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  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • Construction on Gay Street’s 100 Block Grinds On, While Residents Lose Patience Published 5/12/2010 at 9:31 a.m. 0 comments

    Last Summer, when construction on the 100 Block of Gay Street was getting into full swing, I wrote that “the attitude I get from most of my neighbors seems to be of the grin-and-bear-it variety.” After over a year of ...

  • Basic Rules of Thumb for Downtown’s Upside-Down World Published 4/14/2010 at 10:03 a.m. 0 comments

    Don’t let your kids read this. What I’m about to tell you isn’t exactly “adults only” material, but it is intended for those old enough to know the difference between right and wrong.

  • Recent Downtown Fatality Raises Questions Over Pedestrian Safety Published 3/17/2010 at 10:53 a.m. 0 comments

    As we went to press this week, the details of a man killed there on March 1 remain murky. What is known is that he was struck and killed by a turning KAT trolley as he attempted to cross the ...

  • When Snowy Weather Makes Downtown a Simple Neighborhood Published 2/17/2010 at 10:14 a.m. 0 comments

    It was forecast days in advance. Over the past decade or so, I’ve learned not to put a lot of stock in predications of snow. It’s the meteorologists’ version of crying wolf, and the more insistent they become, the less ...

  • CBID’s Priorities Need More Than Just Talk Published 1/27/2010 at 10:16 a.m. 0 comments

    We’ve had no shortage of plans and recommendations over the years—just not much in the way of results. Yes, we’ve had one major retail success in Mast General Store. But little has sprung up in the wake of what was ...

  • New Report Highlights Decade of Downtown Development Published 12/23/2009 at 9:57 a.m. 0 comments

    Earlier this month, the Metropolitan Planning Commission released a report on housing in downtown and its growth over the past decade. It shouldn’t come as any surprise that it paints a picture of downtown as a residential neighborhood on the ...

  • Treble Clef Removal Highlights Void in Art Policy Published 11/25/2009 at 9:54 a.m. 3 comments

    Presumably, the Art in Public Places event will return next year. But the treble clef, in its original form, seems to be gone for good. Whether you liked it or not, downtown has lost some of its aesthetic interest with ...