Former Bowery and NV Nightclub Buildings to be Restored

  Two buildings at 125 East Jackson Avenue will be renovated and given a new use in a plan approved yesterday by the Downtown Design Review Board. Forming the east and south side of the courtyard across the street from Barley’s, the two buildings, along with the courtyard will be dramatically improved beginning within the […]

New Development Comes to Emory Place

If you’ve never considered Emory Place, it’s worth walking through and giving it a bit of thought. If you don’t know where it’s located, consider walking north on Gay Street, past the 100 block, over the tracks and past Regas Square, under the Interstate and another couple of blocks. It’s less than a mile from […]

How would you spend $.75 million and change annually to help downtown?

Start naming projects to help an entire downtown and the money can slip away pretty quickly. Some issues or dreams can’t be addressed with that small amount of money. As massive as it would seem to many of us on a personal level, when you start spreading it around block-by-block, it’s hard to make it […]

Downtown Knoxville Alliance Poised to Usher the City into a New Era

When I moved into downtown Knoxville in 2009 and stumbled into the Central Business Improvement District, now re-branded as the Downtown Knoxville Alliance,  it was already sixteen years old. Formed in 1993 during some of downtown’s most difficult years, the purpose was to pool a small tax on downtown residents and businesses and leverage that […]

City House Town Homes Within Months of Completion

It’s been three-and-one-half years since I first wrote about Hatcher-Hill’s plans to build row homes on Vine Avenue at one of the highest points downtown. Since then a lot has changed while very little has changed. In July of 2015, the homes were set to begin construction right away. For various reasons, the start was […]