Fragile and Fading Structures Near Downtown

May is National Preservation Month. Knox Heritage, our local preservation organization, uses the month to highlight properties which appear to be in real danger of being lost. Previously titled “Fragile Fifteen,” the list is now called the “Fragile and Fading.” The list is a bit shorter, allowing for more concentrated focus. Some of the properties […]

Endangered Properties and Demolitions Continue to Be an Issue in Knoxville

Just when you think we get it, it’s clear we don’t. Surely we understand that what gives downtown Knoxville and surrounding areas its charm is its historic structures, right? We wouldn’t let any more of the properties slip away! That’s a sad memory of a bygone era and we love our older buildings. We’re enlightened. […]

Monument Battle Lines Drawn in Knoxville – But Are the Lines Really That Clear?

It’s not a new issue, by any means, and Charlottesville was not the first place it played out. New Orleans recently removed many of the statues commemorating the Confederacy. One constituted a memorial to the white citizens who re-established white control of the city in 1874 in a bloody battle leaving 100 injured or dead. […]

Endangered Buildings in and Near Downtown

Each spring, during National Preservation Month, Knox Heritage announces its, “Fragile Fifteen.” The list highlights buildings – or sometimes areas – that are endangered. Often neglected and in need of intervention to avoid demolition or simply collapsing on their own, the list is a chance to bring the buildings, once more, into public consciousness in […]

A Homecoming to Lift the Tone of a Somewhat Somber Weekend

    Have you ever known someone who remained angry day after day? I’ve known a few and, honestly, it’s not a pretty sight. I suppose some rappers stay angry for years and make good money from it, but it makes me very tired to angry for too long. So, it seems a change in […]