Twenty Pounds of Headlines Stapled to His Chest: Amplifier on the streets

David sells the Amplifier at the corner of Wall and Gay There’s a new, monthly newspaper on the street as of this month. It is the project of Redeeming Hope Ministries and is called “The Amplifier.” Metropulse did probably the best write-up I’ve seen, but it has been mentioned on WBIR and The Sunsphere is Not a […]

What they are Saying

I’ve begun hearing from some of the people I’ve contacted and it looks like a united front, so far, on the side of not giving money. Still, there are a few nuances I’ll try to tease out as we consider (or at least I do :-)) what our response might be. There are four days […]

What About Me?

“And I feel like a stranger In the land where I was bornAnd I live like an outlaw. And I’m always on the run… “ From “What About Me?” Quicksilver Messenger Service I appreciate the opinions expressed so far, both in the comments and in the poll, on the question of what to do when […]

"Once upon a time . . .

You threw the bums a dime, didn’t you?” -Bob Dylan “Like a Rolling Stone”- Homeless man going through garbage, Wall and Gay, Knoxville One reality that anyone living in an urban setting must face is the issue of homelessness. While many people weigh in on our local discussion of housing first for the homeless, versus I’m not […]

Talking Trash, Talking People

Trash in cities has a long and interesting, if smelly history. For hundreds of years after the advent of cities people had to be careful walking down a street, ever watchful for falling garbage thrown from living quarters above. We’ve moved a bit past that, thankfully. So what do you do with garbage in downtown Knoxville in […]