Weekend thoughts

There’s a cool thing going on downtown Friday evening when New Belgium caps their run of Clips of Faith, a touring short film festival.

New Belgium, known for the “follow your folly” motto, tends to attract the outdoorsy set, the people who do stuff, creative types and of course the folks who like good beer. So Knoxville must be a good stop for that, right? Touring festivals such as this are a good gauge of peer cities, too. The festival is small enough to be somewhat exclusive and well-known enough to be accepted about anywhere it wants to go. Let’s take a look at some of those other stops:

  • St. Louis (the Arch, beer, Cardinals)
  • Madison, Wisc. (Home of The Onion)
  • Asheville (of course)
  • Boulder (see: Asheville)
  • Atlanta (big, traffic, Coke)
  • Charleston (pink shorts, old)

So we’re a stop alongside the metropolitan heart of the Southeast, a handful of groovy tourist traps and a few other cool places people see and visit. A good way for a city to find out about itself is to look around and see the peers it’s listed among, and such a tour is more telling than any top-10 list.What does that say about our Scruffy City?

Talking about South High School earlier Friday with the mayor, and she brought up Oakwood Elementary as the case of an old school being redeveloped in the right way:

Oakwood Elementary is a wonderful example of how it’s done properly. Rather than just selling at auction … the county put out an RFP, they selected a developer who knows what he was getting into and they’re now starting to move into that property, and it’ll be restored. We now have two examples in how the process has been followed, and in the example of this one (South High School), where the process was not effective.

Leaves are going to be in full swing soon, and the cool fall air is upon us. Go outside, if you can.

This blog just recently poked its little yellow beak through the thin shell in which it has been incubating. The bright light hurts, but we’ll adjust and be flying soon enough. Glad you all have dropped by. Promise not to speak in metaphor too much.


About Gerald

A journalist in Knoxville, TN. Work (mostly) inside and play (mostly) outside. I'm a part of the X or the Y generation. None of us claim the other.
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