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A Charming Bungalow in Parkridge
Published 03/23/2011 at 11:16 a.m.
Fitting that, after almost 20 years of writing this column for Metro Pulse, my final piece would be a place in Parkridge. It was, after all, a house in Parkridge that led me to write for Metro Pulse in the ...
Looking Back on 20 years of Urban Renewal in Knoxville
Published 03/23/2011 at 11:07 a.m. 2 Comments
Columnist Matt Edens has been writing Urban Renewal for Metro Pulse for nearly 20 years. Originally, his intent was to spark homebuyers to take an interest in historic neighborhoods and older homes that were typically shunned as “fixer uppers.” But ...
Pave Any Mountain?
Published 03/09/2011 at 10 a.m.
I always figured the proposed Hillside and Ridgetop Protection Plan would be an uphill battle. And last week’s County Commission meeting played out predictably with developers and their proxies lining up like a gang of homeowners association NIMBYs fighting against ...
A Garden Dwelling in Parkridge
Published 02/23/2011 at 12:08 p.m.
When, exactly, did Appalachia become cool? Don’t get me wrong; I appreciate a good fiddle riff as much as the feller. But when I moved to Knoxville at the tail end of the techno era, I’d have been hard-pressed to ...
Open House: Knox Heritage Brings a Victorian Up to LEED Specs
Published 02/09/2011 at 12:44 p.m.
Knox Heritage is currently wrapping up a complete renovation that combines historic preservation with the latest in green building practices.
A Country Retreat Only Four Miles From the City Center
Published 02/02/2011 at 11:33 a.m.
How many buildings around town predate the 1890s? Even downtown, 19th-century buildings aren’t as common as you might think. Many of Gay Street’s oldest buildings, for instance, date to the early 20th century rush of rebuilding after 1897’s famed “Million ...
Holrob Expands into Fourth and Gill With a New “Old House”
Published 01/12/2011 at 12:45 p.m.
Owning a historic home isn’t for everyone. Compared to the standard vinyl box they sell out in the suburbs (brick front, optional), your typical 100-year-old home requires a bit more attention to upkeep.
Bridging the Gap Between Downtown and North Knoxville
Published 12/22/2010 at 3:31 p.m.
While Interstate 40 has done considerable damage, a surprising amount of infrastructure remains in the area that used to be the north end of downtown. Case in point: the Lucerne Building, at the corner of Fifth Avenue and King Street.
Au Revoir Office Park
Published 12/08/2010 at 3:11 p.m.
Corporate America is tiring of the suburbs and returning to downtown like so many empty nesters—or hipsters, since many companies cite attracting top young talent as a factor in their decision to set up shop downtown.
Dream Small: A Cape Cod in Lindbergh Forest
Published 11/24/2010 at 2:27 p.m.
Built circa 1940 along a winding street in Lindbergh Forest, one of Knoxville’s earliest automobile oriented suburbs, this Cape Cod was probably purchased by someone hoping to escape the city crowds and bustle.