I would like to thank Metro Pulse for the cover story on the Parkside
Drive construction and Turkey Creek development ["Unarrested Development,"
Vol. 7, No. 45]. I appreciated the examination of some of the serious questions
and concerns about over-development this project has raised.
One fact not included was the Notice of Violation issued by the Department
of Environment and Conservation to the city of Knoxville for having a bulldozer
in a tributary, for inadequate sediment control, and for premature placement
of rock fill, despite the development saying "trust us to do the right thing."
Also interesting is Kerry Sprouse's statement, "It's up to the public to
visit these places and support them." What if people have the courage to
say enough is enough?
I urge everyone who is concerned about overdevelopment, loss of green space,
and the way decisions are being made to boycott the Turkey Creek development.
Projects like this are not sustainable and when we finally realize our loss,
it may be too late.
A great job at presenting some more of the issues involved in the Turkey
Creek development in your Nov. 13-20 issue. Too bad these issues and more
were not reported and debated in previous months and years. Of course, you
haven't been around that long, but maybe that is why you are here and growing.
Professor Neel brings up the current national debate as to the role of
government. He is concerned about us (the government) superimposing government
(our) decisions on the workings of the marketplace (Mr. Sprouse, Circuit
City, Commercial Developers Inc., etc.) I think a case can be made that the
pendulum has swung more toward the marketplace making decisions for us. When
we see the consolidation of all industries and services in our economy, maybe
the marketplace can also give us micro-monopolies. I suggest you ride a garbage
truck before you make a judgment on the quality of our economy. If you think
we know something about service, stand in a long line at a grocery store,
try to ask someone (if you can find someone) at a store about the product
you want to buy, try to get somewhere in Knoxville without a car, or call
a company and try to get a human to talk to you.
My caveat is that we do not have anything to fear from government or the
marketplace if we have a mayor and City Council that shows leadership to
engage these issues rather than suffocate them. If we use vision instead
of power politics, we have nothing to fear. If it is our blueprint or plan,
we have nothing to fear.
Please keep the debate going on all these issuesKnoxville so desperately
needs and deserves it.
Signs of Life
Just in case anyone here in seemingly conservative Knoxville missed it on
the daily commute, there is a very large billboard on I-40 westbound near
the junction with I-640 that displays a school of sperm sprayed decoratively
around the question, "Do you know who the father is?" After erupting in gales
of laughter and nearly rear-ending a pickup truck, I wondered if this might
be construed as a potential hazard to public health?