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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Requiem for J's Mega Mart
Published 10/6/2010 at 10:31 a.m. 3 comments
Most people know what you mean when you say “convenience store.” People know you can probably pick up some milk, batteries, and gum at a convenience store. You wouldn’t necessarily expect to find watches or printer paper. A convenience store ...
100 Block Redux
Published 9/1/2010 at 9:42 a.m. 0 comments
One morning a few weeks back, the fence finally came down. There was no fanfare. That had come and gone. Workers just quietly removed the chain-link fence erected to contain the construction on the 100 Block of Gay Street.
It’s Time to Revisit Knoxville's Trolley Routes
Published 8/4/2010 at 11:15 a.m. 2 comments
Gay Street is going to be a little quieter in a couple of weeks. With the opening of the new transit center on Church Avenue, the chains of buses that have roared down Gay over the past few years on ...
Rather Contain Buskers, We Ought to Extend That Market Square Vibe
Published 7/7/2010 at 10:06 a.m. 1 comment
I love Market Square. I need to get that out of the way up front. Its unique character reflects not only the rich historic character of downtown, but also the spirit of a city that is rediscovering the value of ...
Without Enough Policing, Sundown Series Is Too Much of a Good Thing
Published 6/16/2010 at 10:26 a.m. 3 comments
Tonight’s Sundown in the City is the last for this season. For many attendees, that’s probably a disappointment. But for some of us downtown, it’s going to be a relief.