Urban Mystery Picture #6

Perhaps the effort to be a tad more difficult paid off to some small degree: last week’s winner took forty minutes and this week’s winner took over twenty-four hours. Interestingly, there is a small asterisk to that claim: A previous winner recognized the site sooner, but decided to delay officially submitting an answer in order to give others a chance. Aren’t members of the Urban Nation nice people? You certainly are.

So, to review, here is last week’s picture:

Mystery Picture #5

Katie Powell logged on Sunday morning and thought to herself, “What a nice chair.” Then she thought, “I know that chair.” She correctly identified it as a condo across from the Downtown Dog Park. She got her rows a bit mixed, thinking it is called “Ryan’s Row,” but I believe it is actually called “King’s Row.” Ryan’s Row, if I’m not mistaken is the row of condos on the hill across and diagonal from the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Still, clearly she had the right idea, so we have our first female downtown winner!

She opted to go without a hat, but to include her pug with her mug, since without her pug, Zoe, she likely wouldn’t have been in that part of the city, so they are sort of co-winners, giving us our first canine winner. I offered Katie the chance to plug something and she said, “. . . encourage people to come out to the Botanical Gardens starting in two weeks to support Knox Kickball 2011!” Consider yourself encouraged.

Katie Powell and Zoe

Which brings us to this week’s contest. It crossed my mind that I might take a photograph of a single brick and say you have to identify not only the building but the individual brick. We’ll go easier than that, but this time my friend Shaft has served up some interesting bricks. I’ll just make you guess the location of the brick pattern, not the individual bricks. Remember, to win you need to be the first to correctly identify the location in the comment section below. Next, you need to e-mail me at KnoxvilleUrbanGuy@gmail.com so we can exchange a photograph and other pertinent information. Good luck everybody!

Urban Mystery Picture #5

This is crazy. After two early easy wins by two residents of the Holston Building, I decided to make things more difficult and went for a more artsy shot. It only took until around 9:00 AM for a winner in that third contest. For the fourth one my friend Shaft cropped it down to a few toes and a clump of cement, so I knew that had to be more difficult, right? Here’s last week’s mystery picture:

After a mere forty minutes online this week’s winner made a correct identification. This would be downright embarrassing to any self-respecting Urban Guy. At 12:40 the comment was posted saying, “The foot of the soldier statue at the corner of Gay & Church – in front of the old Courthouse.” This is correct. It is the Spanish War Veteran’s Monument in front of the Old Courthouse.

Buddy Ray – Week Four Urban Mystery Picture Winner

Congratulations go out to Buddy Ray who breaks new ground for the winners, not just in speed, but also in being the first winner from North Knoxville. Of course, Buddy Ray grew up coming to downtown Knoxville and remembers when Market Square was Market Square Mall complete with the mushroom umbrellas (look it up in Jack Neely’s book: Market Square: A History of the Most Democratic Place on Earth).

So, now the gloves come off. No more playing around children, this is the real thing. I think we can take this baby seven days with the surprise answer revealed next week. Do you really think you can handle it? OK, the rules are the same. You have to be the first person to correctly identify the picture in a comment below AND you have to e-mail me at KnoxvilleUrbanGuy@gmail.com. Good luck!

Urban Mystery Picture #5

Urban Mystery Picture #4

Well, it’s that time again. Once more I’m forced to acknowledge that you guys are very good at this. The Urban Mystery Pictures haven’t remained a mystery for more than a few hours each week. This time, maybe we’ve made it a little harder.

First, last week’s picture:

First Tennessee Plaza, Gay Street, Knoxville

Melissa Carr was the first to officially identify the location of the picture as the “First Tennessee Building on Gay Street.” Of course, officially, it is the First Tennessee Plaza. Melissa is reveling in her new status as the first female winner of the contest, though she’s willing to share a little glory with her husband, Scott, as he gave an assist in her climb to glory. She’s also proud to be the first westerners to win. I took that to mean west Knoxville, but judging by the UCLA shirt Scott is wearing, maybe they really mean west. Their picture is posted below with a little twist on our theme: He has the hat and she has the glasses. Pretty sweet.

Scott and Melissa: Urban Mystery Picture #3 Winner

An honorable mention goes out this week to Buddy Ray who gave a correct answer via e-mail, but had a malfunction on the comment portion of the task. I think he’s got it together now, so we may hear from him, yet. This also broke the Holston domination. Can they make a comeback this week? Shaft (AKA my friend Kevin) got the cropping apparatus fired up this week and made this a serious challenge for week four.

I’m posting the picture below. Remember, to win you have to be the first to leave the correct answer on the comment section below AND e-mail me at knoxvilleurbanguy@gmail.com. Good luck, everyone.

Urban Mystery Picture #4

Urban Mystery Picture #3

Well, for two weeks in a row the Urban Mystery Picture has been identified within hours of its posting. Will that be the case for a third week in a row? After this group of pictures runs its course we may have to ratchet up the difficulty level to make things a little more interesting.

So, on to the winner and to this week’s challenge. First, here are last week’s pictures. There were two of the same location:


Congratulations goes out to Chad Boetger who correctly identified the location as “The Tattoo parlor on Clinch in the Union Avenue Parking Garage.” He recognized it because he had a hand in its development and construction. Of course, the garage in question is technically named the Locust Street Garage. The business outside which these lovely chairs often perch is the Ace High Tattoo Parlor at 535 W. Clinch.



Chad Boetger, Week Two Winner

 Chad also made an interesting point, which actually sounded like more of a challenge. Both he and David, the winner of the inaugural Urban Mystery Picture contest live in the Holston Building. He wondered if, in fact, there might not be a Holston Building Dynasty in the works. Are the rest of you going to stand for that?

Here’s your chance to stop the Holston Express. Remember, leave your guess in the comments below and e-mail me at KnoxvilleUrbanGuy@gmail.com. Good luck. Here’s this week’s Urban Mystery Picture:
Urban Mystery Picture #3