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, ...
Revamping the CBID's Goals
Published 3/14/2012 at 12:15 p.m. 1 comment
It’s hard to think of a project in recent years that hasn’t benefited from the CBID’s largesse. And that’s causing friction. In recent weeks, the CBID has suspended its grant program, and is currently reassessing the criteria it employs in ...
Some Suggestions For the Knoxville Visitor Center
Published 2/15/2012 at 11:58 a.m. 2 comments
I’m not exactly sure what to make of the flap over the Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation, except that change is inevitable. What I do know a bit about is the visitor center they operate at the corner of Gay ...
Why Walmart Is Not the Threat to Downtown We Might Expect
Published 1/18/2012 at 11:42 a.m. 0 comments
A couple of weeks ago, when word came that developers were eyeing the former Fulton Bellows site along Third Creek as a possible location for a new shopping complex to include a Walmart and Publix, hands started wringing. After all, ...
Downtown's Real Parking Problem
Published 12/21/2011 at 11:45 a.m. 0 comments
It’s that time of year again! I was heading home the other day for lunch when I first noticed the bits of bright color adorning dozens of cars. It’s not the annual tradition of Christmas in the City. But you ...
The Hidden Life of a Downtown Alleyway
Published 11/23/2011 at 11:31 a.m. 0 comments
The alley (sometimes called Fire Street) that runs the length of Gay Street’s 100 Block plays host to a lot of things. In fact, in terms of mixed use, it may be one of the most diverse places in downtown.
Is Downtown Recession-Proof? Not Exactly.
Published 10/19/2011 at 12:29 p.m. 0 comments
Over the past few years, Knoxville's center city has seemed to defy trends where growth and prosperity are concerned. But much of that is due to deals that were struck and financing secured before the country’s financial meltdown began. People ...