Spare Change: Are We Making Too Big a Deal Over Panhandling?
Published 5/8/2013 at 11:16 a.m. 0 comments
A few weeks ago I read a post on a local Internet forum that touched on a familiar theme.
Lines of Communication: Can Downtown's Faulty Broadband Access Be Improved?
Published 4/17/2013 at 10:41 a.m. 0 comments
There’s a lot to downtown that isn’t on the surface. Beneath our streets and sidewalks, a labyrinth of sewers, pipelines, and conduits make up part of the infrastructure needed to sustain a city. With the coming of the digital age, ...
Sidewalk Stories: Taking Back the City's Sidewalks for Pedestrians
Published 3/13/2013 at 10:59 a.m. 0 comments
As downtown continues its revival, the effect of playing host to more people has meant several things, not the least of which is more traffic.
Signs of Change: Will the City Finally Shake Up Gay Street's All-Day Parking?
Published 2/13/2013 at 11:00 a.m. 0 comments
A few months back, I lamented that Gay Street, despite having just won accolades as one of the best streets in America, still needed a significant amount of improvement to function well as an urban thoroughfare.
Sounds of the City: Tuning in Downtown's Ambient Soundscape
Published 1/16/2013 at 10:34 a.m. 0 comments
It’s weird how the mind works. For example, every day we’re assailed by sights, smells, sounds and more. Yet we’re able to filter out so much of it.
Grab and Go: With Chick-fil-A Vacating First Tennessee Plaza, Downtown Faces Dearth of Brand Names
Published 12/19/2012 at 10:38 a.m. 0 comments
Monday through Friday, anyway, the southern end of downtown around the city’s tallest buildings smelled like fried chicken. More specifically, it smelled like Chick-fil-A fried chicken. After years in the First Tennessee Plaza, the recently embattled chain has moved out ...
Seasonal Observances: Downtown Begins Its Annual Holiday Rituals
Published 11/20/2012 at 11:37 a.m. 0 comments
I doubt anybody’s noticed yet. But that’s to be expected, considering. After all, at the beginning of the month, all eyes were on the northeast in anticipation of a freakish storm.
Street View: Despite Top-10 Title, Gay Street Could Use Some Rethinking
Published 10/24/2012 at 10:25 a.m. 1 comment
I was on my way back home the other day from one of those excursions, having just crossed the Gay Street Bridge to my side of the river late one Saturday morning, when I noticed something.
Parking By Instinct: Why Doesn't the City Study Downtown Parking Needs Before Addressing Them?
Published 9/26/2012 at 10:35 a.m. 0 comments
Next week, the City of Knoxville will take yet another blind step in its uninformed quest to enhance downtown parking when it boots up two multi-space parking meters on the 100 Block of Gay Street next month.
Seasons in the City: Tracking Downtown's Unique Harbingers of Change
Published 8/29/2012 at 10:45 a.m. 0 comments
I don’t know about you, but I’m going to be happy to see this summer go.
Park It: As We Await New Garages, Downtown's "Parking Problem" is Easily Solved
Published 8/8/2012 at 11:01 a.m. 1 comment
As you’ve probably heard by now, downtown is slated to get additional parking via two pending projects.
Can There Be Such a Thing as Too Much Liveliness Downtown?
Published 7/3/2012 at 5:00 p.m. 1 comment
Like a lot of people, I keep a calendar. There are the standard birthdays, holidays, appointments, and reminders that you might expect to find on anyone’s calendar—places I need to be and things I need to do. But the majority ...
Does Downtown Really Need a New Parking Garage?
Published 6/6/2012 at 11:37 a.m. 6 comments
Kimberly-Clark Corporation has been evaluating a move, claiming that downtown is no longer suitable for its operations, and last month announced the pending sale of its 12-story office building at Locust and Summit Hill Drive. Parking, downtown’s perpetual purported problem, ...
The Changing Demographics of a Changing Downtown Knoxville
Published 5/9/2012 at 12:47 p.m. 0 comments
I haven’t seen the figures lately. But I’m pretty confident that the number of people who are choosing to make downtown their home is continuing to grow. That’s interesting to me, especially since I know so many old friends and ...
Downtown Knoxville’s Pace Is Slowing Down—In A Good Way
Published 4/11/2012 at 11:57 a.m. 0 comments
There is a well accepted, almost universal, perspective of urban living as more fast-paced than that of the suburbs and countryside. And in some respects that rings true, particularly in bigger cities. But there’s another side, especially in downtown Knoxville, ...
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