February 21, 2006 - The Metropolitan Planning
Commission, in cooperation with the City of Knoxville, is sponsoring
a series of public workshops beginning in March to discuss design
guidelines for downtown.
The first workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 7 at 5:30 p.m.
at the East Tennessee History Center, 610 S. Gay St. Topics to be
discussed will include downtown's unique qualities, what people
find pleasing and what aspects of design should be enhanced over
MPC staff will provide an overview of typical design guideline
considerations, drawing from local observations and other cities'
Those attending will be asked to give their opinions on building
design, sidewalks, streets and public spaces.
Urban design guidelines were recommended in the City of Knoxville's
Downtown Improvement Strategy, which noted that other cities have
used such guidelines to improve their downtown's aesthetics and
Additional workshops will be held this spring and summer to discuss
with citizens various alternatives that the City and MPC could pursue
regarding such guidelines.
For more information, please contact MPC staff members Mike Carberry,
Ann Bennett or Anne Wallace at 865-215-2500.