Is Knoxville making the same mistakes Nashville has already made?

Is Knoxville making the same mistakes Nashville has already made?

By Steve Hunley Across America the Universities that teach urban design and planning have a mantra that preaches high density, walkability, bike lanes, and mass transit. Single family homes and automobiles have been designated as the enemy. There are many buzzwords to disguise the prejudice against single family homes and cars; Sustainability, Sustainable Design, Energy […]

City Council Races Matter

City Council Races Matter

By Steve Hunley It will likely be easy for some Knoxville residents to overlook or pay little attention to the various races for City Council on the November ballot, especially with a hotly contested mayor’s race in the offing. Charles Thomas and Charles Al-Bawi will be squaring off city-wide after a primary vote solely inside […]

Election Presents Clear Choice

Election Presents Clear Choice

By Steve Hunley   The results of the City of Knoxville election presents a clear choice for voters. The two top vote-getters in the mayoral primary election were businessman Eddie Mannis and former Board of Education member Indya Kincannon. Mannis, a first-time candidate, proved to be a strong candidate. There were few surprises in the […]

Mannis Exhibits Real Leadership

Mannis Exhibits Real Leadership

By Steve Hunley The biggest issue in the coming City of Knoxville elections is, without a doubt, Recode.  Knoxville’s longest serving mayor, Victor Ashe, has appropriately termed it a massive “rezoning” package and indeed it does affect virtually every property within the city limits.  Nor has the city council kept its promises while at the […]

Publisher’s Correction re. February 2016 council meeting

It has come to my attention, through social and other media, that in last week’s Publisher’s Position I incorrectly identified 2019 city council candidate Amelia Parker as having dropped the “F bomb” while addressing city council about an issue at a council meeting in 2016. After further review, I stand corrected that it was not […]

The Socialist Movement in Knoxville

The Socialist Movement in Knoxville

They Are on the Ballot By Steve Hunley Whether you believe it or not, there is a socialist movement in Knoxville; in fact, there is a ticket of socialist candidates running for city council.  They refer to it as the “City Council Movement” without referring to themselves as socialists.  The candidates running as part of […]

The Knoxville Focus for August 12, 2019

The Knoxville Focus for August 12, 2019

ROAD BLOCKED Parking reduced at New Harvest early voting location By Steve Hunley, Publisher publisher@knoxfocus.com It is a shame how few people vote in City of Knoxville elections.  That trend has been spiraling steadily downward in recent years.  Considering that, you’d think the Knox County Election Commission would try and make early voting as convenient […]

A Chicken In Every Pot or a City Without Hope?

A Chicken In Every Pot or a City Without Hope?

By Steve Hunley I was trying to remember which presidential candidate promised “a chicken in every pot” and checked with our residential historian and my memory was correct, it was Herbert Hoover. Hoover, enjoying the “Republican prosperity” of the 1920s, won a huge victory in 1928. Seven months after he was inaugurated, the stock market […]

The HUD Connection

The HUD Connection

Have we found the real reason for Recode? By Steve Hunley, Publisher publisher@knoxfocus.com Have we found the real reason for Recode? Last week we concluded The Knoxville Focus Publisher’s Position with a question, “What is the real reason for Recode?” We also asked Focus readers to call their city council representatives and ask the question, […]

Will Recode Raise Taxes?

Will Recode Raise Taxes?

By Steve Hunley As the City of Knoxville government considers the “Recode” proposal, I’ve heard that some officials are insisting Recode will not cause taxes to increase.  That just cannot be true.  While Recode has undergone more permutations than Frankenstein’s monster, the supposed purpose of Recode was to increase the “density” of Knoxville, meaning increase […]

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