What is Good Growth? What is Good Development?

Please don’t expect that either I completely understand the answers to those questions or that I can condense the information to a meme-sized statement. Urban growth and development are complicated topics. Sometimes it’s easier to point out bad development than it is to explain what would be good development. But it is critical that we […]

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 […]

A Proposal for Parkridge from the E. TN Community Design Center

I’ve found that people have widely divergent views of the kind of place they like to live in the city. Some like to live in an expensive, refined and completely developed area. Others like their part of town to be a bit more edgy and less polished. Often on this website we talk about urban […]

A Simple and Realistic Plan for Downtown Knoxville

As I noted in a recent article, the Urban Land Institute has released its final report. The full report may be viewed here. My article drew quite a few comments (32) and extensive interest. The conversation will be continued when the city hosts a forum on the topic March 30, 5:30 at the East TN […]

Guest Post: Alex Pawlowski looks at Automobiles in Knoxville

  I always find a jewel when I attend Pecha Kucha. Often there is one and often there are several presenters who are doing something cool and related to our topics on Inside of Knoxville. We’ve talked at length, and often, about automobiles and the impact they have on our region’s air quality, infrastructure and […]