Art Making Places and Places Making Art

We’ve all experienced it, perhaps most often in an urban setting. Take a scruffy warehouse, add lights and art and suddenly, the space is “cool.” It’s a place people want to hang out. Same with an alley when art is added or a building with a colorful and interesting mural. Art is a game changer. […]

HappyHealthySmart Greatest Hits

The HappyHealthySmart Symposium held last night at the East Tennessee History Center provided enough fodder for contemplation, discussion and action to keep us busy for a long time. I’ve listed some of the most salient points below. I’m not 100% sure I’ve attributed everything to the right person, but the “greatest hits” are what matters […]

What Makes a City Happy? Healthy? Smart? Here’s Your Answer (Sort of)!

Those are the questions, aren’t they? If we had smart cities with happy and healthy citizens, we’d have unlocked the secret to many of our problems. So how do we do that in a general sense? And, more importantly to us, how do we do it in Knoxville? It has a lot to do with […]

Broadway, We’ve Got Problems

I stretched a little out of my normal coverage zone to attend the meeting to discuss the recommendations of Broadway Corridor Task Force meeting at St. James Episcopal Church on Broadway. I normally cover Broadway up to the spot where it is joined by Hall of Fame. The focus of this meeting was the stretch […]

Faris Eid: Lifting Up a City

When it gathers for its annual gala on October 20, the East Tennessee Community Design Center will honor a person who has designed a large percentage of the best renovations and restorations in our city. He’s also designing new construction which will change the face of the city. And he has one of the best […]