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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.
Lines of Communication: Can Downtown's Faulty Broadband Access Be Improved?
Published 04/17/2013 at 10:41 a.m.
There’s a lot to downtown that isn’t on the surface. Beneath our streets and sidewalks, a labyrinth of sewers, pipelines, and conduits make up part of the infrastructure needed to sustain a city. With the coming of the digital age, ...
Sidewalk Stories: Taking Back the City's Sidewalks for Pedestrians
Published 03/13/2013 at 10:59 a.m.
As downtown continues its revival, the effect of playing host to more people has meant several things, not the least of which is more traffic.
Signs of Change: Will the City Finally Shake Up Gay Street's All-Day Parking?
Published 02/13/2013 at 11 a.m.
A few months back, I lamented that Gay Street, despite having just won accolades as one of the best streets in America, still needed a significant amount of improvement to function well as an urban thoroughfare.
Sounds of the City: Tuning in Downtown's Ambient Soundscape
Published 01/16/2013 at 10:34 a.m.
It’s weird how the mind works. For example, every day we’re assailed by sights, smells, sounds and more. Yet we’re able to filter out so much of it.
Grab and Go: With Chick-fil-A Vacating First Tennessee Plaza, Downtown Faces Dearth of Brand Names
Published 12/19/2012 at 10:38 a.m.
Monday through Friday, anyway, the southern end of downtown around the city’s tallest buildings smelled like fried chicken. More specifically, it smelled like Chick-fil-A fried chicken. After years in the First Tennessee Plaza, the recently embattled chain has moved out ...
Seasonal Observances: Downtown Begins Its Annual Holiday Rituals
Published 11/20/2012 at 11:37 a.m.
I doubt anybody’s noticed yet. But that’s to be expected, considering. After all, at the beginning of the month, all eyes were on the northeast in anticipation of a freakish storm.
Street View: Despite Top-10 Title, Gay Street Could Use Some Rethinking
Published 10/24/2012 at 10:25 a.m. 1 Comment
I was on my way back home the other day from one of those excursions, having just crossed the Gay Street Bridge to my side of the river late one Saturday morning, when I noticed something.
Parking By Instinct: Why Doesn't the City Study Downtown Parking Needs Before Addressing Them?
Published 09/26/2012 at 10:35 a.m.
Next week, the City of Knoxville will take yet another blind step in its uninformed quest to enhance downtown parking when it boots up two multi-space parking meters on the 100 Block of Gay Street next month.