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Great job! Jack captures the essence of what has made preservation such a success in Knoxville.
The rebirth of Market Square as Knoxville's gathering place is the result of countless individual efforts over the past 20 years. The City, through the Special Events office, has worked as hard or harder than anyone else to try and bring people and events to Market Square. They had to convince events to locate on the Square back in the days when there was no guarantee anyone would attend.
The Market Square District Association has worked successfully with Mickey and her staff to coordinate our activities. Our mutual goal was to eventually get to the point of having multiple events wanting to be on the Square at the same time. Now that we have reached that goal, we are trying to make reasonable accommodations for everyone. That will inevitably result in a few inconveniences along the way.
In the months and years ahead, we know that growing pains will continue and we will have to make choices about how we use the Square. We will have more formal policies to help guide those decisions. There will also be more public input about how we want to use our public space. It is a good problem to have and it's a tribute to all those who have worked so long to make Market Square such a popular destination.
John CraigPresidentMarket Square District Association