Festival Stress: Downtown's Social Calendar is Jammed Full
Published 4/16/2014 at 11:09 a.m. 0 comments
It’s begun. We’ve already gotten past Big Ears, Rhythm & Blooms, and the Rossini Festival. But what some have called the “festival season” has really only just started.
Coping With Loss: With the Demolition of the McClung Warehouses, We Need to Start Looking Ahead
Published 3/12/2014 at 12:27 p.m. 0 comments
First, there is the lesson learned. While the McClung buildings may have been among downtown’s most visible neglected structures, they certainly weren’t the only ones.
Sidewalk Snarls: Knoxville Can Keep its Streets Clean on Snowy Days—Why Not its Sidewalks?
Published 2/12/2014 at 11:00 a.m. 0 comments
Take a walk up Gay Street after a snow, and you’ll find cleared patches of sidewalk that have been swept, shoveled, and salted. Take a few more steps and walking up Gay Street may take on a little more literal ...
Ultimate Satisfaction: Imagining the Possibilities for Downtown's 2014
Published 1/15/2014 at 10:44 a.m. 0 comments
It’s going to be nice to put some things behind us. And all indications are that 2014 is set to match, if not exceed, the pace at which things have been improving here for the past decade.
Umbrella Stand: Give the Gift That Keeps on Giving (and Sheltering)
Published 12/18/2013 at 11:09 a.m. 0 comments
If you were one of the literally dozens of people who turned out to brave this year’s annual Christmas Parade downtown a couple of weeks ago, you were treated to what has to have been one of the wettest and ...
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.
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