Downtown Art Wraps by the Knoxville History Project Appear Around the City

This past summer as the Urban Clan drove around the wild west, we stopped over in Missoula, Montana. I snapped a photo though the car window as I drove (don’t do this at home, children) of a buffalo “painted” on an electrical box. We’d noticed them in other cities as well across Montana and Wyoming […]

Art Market Gallery: Downtown Jewel Hiding in Plain Sight Celebrates 35 Years

The 400 block of Gay Street is probably the most active block in downtown Knoxville that isn’t called Market Square. If you asked downtown visitors to name the businesses they frequent off Market Square, many would name Mast General Store, Downtown Grill and Brewery, Babalu and Sutrees. Maple Hall and the Phoenix Pharmacy and Fountain […]

“The Man Who Lives Here is Loony,” Explores Psychological Depths with Jazzy Wordplay

It’s the kind of artistic encounter that inspires extended rumination and conversation. It rolls around inside your head for days, shifts shapes and turns again, rearing its head at unexpected moments. A quote comes to mind. A gesture. I settled in with Rusty Odom of Blank Newspaper to discuss, “The Man Who lives Here is […]

What Makes a City Beautiful? Keep Knoxville Beautiful Finds the Answer in Downtown Buildings

Keep Knoxville BeautifulĀ is a local organization devoted to just what their name would imply. Their mission statement indicates that they love all things “clean, green and beautiful.” To keep it clean, they organize major litter cleanups, support efforts to that end by smaller groups and educate area children. To keep it green, they offer a […]

New Year’s Eve in the City: 2015 into 2016

I know there are other stories which have already broken around downtown for the new year – and I’ll get to those, but this being a marathon of stories and not always a sprint, I’m going to linger one more day over the holidays. I had a great time bringing in the New Year and […]