Knoxville Issues » Shot of Urban by Michael Haynes

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  • 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.

  • Boomtown Confidential 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.

  • The Virtues of Annoying People Updated 1/21/2011 at 11:23 a.m. 4 comments

    I won’t say that suburban neighborhoods are monolithic. It’s not like everyone who lives in a particular area can be expected to be exactly the same. But a lot of neighborhoods do tend to generally reflect the common economics or ...

  • Feeling Lucky, Despite Getting Stuck in the Cold Published 12/22/2010 at 3:27 p.m. 0 comments

    I was waiting for the tea kettle to boil and slipped out for a preview of the frosty pre-dawn weather. It was cold and still. When I heard the kettle begin to whistle, I turned back to the door and ...

  • Ground-Floor Opportunity Published 11/24/2010 at 2:48 p.m. 0 comments

    One of the things I like to say about making my home downtown is that it’s great to live in a place where, every day, things seem to get just a little bit better. I’ve lived in a few places ...

  • Taking Sides Published 10/27/2010 at 12:42 p.m. 0 comments

    While much of downtown thrives at happy hour and beyond, most of the river-end of Gay still rolls up the sidewalks in the evening. Of the roughly dozen restaurants around the 800 and 900 blocks, most still cater primarily to ...