Are we still tearing down Knoxville? St. John’s Episcopal says, "Yes!" at 710 and 712 Walnut Street

710 and 712 Walnut Street, Knoxville, November 2011 I’m no historian and, though I’ve been coming to downtown Knoxville since the nineteen-eighties, I’ve only lived downtown for just over two years. I can’t call the names of the buildings that have been lost over the years in the manner that Kim Trent or Jack Neely (whose latest […]

Surviving the Snow, Part Two

First Presbyterian Church Cemetery, State Street, Knoxville, January 10, 2011 Downtown Knoxville did not return to normal today, but it managed a closer approximation. The roads were much more navigable as the ice and snow succumbed to the ice, wind and warmth of the tires passing over the surface. More people stirred as temperatures rose […]

Downtown Churches, Christmas Eve and a Slight Inexplicable case of the Creeps

One of the little secrets about downtown to the people who aren’t involved is that there is a lot of action in the streets around midnight on Christmas Eve. Just after midnight is when a number of downtown churches end their Christmas Eve services and probably between one and two thousand people spill out into […]