Sidewalk Sideshow Debuts Downtown

There was a lot going on in downtown Knoxville this weekend. Saturday, particularly, was the point of intersection for multiple events that could put a squeeze on downtown parking. The Orange and White game drew somewhere between 40,000 and 65,000, depending on who you believe, and many of them parked downtown. The annual Dogwood Arts […]

Turning a Dysfunctional Eyesore into a Critically Functional Work of Art

It’s a staircase I suspect most people who come downtown haven’t even noticed. It’s often dirty, smelly and it’s built just a bit different from most stairwells – it sort of spirals, but not quite. The location doesn’t inspire many people to use it – it leads from a spot most people don’t walk – […]

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 […]

A Look at the Fire Street Lofts and The Emporium (AKA City People Home Tour 2017, Part Three)

Today we’ll take a final look at a rainy, but successful City People Home Tour. While we each probably had our favorites along the way, the homes this year seemed, to Urban Woman and myself to be attractive, interesting spaces. We thought the tour was a particularly strong one and we’ll look forward to next […]

City People Downtown Home Tour 2017, Part One

The City People 2017 Downtown Home Tour held this past weekend on Friday and Saturday featured some extremely attractive residences. Urban Woman and I have been attending the tour, which is over 25-years-old, for something around fifteen years. As I’ve said before, it was our gateway drug to downtown living as it became increasingly easy […]