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Written on Death to James White Parkway: Stopping it in South Knoxville is Just Half the Job:

Several months ago I made the same suggestion in a letter to the editor that y'all printed. I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one tilting at windmills. A San Antonio Riverwalk-style development could be built along First Creek, with the potential to be one of the most distinctive urban spaces in the nation. It's time for the Useless Parkway to Nowhere to be torn down. And get rid of 2 lanes of Neyland highway at the same time, to free up space for riverfront development.

Written on Does Downtown Knoxville Really Have a Parking Problem?:

No new regulations are required on creating parking lots downtown. The zoning ordinance says that parking lots are not allowed by right! All the city needs to do is stop allowing zoning variances. (Somebody needs to inform the Mayor about the zoning.)

Written on How Did the Idea For a Cultural Center at World’s Fair Park Become So Focused on Just the Clarence Brown Theatre? :

A theater that is used only a few times a year is no "solution" to a park that is underutilized. If a new theater must be built in that area, put it on the parking lots across the street. Also: is the "massive sewer line" actually Second Creek? It's buried under the park somewhere.

Written on St. John’s Creative History—and the Urban-Church Paradox :

in response to skeeballcore:

Why is it such an issue if the church gets to share the same tax benefits as other secular non-profit organizations?

And for liberal-minded folks to love ‘freedom’ so much, why do you like taxes so much and why would you take away the 'right' of private organizations to buy land and use it as they see fit?

Because when buildings are torn down in urban neighborhoods, it damages the property value of all the other properties nearby. Demolitions in urban neighborhoods are definitely a property rights issue, but not in the way you think. It shouldn't be allowed because it devalues all nearby property. Your rights end where mine begin.

Written on The Walnut Street Dilemma: Property Rights vs. Historic Preservation:

It seems clear that what St Johns really wants is to move out to the suburbs where their members live, but tradition and inertia keep them from pulling the trigger. Maybe some developer will offer to swap them a big chunk of land in the burbs for their property downtown.

Written on Downtown Knoxville’s Broadband Internet Access Kinda Sucks. Can It Be Fixed?:

Focusing only on the cost of a fiber network is stupid. You need to look at the income too. Chattanooga's is expected to become profitable later this year, and they are paying off their bonds. Building their system didn't "cost" them anything out of pocket. They borrowed to build, and the income from the system pays off the debt.

Written on Image Problem: How Well Do Knoxville’s Websites Present the City to the World? Um...:

Interesting article. The Visit Knoxville website, which should be our city's main presentation to the world, is a disgrace. It's always out of date -- today it features information on Valentine's Day (isn't that still in February?) and a video of a triathlon in 2011. When is the city going to fire everyone at our tourism agency?

Written on Street View: Despite Top-10 Title, Gay Street Could Use Some Rethinking:

Good column. Maybe after Henley bridge reopens Gay Street will be re-striped to just two motor vehicle lanes and bike lanes.

Written on Park It: As We Await New Garages, Downtown's "Parking Problem" is Easily Solved:

"Sitting" phase? I like it. Maybe that description will catch on for projects that are just lounging around.

Written on Can There Be Such a Thing as Too Much Liveliness Downtown?:

"Get off my lawn!" -- Crotchety Old Fart battle cry.

Written on KTSC Needs Revamping, Not Replacing:

The KTSC staff seems incompetent to me. For example, go to their knoxville.org website. On the front page you'll still see headlines promoting St Patrick's Day and the Dogwood Arts Festival. Click through to the calendar of events, find an event like the Knoxville Brewfest and click on "visit website" -- you'll see that the link is broken. In fact the links for almost all the events listed are broken. Today the internet is the most important form of promotion. If the KTSC can't maintain a simple website, what hope is there that they can effectively utilize a multi-million dollar budget? None.

Written on Does Downtown Really Need a New Parking Garage?:

The proposed parking garage caters to office tower property uses. Ironically, that category of real estate is in decline across the nation and there are empty office towers in every city. This project is 40 years behind the times.

Written on Rogero’s Hybrid Pension Plan Deserves Support:

The hybrid plan is needlessly complicated and would be a headache for retirement planning for the employees. A pure defined contribution plan is the most flexible and therefore the best for employees (and taxpayers). Simplify, simplify, simplify.

Written on Panhandle-Free Zones:

Amen. The aggressive beggars are holding back further progress downtown.

Written on The Super-Sexy All-Singing All-Dancing Metro Pulse Guide to Pensions!!!:

"Anita Cash"? Are you serious? Does she work with "Ima Gonnatakeyomoney"?

It's mindblowing that employee benefit changes require a public vote. What a completely messed up system.

Written on Revamping the CBID's Goals:

The CBID would do well to switch its priority to attracting more residents downtown. 2,000 people is far too few for a viable urban neighborhood. Use the incentives to encourage the development of more apartments, townhouses and even a retirement community downtown.

Written on Technology Talk Dominates Knox County School Board Races:

iPads aren't really useful in education because it's hard to type on a tablet computer. Inexpensive "netbook" notebook computers would be a far cheaper and more useful choice.

Written on Wandering Around Knoxville’s Abandoned Industrial Sites:

In the photo, the mill looks like it's in the middle of nowhere. But it's actually right next to Caswell Park, a fancy playground, and the municipal baseball stadium. The YMCA is nearby. In other words it's a fine location for residential development. Unlike the faux "lofts" downtown, the mill is a genuine industrial loft building. If it were downtown or in the Old City it would be worth millions, but even where it is I'm surprised nobody has snatched it up for a conversion to apartments or studio space or something.

Written on How Others See Knoxville:

Good article. An additional concern: the Smoky Mountains are the attraction that draws most visitors to the region, but do a Google search for "Smoky Mountains" and you won't find a single website that promotes the entire region (both NC and TN). Parochial thinking like that damages the region as a vacation destination.

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