Broadway Viaduct Construction Project Displaces Local Businesses
Published 10/10/2012 at 1:48 p.m. 3 comments
Beginning in 2013, the Broadway Viaduct, which spans the Norfolk-Southern railroad tracks between Jackson Avenue and Depot Avenue, will be completely demolished along with the odd little buildings perched on it, and replaced with a new structure.
Community Gardening: What is the Definition of Success?
Published 9/12/2012 at 10:31 a.m. 0 comments
After talking to community gardeners and visiting community gardens all summer, I noticed a few assets and conditions that proved essential to a garden, and, in some cases, spelled its success or failure for the season.
Roof Cresting: Architectural Ornaments Connecting Earth and Sky
Published 8/29/2012 at 10:20 a.m. 1 comment
The roof was so seriously dilapidated that there wasn’t much of it left, except for a long decorative piece of metal that ran from gable to gable, capping a swaybacked roofline.
Meadow Gone Wild: Habitat Restoration Creates a Wildlife Oasis at Botanical Garden
Published 8/15/2012 at 10:14 a.m. 2 comments
With a razor-thin budget and just two employees, Brian Campbell, director of horticulture, was struggling to mow and maintain the 50 acres that comprise the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum.
An Urban Meadow: Wildflowers and Graffiti Under the Interstate
Published 8/1/2012 at 9:52 a.m. 0 comments
The meadow of the old Standard Knitting Mill, created in the 1990s when the oldest and most beautiful part of the mill was torn down—to make way for a school, never built—stands at a crossroads.
Playground Fossils: Texture, Imagination, and Safety in Surfacing Materials
Published 7/18/2012 at 12:07 p.m. 1 comment
Have you ever found, while sifting through the pea gravel on the playground, a perfectly cylindrical pebble with ridges like a screw, and a hole through the center? If you have, it was probably a fossilized crinoid stem, part of ...
Building with Southern Yellow Pine
Published 7/3/2012 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments
Michael Pollan describes yellow pine as a “harder, less desirable Southern species.” He continues, “Knotty and prone to twisting, yellow pine is difficult to work and notoriously hard on tools. Is Pollan just talking about wood here, or is he ...
A Few Stately Flowers
Published 6/20/2012 at 5:57 p.m. 0 comments
In 1919, the Tennessee Senate adopted Joint Resolution 13 allowing Tennessee schoolchildren, true experts in the field, to select the state flower. The children chose, apparently by write-in vote, a flower native to Tennessee: passiflora incarnata, the passionflower.
An Anonymous Cyclist Blazes a Bike-Stencil Trail
Published 5/30/2012 at 1:54 p.m. 1 comment
Earlier this spring a small stenciled image of a bike appeared on the pavement at the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Luttrell Street. An arrow painted beside the bike pointed to the right. What’s this? I thought.
An Appreciation of Clotheslines
Published 5/16/2012 at 12:41 p.m. 2 comments
Maybe more compelling than the satisfaction of “saving” the environment, I like the way a clothesline looks strung across a yard. Clotheslines are alive and dynamic in a way dryers are not. I like the way it makes me feel ...
The Secret Garden: Beauty in a Hidden Vegetable Patch
Published 5/2/2012 at 4:07 p.m. 1 comment
I saw the tomatoes first, bright red fruit popping out against the tangle of vegetation. Then, everything emerged into focus: the beds of okra and bush beans terraced into the steep hillside, squash and climbing beans with delicate white blossoms ...
Po'ridge: An Isolated Neighborhood Evolves and Abides
Published 4/18/2012 at 12:32 p.m. 0 comments
Po’ridge, short for “Poor Ridge,” is a skinny neighborhood extending north and south along North 6th Avenue, bound by Hall of Fame Drive to the west, and riding hard against the industrial dead zone of the Standard Knitting Mill to ...
The I-40 Corridor's Unnatural Divide
Published 4/4/2012 at 1:12 p.m. 0 comments
The SmartFIX40 project, which included the widening of Interstate 40 and the creation of Hall of Fame Drive, sharpened the isolation of East Knoxville from the other historic neighborhoods of Fourth and Gill, Old North, and downtown—a divide begun in ...
The Eclectic Collective Known As Groundswell
Published 3/21/2012 at 11:50 a.m. 0 comments
The nondescript concrete-block building at 1215 Magnolia Ave. still smells a little like the doggie day care it was before becoming home to Groundswell Collective in December. The building includes a living room with comfortable old sofas, a music room, ...
Knoxville Bike Collective Offers Workshops and Free Bikes
Updated 3/12/2013 at 4:01 p.m. 0 comments
Jonathan Woodroof and Kevin Horn currently head up the Bike Collective, a constantly evolving collection of volunteers dedicated to promoting biking and educating the public to the joy of bike assembly and maintenance.