Broadway-Fifth Task Force Meeting Notes
|June 22, 2006 - Committee
to focus on Broadway/Fifth Avenue area
28, 2006 Meeting
7, 2006 Meeting
17, 2006 Meeting
3, 2006 Meeting
21, 2006 Meeting
6, 2006 Meeting
20, 2006 Meeting
8, 2006 Meeting
|Next meeting is scheduled
for Thursday, October 12th at 12 noon at St. John's Lutheran
June 20, 2006
St. John Lutheran Church
Councilman Chris Woodhull convened the meeting at 12:10 p.m. at
Knoxville's Community Development Corporation (KCDC).
The following individuals were present:
Renee Davis, Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC)
Bill Lyons, City of Knoxville (Policy Development and Community
Chris Woodhull, City Councilman
Cathy Chesney, City of Knoxville
Grant Rosenberg, Knox County
David Gryder, Dixie Kitchen
Patrick McInturff, 4th and Gill Neighborhood
David Nix, Parkridge Neighborhood
Judy Holder, City People
Roger Nooe, Ten-Year Plan
Alvin Nance, Knoxville's Community Development Corporation
Jerry L. Armstrong, Knoxville Police Department
Steve Misenheimer, St. John Lutheran Church
Ginny Weatherstone, Volunteer Ministry Center (VMC)
Ola Blackmon-McBride, The Salvation Army
Bert Rosen, Knox Area Rescue Mission (KARM)
Russ Jensen, 311
Mark D. Hipshire, HFSNA
Daniel Schuh, Old North Knoxville
Councilman Chris Woodhull and Bill Lyons asked the group how they
felt about using names in the meeting notes, since they would be
posted on the Internet, and how broadly the notes should be distributed
they wanted everyone to be able to have access to them. Currently
posted to the yahoo group, and will be included on the City's website
and K2K. Everyone felt comfortable with names being used, and it
was suggested to give members of the group a chance to review the
notes first to make sure that their comments were interpreted correctly.
A draft will be posted to the Broadway yahoo group and left up for
at least 24 hours for comments or clarification if needed.
Councilman Woodhull asked what people thought of the last meeting
and what we accomplished, and what reflections/insights anyone had
after the meeting. Taking inventory of the situation and everyone's experiences
The need for a beautification project became apparent, for
example, what will the I-40 underpass look like after work is completed?
What was the existing area supposed to look like- was it supposed
to have the chain length fence or something more attractive?
It was good to start looking at the scope and boundaries
of the problem
The common experiences
Are we enabling behaviors? Will the development at Broadway and
Fifth help people get into success programs or keep people in close
proximity to opportunities for bad behavior?
Councilman Woodhull discussed a thinking process that could be
used, based on the Harvard Negotiation Process. Groups gather data,
ask questions (diagnosis) discuss which direction to take then discuss
what to next. [Data >Diagnosis > Direction > Do Next diagrammed
in a box] He noted that people tend the skip from gather data to
do next, omitting the very important diagnosis and direction stages.
Ground rules for the discussion were established:
1) Focus on situations and not people to stay focused (soft on people,
hard on issues)
2) Listen, no interrupting
3) One person at a time
The group was encouraged to re-cast with the above noted process
and ground rules in mind. More specifically look at:
General comments around these areas were:
Businesses, neighborhoods, and homeless providers have
1) Gathering Information
2) Tasks Identified
3) Long-Term Vision (Shared Interest)- What are we striving for
and what do we want this area to look like?
Close to downtown close to good neighborhoods.
What are the goals? How do we make the area more livable?
How do we get it right follow the process.
Gathering Information: Dramatic increase in drug activities. There are more dealers
on the streets with our vulnerable population.
43% of the homeless population is working. However, working
consists of day labor, etc.
The impact of Katrina evacuees is not known. Shelters did
not serve very many evacuees.
A ministry that provides street ministries to the homeless
can be helpful and non-helpful as it relates to enabling homelessness.
It is important to coordinate services with shelter providers.
Interfaith Hospitality Network and Compassion Coalition
are good examples of how we are coordinating our services and reducing
duplication of services.
Mental health issues have an impact on the number of emergency
visits, which becomes very costly.
25% of the substance abuse arrests are homeless individuals.
Dr. Nooe shared a spreadsheet of the process that occurs when homeless
individuals are arrested for substance abuse.
The City of Memphis has a homeless program that has a very
good case management component.
There are several cities where the City Government takes
the lead in the coordination of services for the homeless such as
Denver, Colorado and Syracuse, N.Y.
Our mayors (Knoxville City and County Mayors) are very committed
to the homeless problem in our City.
Resources are needed to make a midsize city comparable in services
to cities such as Denver and Syracuse.
Councilman Woodhull commented that we had spent a lot of time at
the past two meeting gathering data but at the next meeting there
will be a planned exercise that the group will participate in.
The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 6, 2006 at Knoxville
Area Rescue Mission at 12 noon. Parking is available in The Salvation
Army parking lot.