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Last Call: Our Downtown Correspondent Decides to Move On
Published 07/02/2014 at 11:36 a.m.
A lot has gone into transforming downtown. Those of us who chose it as a place to live are part of that. But if downtown had to make it by relying only on people who live here, the successes we ...
Bike Routes: As Bikes Become More Popular in Knoxville, Our Laws Need Another Look
Published 06/04/2014 at 11:03 a.m.
And as summer has settled in, weekends are bringing more casual bicyclists to downtown than anyone has seen in recent memory.
Narrow Focus: Can Downtown Go Beyond Being Just an Entertainment District?
Published 05/21/2014 at 2:32 p.m.
I hate spending money on things I need. Somehow it doesn’t bother me the other way around—spending money on things I like is, in fact, often enjoyable. But every now and then, I’m faced with forking over dollars for things ...
Festival Stress: Downtown's Social Calendar is Jammed Full
Published 04/16/2014 at 11:09 a.m.
It’s begun. We’ve already gotten past Big Ears, Rhythm & Blooms, and the Rossini Festival. But what some have called the “festival season” has really only just started.
Coping With Loss: With the Demolition of the McClung Warehouses, We Need to Start Looking Ahead
Published 03/12/2014 at 12:27 p.m.
First, there is the lesson learned. While the McClung buildings may have been among downtown’s most visible neglected structures, they certainly weren’t the only ones.
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.