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  • Deciphering Downtown Knoxville on Foot Published 8/5/2009 at 2:47 p.m. 0 comments

    On the 100 block of Gay Street, currently closed to vehicular traffic due to construction, there is a rare example of common sense. A fence stands between the sidewalk and the torn-up street. But in the middle of the block, ...

  • Gay Street Construction: This Old Block Published 7/8/2009 at 1:04 p.m. 0 comments

    Home renovation shows always make it look so easy. An updated countertop here, some new paint there, a slipcover for the couch and—voila!—you’ve transformed This Old House into a showcase. But as anyone who’s ever taken on home renovation knows, ...

  • Sidewalk Crosstalk Published 6/10/2009 at 3:43 p.m. 0 comments

    Some more new signs have popped up around downtown. What’s most noticeable is that they’re in the middle of the street. They remind drivers to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk. While I applaud the message, I’m not a big ...

  • Direction Selection and Sign Rejection Published 5/14/2009 at 10:32 a.m. 0 comments

    A little over a year ago, in my first Shot of Urban, I told of giving directions to drivers while standing on the corner in my pajamas waiting for my puppy to find just the right spot to make a ...

  • Knoxville Looks to Set Guidelines for Market Square Published 4/15/2009 at 3:59 p.m. 0 comments

    During the visioning sessions held prior to its renovation, Market Square was anticipated to serve as not only as a retail and dining destination, but also as a venue for a variety of events. And over the past few years, ...

  • Knoxville Tourism Info Kiosks Fall Short Published 3/17/2009 at 10:13 a.m. 1 comment

    Billed as “Knoxville’s Data Dog” and installed last month by the Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation, the unit is one of four currently in service around downtown. Two are located at the Knoxville Convention Center, and another just outside the ...

  • Benefits of Corporate Naming Rights Published 2/18/2009 at 1:32 p.m. 0 comments

    Giving directions to the Bijou Theatre got a lot easier last month with the installation of the venue’s new sign and marquee. Before, I’d tell people that it was just past the giant surface parking lot, and across from the ...

  • If A Tree Falls In Downtown... Published 2/3/2009 at 4:20 p.m. 2 comments

    There are a lot of sounds in the cacophony of downtown. Sirens, buses, garbage trucks, demolition and construction are just some of the notes that form the soundtrack of the city. Chainsaws, not so much. So when a distinctive whine ...

  • The Unfulfilled Promise of Onion Rings Published 1/21/2009 at 10:14 a.m. 0 comments

    Despite hard economic times, if you walk down Gay Street on a weekday, you’ll still hear a lot of hammers swinging. Work continues on the Crimson Building at Gay and Summit Hill Drive. And along the 500 block, behind a ...

  • Time to make downtown corporate again? Published 1/6/2009 at 4:11 p.m. 1 comment

    I’ve never used the escalator from State Street to Gay Street that glides patrons of the Regal Riviera up to their destination. But glimpsing it the other day as I was walking the dogs along State, I was reminded of ...

  • Knocking Back Shots of the Past Published 12/23/2008 at 2:09 p.m. 0 comments

    “Shot of Urban” began appearing in these pages in March of this year. And this Year in Review issue seems as good a time as any to look back at some past columns to see what’s changed-—or hasn’t—since they ran. ...

  • Twinkling Lights and City Nights Published 12/10/2008 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments

    With the kickoff of the Regal Celebration of Lights last month, Alstom’s Holidays on Ice rink on Market Square up and running, and the WIVK/Fowlers Christmas Parade drawing the usual throng to downtown, it is—as the song goes—(insert corporate sponsor ...

  • Aged Info in the Info Age Published 11/26/2008 at 9:54 a.m. 0 comments

    A couple of years back, I found a full book of blank parking tickets on the sidewalk. My dark side said to keep it and dole out various citations of my own design to vehicles I deemed deserving. I fantasized ...

  • Red Lights and Robots Published 10/29/2008 at 5:00 p.m. 2 comments

    Some of our robots are going to retire next month. Back in September, the News Sentinel reported that—due to a screw-up on the part of FedEx—Redflex, the company that operates the much-maligned red-light cameras around town, lost its contract. It ...

  • Live, Work, and Pay Downtown Published 10/15/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 0 comments

    It’s that season again. Fall is in the air, it’s football time in Tennessee, and it’s that special month when the city and county issue their annual property tax statements. Both arrived in my mailbox on the same day a ...