Ponte Vecchio: A pedestrian passes the street-level building with multiple entrances on the Broadway Viaduct, a rare example of buildings-on-a-bridge. Some think of it as Knoxville’s version of the famous “Old Bridge” shops in Florence, Italy.

Photo by Eleanor Scott

Ponte Vecchio: A pedestrian passes the street-level building with multiple entrances on the Broadway Viaduct, a rare example of buildings-on-a-bridge. Some think of it as Knoxville’s version of the famous “Old Bridge” shops in Florence, Italy.

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theoryofmusicalinfluences writes:

I wish they would keep the buildings on the bridge and renovate them somehow (historical preservation?). This whole section including the intersection near the bus station should be a place in Knoxville that is like Old City but this was/should be known as "Little Jamaica". A building at the intersection at Central should be a restaurant and venue actually called "Little Jamaica" (no idea who owns this?). Can you get people to save and develop the area? There should be a large open air arcade and restaurant district there also (like beachfront arcades along the coast?). The entire area should include the glass factory and have shops all the way to Middlebrook. Sincerely, that should be a much busier area. I just want to be able to buy a steel drum IN KNOXVILLE, TN REALLY. It is too much to ask for or something. : )

Other stores that should be in that area: world goods, world grocery, small art store that sells pens and sakura, a science toy, maps, and educational supply store (also selling astronomy items), a poster printing, t-shirt, and novelty store, a world cafe with radio broadcasts and live music, a world musical instrument store, a standard local music store, a local used record and cd store, and maybe a small used bookstore.

SOMEONE should ACTUALLY pay me to think really. : )

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