The Heart and Soul: Random Thoughts About Market Square

By David Denton My profession as an architect and an itchy foot have taken me to many cities around the world.  I always head first to the center of town where I expect to find the public space that defines the heart and soul of the city.  These spaces may go by many names: piazza, […]

A New Pedestrian Bridge, A New Location for the Coliseum Proposed and More

Today we take another deep-dive into downtown design issues. David Denton joins us, once again, to look at some of the most confounding conundrums we face: Access to the river from atop our steep bluff, connectivity to the south waterfront, placement of a new coliseum, restoring the fabric of the city to the east and […]

The Missing Link: How to Connect the Parts of Downtown

Ed.: As has been the case in the past, David Denton joins us today with an exploration of a relatively simple way to connect the Arts District and Old City to the Gay Street/Market Square Area. Short of what we really need to do, restore the 200 block of Gay Street and tame Summit Hill, […]

Those Wonderful Murals

  David Denton, who has written on this site  a number of times, offered a column on his opinion of the historic murals on the Walnut Street Garage. My observation is that visitors and residents alike have been interested, amazed, pleased and impressed. I often have conversations with pedestrians stopped beside the current photographs viewing […]

A Simple and Realistic Plan for Downtown Knoxville

As I noted in a recent article, the Urban Land Institute has released its final report. The full report may be viewed here. My article drew quite a few comments (32) and extensive interest. The conversation will be continued when the city hosts a forum on the topic March 30, 5:30 at the East TN […]