Urban Design: What is It? How Can We Tell If It Is Good?

I’ve joked that before I started writing this blog I didn’t know that the words “urban” and “design” went together. I wasn’t really joking. I’m not sure most people commonly used the word “design” a decade or so. Now we run into graphic design, urban design, interior design, landscape design, fashion design and more, all […]

Downtown Knoxville Ten Day Planner (1/20 – 1/29/2018)

If you want to be certain your event is included on this calendar, I’ll need your event two weeks in advance. The absolute best way to make sure I include your event is to make a FB event and invite me – two weeks in advance. My FB “events” are the one place I’ll go […]

Major News for Future Downtown Development

It’s something we’ve talked about on this blog for years as a missing piece in the downtown development equation: the missing 200 block of South Gay Street. Once a thriving connector packed with businesses, the construction of Summit Hill, and other decisions resulted in the demolition of those buildings, leaving the 100 block of South […]

Electronics in the City: Digital Zombies

Sometimes I wonder what cities were like before our lives were taken over by electronics. I should be able to remember that era, but it’s hard. It’s probably a genie in the bottle at this point, but wouldn’t it be interesting if we could carve out no use or low use zones? Maybe I’m the […]

Knox Heritage: New Leadership, New Directions, Same Mission

I’ve recently met with (relatively) new Knox Heritage Executive Director Todd Morgan a couple of times. He stopped into WUTK for a delightful interview on January 6 and then for coffee the next day. Knox Heritage is an important organization as we seek to continue the preservation of the buildings that make this city distinctive and […]