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Sidewalk Snarls: Knoxville Can Keep its Streets Clean on Snowy Days—Why Not its Sidewalks?
Published 02/12/2014 at 11 a.m.
Take a walk up Gay Street after a snow, and you’ll find cleared patches of sidewalk that have been swept, shoveled, and salted. Take a few more steps and walking up Gay Street may take on a little more literal ...
Ultimate Satisfaction: Imagining the Possibilities for Downtown's 2014
Published 01/15/2014 at 10:44 a.m.
It’s going to be nice to put some things behind us. And all indications are that 2014 is set to match, if not exceed, the pace at which things have been improving here for the past decade.
Umbrella Stand: Give the Gift That Keeps on Giving (and Sheltering)
Published 12/18/2013 at 11:09 a.m.
If you were one of the literally dozens of people who turned out to brave this year’s annual Christmas Parade downtown a couple of weeks ago, you were treated to what has to have been one of the wettest and ...
Ticket Masters: What the Heck—the City is Finally Taking its Gay Street Parking Signs Seriously
Published 11/20/2013 at 11:20 a.m.
In my ongoing effort to provide my readers with the most up-to-date insider information on parking downtown, I will advise that ticketing at the reconfigured spaces on Gay Street has officially begun.
Old City Blues: Downtown's Original Revivalist District Deserves More Attention From the City
Published 10/23/2013 at 10:14 a.m. 1 Comment
With downtown’s development trajectory showing its strongest push north along the Central corridor toward Happy Holler, the Old City is poised to become the front door for many visitors coming downtown.
Street Injustice: Why a Neighborhood Watch Program Would Never Work Downtown
Published 08/28/2013 at 1:22 p.m. 1 Comment
One of the first things he suggested—something that was generally considered a building block for this sort of thing—was to form a neighborhood watch. It was one of the most ridiculous things I’d ever heard.
A Clear Path: Maybe It's Time for the City to Take Another Look at our Sidewalks
Published 07/31/2013 at 10:45 a.m.
In some areas, recent expansions to sidewalks have yielded more space for pedestrians.
Knox Fables: A Familiar Tale of Two Very Different Mice
Published 07/03/2013 at 10:26 a.m.
The loft mouse was scrolling through the newsfeed on his phone when the message arrived. “You probably don’t remember me, but I’m your cousin!” it read.
Clang Went the Trolley: Knoxville's Terrain Remains a Barrier to Tying Downtown Together
Published 06/12/2013 at 10:53 a.m. 3 Comments
In another setting, walking the less than a mile from the riverfront to the Old City would be a leisurely stroll. But making that trek can feel more like a hike.
Spare Change: Are We Making Too Big a Deal Over Panhandling?
Published 05/08/2013 at 11:16 a.m.
A few weeks ago I read a post on a local Internet forum that touched on a familiar theme.