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The development was one of few new large-scale commercial developments in East Knoxville in recent years and is the lynchpin for future commercial development.

The city has a substantial investment in the project, fronted by Leroy Thompson , the former NFL star. Critics point out that, after all the work involved in getting the center open, very little has been done to follow up the initial success and promote the project.

The failure of the project could adversely impact future development in East Knoxville.

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During the recent Republican primary for the U.S. Senate we understand Duncan told his supporters and political allies the Haslam family (supporters of Bob Corker ) has promised to help him raise the balance of his $1 million fund.

From what we hear it may be the Democrats picking committee chairs after the November election.

No Politics, Please

The next item of business will be electing a school board chair. Karen Carson has four solid votes and Robert Bratton has five votes. That’s unless someone else runs, splitting Bratton’s vote leaving Carson to win with four votes.

Legal Moves

Earlier this year Vice Mayor Mark Brown moved from the firm headed by Jess Campbell to open a new practice called Clark, Brown and Waters on Magnolia Avenue.

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But under the terms of Della Volpe’s suit, the wronged parties are people who were defeated by people not eligible to serve. It could mean that instead of County Commission naming replacements, the runners-up in various Commission races, like Amy Broyles against Billy Tindell , would be entitled to take the seats instead.

In case you were wondering why Della Volpe felt it necessary to sue, when there are already several suits before the court, this may be the reason.

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Fitted to cover the whole façade of the multi-story building in mostly black, the acrylic-mesh sign shows four identical photographs of an young lady in argyle socks on a black leather couch, kissing an ugly dog on the head. It says “New. Urban. Living.” And “Coming Soon.”

Some neighbors have criticized the superfluity of periods, after multiple non-sentences, a promotional style that seemed to peak in the late ’90s (“Nine Counties. One Vision.”) or the cloying image repeated in giant scale .

It’s nearly on the scale of something by the artist Christo , who famously covered the Reichstag in Berlin with fabric. Nobody doubts the temerity of developers David Dewhirst, Buzz Goss —and Patrick Hunt , whose idea the banner was. The group intends to add two more stories to the building before they’re finished, yielding a mixed-use retail-residential building with about 31 new condos.

When “soon” will be is anybody’s guess. Dewhirst says they’re going to market the place first, and have major architectural and engineering work to do before construction begins. When it does, he says, the fabric banner will serve a practical purpose, protecting passersby from the debris that will be involved in the major façade work. Once an ornamented beaux-arts front, it had been scraped clean of ornamentation, its windows blocked in, when Knoxville was trying to make Gay Street look “modern,” about 45 years ago. They decided to go ahead and hang the thing, Dewhirst says, admitting the fashion-victim façade was “so awful it gave the block a blighted look.”