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Jack Neely

Writer, Knoxville History Project in Knoxville

Knoxville’s 225 Years: What Difference Have We Made?


Knoxville's beloved historian Jack Neely covers 225 years of Knoxville history to explore what created the city and what it means for the future of this Scruffy City.

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Addressing our future mobility needs now

@ VOL 14 ON FEB 12, 2015

Like any city, mobility is key to Knoxville’s future development and its larger success as a strong and diverse community. While increased access to greenways, the Urban Wilderness, and a movement back to downtown have provided alternative options to its automotive centered culture, the automobile looks to serve Knoxville for years to come. But what will that look like? And what are the challenges that exist between serving the needs of Knoxville residents and the environment in which Knoxville works and enjoys?

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Nourish Knoxville

@ VOL 14 ON FEB 12, 2015

Charlotte Tolley has served as the director of the Market Square Farmers’ since its inception in 2004.  She describes the history and growth of the MSFM and how it has built community in Knoxville, and how it informed the start of its new umbrella organization, Nourish Knoxville.  As a 501c3 organization, Nourish Knoxville is cultivating relationships between farmers, artisanal producers, and the community through connections local food. 

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The Smarter Cities Partnership: Reimagining Knoxville’s Energy Future

@ VOL 17 ON NOV 12, 2015

Erin Gill focuses on Smarter Cities Partnership efforts to dramatically advance energy efficiency in Knoxville through community engagement, education, and weatherization. 

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The difference between smart and intelligent

@ VOL 55 ON FEB 09, 2016

Tobias Berneth, Founder of Things to Be, discusses the question "Why can't smart technology be smarter?" he challanges this question by comparing technology. What is the difference between smart and intelligent products? We have smart products – products that can store, and deliver information. The intelligent product would be able to recognize redundancies and patterns of information.

Smart products await your input. Do you loose time by using smart products? By using intelligent products, would you be given time, as the product is constantly changing after your needs?

Berneth compares these intelligent products to making new friends. He asks, "How do you design something that collects your data?”. It’s like making friends, make products that people can communicate with in a human way and that can understand how you do it.

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On A Corner Of Gay Street

@ VOL 18 ON FEB 11, 2016

Is the Bijou Theatre really haunted as a 2004 Knoxville News-Sentinel article alleges?  What is the forgotten tragedy of the 4th Floor? Is it really Knox Heritage's fault and why does it still matter? What egregious omission has the Bijou Theatre Foundation perpetuated and how can they rectify it?

These questions and more may be answered when award winning Lamar House-Bijou Theatre historian Dean Novelli condenses 200 years of history into a 400 second presentation in the unique Pecha-Kucha 20 x 20 format.

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Cultural difference: American point of view on Ukraine

@ VOL 2 ON AUG 27, 2016

Byron Johnson is living in Ukraine. During some years he observed Ukrainian culture and made some findings. Different traditions of greetings, communications with neighbors, hospitality, transportation, food etc. He talks about his own experience and discoveries of Ukrainian life style.  

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Why Knoxville’s Zoning Code Prohibits Good Urban Design and Prevents Walkable Communities

@ VOL 20 ON AUG 18, 2016

Walkability is key in improving health, the local economy, and the environment.  Unfortunately Knoxville’s zoning code prohibits mixed use, requires too much parking, and mandates large setbacks, all of which make Knoxville less walkable and transit friendly. In this presentation, Marshall Stair explores Knoxville and discusses what could be done to promote walkability in future developments.

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Why Knoxville Needs Central Cinema

@ VOL 24 ON AUG 17, 2017

Knoxville has grown into an incredibly cool city over the last few years, and a one screen indie theater could be the perfect addition to the growing list of awesome things to do in our city. The mainstream movie going experience has become less and less desirable over the years, and William Mahaffey informs how Central Cinema can become a hub for all of the film lovers seeking a better cinema experience here. We will also provide a fitting home for the many film festivals that have sprung up here over the years. On top of that, it will help with the growth of the North Knoxville/Happy Holler commercial area and make it an even more desirable hot spot for the Knoxville community.  

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@ VOL 26 ON FEB 08, 2018

There is power in the purposeful making of place. Richard Foster believes Knoxville has the potential to become a remarkable 21st Century City. What will that look like and how will we get there? Four years ago, AIA East Tennessee relaunched Architecture Week with a single goal - to engage the broader community in a conversation about the built environment with a series of activities and events that celebrate the places that give shape to our stories, our lives, and our communities.