Ticket Masters: What the Heck—the City is Finally Taking its Gay Street Parking Signs Seriously
Published 11/20/2013 at 11:20 a.m. 0 comments
In my ongoing effort to provide my readers with the most up-to-date insider information on parking downtown, I will advise that ticketing at the reconfigured spaces on Gay Street has officially begun.
Old City Blues: Downtown's Original Revivalist District Deserves More Attention From the City
Published 10/23/2013 at 10:14 a.m. 1 comment
With downtown’s development trajectory showing its strongest push north along the Central corridor toward Happy Holler, the Old City is poised to become the front door for many visitors coming downtown.
Street Injustice: Why a Neighborhood Watch Program Would Never Work Downtown
Published 8/28/2013 at 1:22 p.m. 1 comment
One of the first things he suggested—something that was generally considered a building block for this sort of thing—was to form a neighborhood watch. It was one of the most ridiculous things I’d ever heard.
A Clear Path: Maybe It's Time for the City to Take Another Look at our Sidewalks
Published 7/31/2013 at 10:45 a.m. 0 comments
In some areas, recent expansions to sidewalks have yielded more space for pedestrians.
Knox Fables: A Familiar Tale of Two Very Different Mice
Published 7/3/2013 at 10:26 a.m. 0 comments
The loft mouse was scrolling through the newsfeed on his phone when the message arrived. “You probably don’t remember me, but I’m your cousin!” it read.
Clang Went the Trolley: Knoxville's Terrain Remains a Barrier to Tying Downtown Together
Published 6/12/2013 at 10:53 a.m. 3 comments
In another setting, walking the less than a mile from the riverfront to the Old City would be a leisurely stroll. But making that trek can feel more like a hike.
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.
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