Violins of Hope Offers a Somber Glimpse of the Past, A Testament to Human Resilience

I rarely write about specific gallery exhibitions. I was moved to do so for Violins of Hope, the most recent exhibition at the UT Downtown Gallery after attending the ribbon cutting and opening ceremony last Friday. Mayor Rogero offered opening remarks and current Knoxville Poet Laureate Marilyn Kallet read a poem written for the occasion. […]

Magnolia Avenue Streetscapes Project Set to Begin Soon (Plus Some Fun Cumberland Avenue Info)

August 9 at 10:00 AM, ground will be broken marking the start of phase one of the Magnolia Avenue Streetscapes Project. Work is expected to begin immediately after and is anticipated to require close to a year for completion. Vaughn and Melton Consulting Engineers will complete this phase with Bryan Berry serving as Project Manager […]

Burn Memorial Unveiled

Saturday was a hot and humid day in the city, with temperatures hovering in the 90s by afternoon. It was a perfect setting for a suffrage march, rally and the unveiling of the latest sculpture in the city: The Burn Memorial. The memorial, which I wrote about only last October, seemed only a dream then, […]

Pace Bike Share Debuts in Knoxville!

February seemed like a strange time to launch an outdoor activity, but that’s exactly what happened when Zagster representatives came to town last week to make it only the second city in the U.S. (Tallahassee was the first – in December) offering Pace, a hybrid system of bike sharing that reconfigures the traditional model of […]

New York City, Knoxville, San Francisco and Oakland

Worlds sometimes collide and that was the case for me, yesterday. After five days in New York City, Urban Woman, Urban Girl and I returned to Knoxville. I love Knoxville. But New York City, which I’ll probably write more about in the coming days, is, after all, New York City. Our visit there was fabulous […]