“The Next Slum?”
Published 7/16/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 2 comments
Off-Center City by Matt Edens: Those few sentences, in a nutshell, are also the thrust of a July Atlantic article entitled “American Murder Mystery.” While focused on Memphis, the piece follows a trend that’s been baffling police departments across the ...
Transit in Transition
Published 7/2/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 1 comment
Off-Center City by Matt Edens: My colleague Michael Haynes made a pretty good point in his Shot of Urban column last week, suggesting that the Knoxville Transit Authority and the city consider expanding downtown’s trolley service outside the Central Business ...
Published 6/18/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 3 comments
Off-Center City by Matt Edens:
Sex, and What City?
Published 6/4/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 0 comments
Off-Center City by Matt Edens: The film adaptation of the hit HBO series Sex and the City scored a stunning $26.1 million dollar opening night last Friday (that is—in terms the movie’s characters could relate to—enough to buy more than ...
Abandoning the School Business?
Updated 5/22/2008 at 12:08 p.m. 1 comment
Off-Center City: Incoming Knox County School Superintendent Jim McIntyre got a firsthand taste of the county’s fractious and geographically fractured politics this month. Where the new super would send his sons to school became a topic of some speculation, and ...
Updated 5/10/2008 at 10:27 p.m. 1 comment
Commentary: With few exceptions, the long-anticipated 12-month shutdown of I-40 through the middle of downtown kicked off last week with more whimper than bang. A simple malfunctioning signal caused the most noticeable backup after the closing. The loudest complaints, so ...
Published 4/23/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 1 comment
Commentary: Low-income housing does not mean poor people,” says Mercy Health Partners’ Metro CEO Jeff Ashin. He made the comment on WBIR the other day, addressing neighborhood concerns about the possibility that some portion of longtime North Knoxville landmark Saint ...
A Good Environment
Published 4/9/2008 at 9:00 p.m. 1 comment
CommentaryThirty years ago, then-president Jimmy Carter boosted the fund-raising and building effort that led to Knoxville’s 1982 World’s Fair with a proclamation calling the city: “a splendid setting in which to explore new technologies to conserve energy, to harness the ...
Published 3/27/2008 at 11:51 p.m. 0 comments
Ordinarily, I don’t follow the news out of Oak Ridge, so if a friend hadn’t sent me a link to the article in the Oak Ridger, I might have missed out on a rather interesting development. A group of developers, ...
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Published 2/28/2008 at 10:32 p.m. 2 comments
Over on the irreverent Internet forum KnoxBlab, the phrase “This Will Kill Downtown” is something of a running joke. It’s sort of an all-purpose punch line prompted by some people’s always imminent expectation of downtown’s demise once the tax money/drug ...
- commentary (2008-09) Published 2/28/2008 at 12:00 a.m. 0 comments
- commentary (2008-08) Published 2/21/2008 at 12:00 a.m. 0 comments
Knox County voters finally take back their government
Published 2/14/2008 at 6:06 p.m. 0 comments
Two years after the abortive “Take Back Our Government” rally at the Expo Center formerly known as the Clinton Highway Lowe’s, Knox County’s voters seem well on their way to doing just that. The turnout on “Super Tuesday” was tremendous. ...