, the South Knox rope swing, and swimming at Fort Dickerson Quarry Lake.
The Arts and Gardens District: Parkridge Still Has Plenty of Room for Dreamers
Published 5/8/2013 at 10:58 a.m. 0 comments
I’ve been interested for a while about pinning down exactly what gentrification means, and my last column—a definition and general overview of gentrification—was the result.
Does Gentrification Deserve Our Support, or Warrant an Intervention?
Published 4/24/2013 at 11:42 a.m. 0 comments
Gentrification. In the past month, I’ve seen the concept defended on a local Internet forum, heard it derided in front-porch gabfests, and seen it awkwardly danced around in community meetings.
Shooting the Moon: Aiming High and Risking it All in Parkridge
Published 4/10/2013 at 10:26 a.m. 0 comments
The cops say it is not our imagination. The past few months have seen a marked increase in armed home invasions, drive-by shootings, and murders, mostly in East Knoxville. In the violence, one pattern has emerged.
The Weeds of Civilization: Daffodils as Reminders of What Once Was
Published 3/13/2013 at 10:36 a.m. 0 comments
Why is there a square of daffodils peeking through the crispy brown kudzu off Alcoa Highway?
A Game of Drones: Adventures in Backyard Beekeeping
Published 2/27/2013 at 12:21 p.m. 0 comments
Spring is coming. In March a new queen will be born. Even now, she’s curled in her queen cup, small and larval-white, floating in a bath of royal jelly. Soon, the workers will cap her cell with wax. When she’s ...
New Roots: We Live in a City That Cares About Trees
Published 2/13/2013 at 10:38 a.m. 0 comments
“I’m an advocate for trees,” says Kasey Krouse, “that is, the right tree in the right place.”
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