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  • Further Center-City Redevelopment With This Lincoln Park Craftsman Bungalow Published 7/28/2010 at 11:41 a.m. 0 comments

    Pains me to say it, but there was a little truth in the Wamp campaign’s recent observation that downtown Knoxville’s redevelopment is “limited”—although probably not in the way that Wamp’s handlers meant.

  • New Loan Program Aims to Move Middle-Income Homebuyers Into Center City Published 7/14/2010 at 11:24 a.m. 0 comments

    Despite that “unexpected” adverb that inexplicably dominates the headlines during this era of economic doom and gloom, we should have known that May’s crash in home sales was coming. It’s no secret that the feds, thanks to a tax credit ...

  • Give Me Land, Lots of Land Published 6/30/2010 at 10:24 a.m. 0 comments

    Within minutes of City Council’s initial vote on the ordinance allowing chickens within city limits, the clucking had already begun—tongue clucking, that is, from the perennial naysayers in the News Sentinel’s online comments, who started running on and on like ...

  • Since Sundown Published 6/16/2010 at 11:06 a.m. 0 comments

    It’s coming up on 12 years since the inaugural “Sundown in the City” drew some 2,000 people to the Market Square for a V-Roys show. It was a strange night, certainly the most people I’d ever seen on the Square ...

  • Let Me Call You Sweetheart Published 6/2/2010 at 10:32 a.m. 0 comments

    This week I want to thank the Wamp for Governor campaign for reminding me just how quickly the worm has turned for downtown Knoxville.

  • Park Yourself at Park Place, a Refurbished Junior High Published 5/19/2010 at 8:40 a.m. 0 comments

    It’s the old saying about having all your eggs in one basket—an adage that applies pretty well to urban development. Consider the convention center. It’s certainly a big building, put up on the premise of saving city’s failing downtown. And, ...

  • Hominess of Subdivided Fourth and Gill House Restored Published 4/28/2010 at 11:04 a.m. 0 comments

    What of the city’s recent history? The guidebook for last week’s Fourth and Gill tour tried to provide a little context, highlighting individual houses and the larger “back to the city” trend that led to their restoration and the neighborhood’s ...

  • Revisiting the Historic Fourth and Gill Tour of Homes Published 4/14/2010 at 10:18 a.m. 0 comments

    Upon buying a hundred-year-old house, one of the first things many people do is start digging into its history. When was it built? Who built it? What did they do?

  • Act Now to Take Advantage of Federal Tax Credits Published 3/31/2010 at 11:44 a.m. 0 comments

    You know the old saying about nothing being certain but death and taxes? Well, I’m not about to argue against the grim reaper, but I know for a fact that taxes aren’t always so certain.

  • Taking Up Residence in Newcomer’s Department Store Published 3/17/2010 at 11:15 a.m. 0 comments

    “Retail follows rooftops” is a reliable old mantra in the development trade. It’s common sense, really. People need food to eat, clothes to wear, and tchotchkes to clutter up their homes. And chances are they don’t want to go too ...

  • Keep the Car in the Garage in this North Knoxville Hacienda Published 3/3/2010 at 12:11 p.m. 0 comments

    Typically, arguments for leading a less car-dependent lifestyle are couched in environmental terms—Love Your Mother, lower your carbon footprint, that sort of thing. But is it also financially savvy to forego the car in favor of your feet or transit? ...

  • Holrob Communities Enters the Fourth and Gill Real Estate Market Published 2/17/2010 at 11:07 a.m. 0 comments

    “You are not buying another house; you are investing in your future.” Or so says the marketing copy on the Holrob Communities website. Not exactly earth-shattering stuff.

  • Discovering “Convenience and Beauty” in a Fountain City Cottage Published 2/3/2010 at 11:01 a.m. 0 comments

    Staycation is no longer a neologism. My spellchecker may not recognize the word, but Merriam-Webster does. The term turned up in the 2009 edition of the publisher’s Collegiate Dictionary.

  • Find What You’re Looking for in Knox Heritage’s Salvage Inventory Published 1/19/2010 at 3:59 p.m. 0 comments

    “Salvage,” in preservationist parlance, tends to be a fall-back position. Renovation and restoration are the preferred approaches when it comes to reusing old buildings. But when that’s not possible, the only alternative is often a quick raid with crowbars and ...

  • Live Within Your Means in This Tidy North Knoxville House Published 1/6/2010 at 10:20 a.m. 0 comments

    Since 1950, the average American home has more than doubled to 2,434 square feet. And that figure no doubt sounds a bit cramped out in cul-de-sac country, where basement rec rooms and bonus rooms over the garage have become the ...