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 ...
So You Want To Live Downtown?
Published 9/28/2011 at 10:36 a.m. 0 comments
A friend of mine told me the other day he is considering moving downtown and wanted my thoughts. We talked a little about what he was looking for, and I offered a few cautions and suggestions about different locations. Then ...
Meats, Veggies, and a Side of Mega Mart
Published 8/31/2011 at 1:45 p.m. 0 comments
One of the things I’ve said about living downtown is that it’s nice to live in a place where, every day, things seem to get just a little bit better.
A Tale of Two Sausages
Published 8/3/2011 at 4:29 p.m. 2 comments
I generally only see them on the weekends, but I’m pretty sure they work seven days a week. Just the other morning, I could tell one of them had been there by the still life left on top of the ...
Gay Street: Parking vs. Driving
Published 7/6/2011 at 11:52 a.m. 0 comments
In addition to the traffic snarls and general mayhem that have resulted since the closure of the Henley Bridge for repairs, it has been good for a few laughs.
How Did Downtown Knoxville Happen?
Published 6/8/2011 at 12:33 p.m. 3 comments
A decade ago, downtown was having its own destination imaginings. City leaders, who had been eyeing the success of the aquarium in Chattanooga and wringing their hands over the one-that-got-away, were falling all over themselves at the latest idea of ...
It’s Time to Ticket Cars Downtown That are Moving, Too
Published 5/11/2011 at 4:03 p.m. 0 comments
As I’ve mentioned before, downtown’s gained a lot more traffic since the bridge closure. I think it’s more than simple coincidence that we’ve had two such accidents in the four months since TDOT began rerouting traffic around the construction.
Published 4/13/2011 at 2:50 p.m. 1 comment
Despite the city’s efforts to connect downtown with the surrounding neighborhoods, it still sometimes feels like its own small town within a city. That gives it a close-knit feeling that can be a double-edged sword. You may see your neighbors ...
A Schism of Downtown Viewpoints
Published 3/16/2011 at 11:27 a.m. 0 comments
There has been, for as long as I’ve lived downtown, a certain rift between those who see downtown one way, and those who see it another. Not so long ago, a lot of people had written off Market Square and ...
Downtown Traffic Since the Henley Bridge Closure
Published 2/16/2011 at 11:58 a.m. 0 comments
Sitting in a car in traffic is probably one of the least enjoyable pastimes we offer. But it is one of the inevitabilities of diverting 30,000 vehicles a day around the Henley Bridge closure.