New Option for Restaurants and New Art for the City

I’ve intended for three or four months to start a series about potential long-term changes which may come out of the necessity of our current pandemic. For the most part, trends that were already in place and that fit with safety during the pandemic, are more likely to stay. Large department stores were already in […]

Artist Addison Karl Completes Mural in Western Market Square Alley

Artist Addison Karl has completed his mural, “Cassiopeia,” on the surface of the Market Square Garage facing the Square. Karl was selected by the Arts and Culture Alliance and the Knoxville City Council approved $150,000 for the work. He brought in a team of artists and hired local artists to help him complete the massive […]

The Telephone Building – The Second of Two Articles on the Downtown AT&T Building

(Ed: Today is the second of a two part series by Oren Yarbrough, architectural intern at DIA.) In the last article, I described the varied and interesting history of the collection of buildings that today makes up the AT&T complex. If you haven’t yet read the first article I strongly suggest you do so you […]

Have You Seen This?

There’s such an accumulation of little changes around downtown it’s virtually impossible to notice, let alone document, them all. Some are very big and others are more like small details that make the city a bit better. Some change the shape of the city while others simply make it richer while we aren’t watching. Let’s […]

New Mural Going Up Near Central and Broadway (Plus the latest photos from Elkmont Exchange)

Murals are spreading all over town and I’m loving it. The most recent to appear is located in Old North. It’s at the corner of Irwin and Bearden Place. If that doesn’t ring a bell, it’s in Downtown North and it’s a block off Central and a block off Broadway, directly behind the interesting new […]