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  • We Are All We Have Published 7/29/2009 at 2:48 p.m. 0 comments

    The first few minutes for a visitor at a Trappist monastery are pretty special. The member monks and priests subscribe fully to the line of teaching that when Christ returns, He will present Himself as a stranger in need. You ...

  • Who Will Fill 6th District Vacancy? Published 2/11/2009 at 1:33 p.m. 0 comments

    In addition to all the jockeying for the vice mayor’s post, Mark Brown stepping down from City Council to become a judicial commissioner also leaves his colleagues faced with the challenge of appointing a successor to his 6th District seat. ...

  • The Rep faces potential legal troubles Published 1/28/2009 at 11:32 a.m. 1 comment

    State Rep. Stacey Campfield is back in the news. Only this time, it’s not due to some publicity stunt or politically DOA piece of legislation like last year’s bill requiring death certificates be filed for aborted fetuses. Instead, “The Rep,” ...

  • Old Man Potter’s Revenge Published 12/31/2008 at 11:07 a.m. 0 comments

    You know the scene: George and Mary Bailey are bound for their honeymoon when they witness a run on the town’s bank. And, as a similar panic threatens to swamp George’s Bailey Brothers’ Building and Loan, he and Mary offer ...

  • Soul Food Published 12/17/2008 at 4:22 p.m. 0 comments

    The S&W’s salvation, as Jack Neely observed in last week’s story on the announcement that a restaurant will soon be returning to the space, is “a fairy-tale ending.” But it’s more than just the Cinderella story of a single building. ...

  • Lost in Green Space Published 12/3/2008 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments

    Before he went full time prophesying a peak oil apocalypse, author and critic Jim Kunstler made some pretty shrewd observations about the pitiful state of America’s built environment. One such observation applies pretty well to the current debate about the ...

  • City Sidewalks, Busy Sidewalks Published 11/19/2008 at 5:00 p.m. 3 comments

    Sidewalks are typically good barometers of a center-city’s health—the more bustling the better. Here’s hoping that, as the holidays approach, the sidewalks around Mast General and along Market Square are thronged with shoppers. Seems like not too long ago when ...

  • Here’s Hoping Published 11/5/2008 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments

    By the time you read this, we should know who the next president is. At least, I hope so. Another Florida hanging-chad debacle might be more than America’s creaky democracy can take, particularly after an election as contentious and as ...

  • Gentrification Proof? Published 10/22/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 0 comments

    Empty houses, overgrown lawns, and “for rent” signs replacing the “for sale” signs: As the foreclosure crisis continues to unfold across the nation’s cul-de-sacs, the reports coming sound strangely familiar. Like so many folks who fled the inner city for ...

  • Holler, Not Hollow Published 10/8/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 0 comments

    “Retail Follows Rooftops” is an age-old axiom in the development trade. It’s also common sense. Sellers need buyers and will tend to set up shop where they’re concentrated. That simple fact propelled the growth of cities in the first place. ...

  • Trade Up Published 9/24/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 0 comments

    What do two of the most magnificent mansions that ever graced Manhattan, the Waldorf-Astoria, and the Empire State Building all have in common? The question occurred to me the other day after reading a blog post on the News Sentinel’s ...

  • Look Out For the Little Guy Published 9/10/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 0 comments

    This past Friday, The Glowing Body yoga studio and café and Magpies, the bakery that’s been serving up sweetness in the Old City for over five years, held a grand opening at their new space over on N. Central Street. ...

  • Violence and Vouchers Published 8/27/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 0 comments

    Violence, it is said, doesn’t solve anything. But it does grab headlines—and the public’s attention. One headline, in particular, caught my eye concerning last week’s tragic shooting at Central High. “Discipline concerns had been expressed,” said the piece, a mix ...

  • TIF Tiff Published 8/13/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 0 comments

    Off-Center City by Matt Edens: Amazing how quickly, in the wacky world of Knox County politics, an appointed board can go from obscure acronym to political football. It helps, of course, when there are millions of dollars at stake: five ...

  • This Won’t Strangle Downtown Published 7/30/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 0 comments

    Off-Center City by Matt Edens: In what could be an unprecedented occurrence in the annals of Knoxville road building, orange barrels may soon appear along North Central Street as part of a project to make the road narrower, not wider. ...