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Downtown Urban Design Forum Set for Thursday

Downtown development, and the design of such, is a hot topic these days, what with Marble Alley and the old Supreme Court site and the old Baptist Hospital project and maybe a new hotel in the Farragut, plus whatever's coming down the line for the McClung parcels. The city hosted a "Downtown Summit" back in November, but to the disappointment of some, the event seemed to focus on how far we've come, not where we're going next.

But just because the city didn't want to discuss it (at the time, at least), that doesn't mean no one does. So Thursday a group of architects, designers, planners, and developers -- plus some other folks -- are hosting a roundtable discussion on "Developing Knoxville's Future." Set for Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Standard on W. Jackson Ave., the open-ended meeting is sponsored by developers David Dewhirst, Mark Heinz, Buzz Goss, and Jeffery Nash, along with the Morris Creative Group, and will be moderated by UT architecture professor Mark Schimmenti.

Will the meeting be dry or full of fireworks? Wonky or entertaining? We honestly have no idea. But if you're interested in how downtown Knoxville will look visually 10 years from now, and 10 years from that, it's probably worth your while stopping by. And if you can't make it, check back here Friday, as either Jack Neely or I will have written up some thoughts about it.

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