WRS Inc., its local partners and city officials will brief residents on plans to convert the 435,667-square-foot property into a mixed-use development on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 2:30 p.m. The briefing will be held at the Pellissippi State Community College Magnolia Avenue campus.

Knoxville Standard Knitting Mill site to be turned into mixed-use development

barker's picture

Compass readers knew about

Compass readers knew about the sale last Wednesday. Just sayin'.

bizgrrl's picture

Sheesh. Does timing matter?

Sheesh. Does timing matter? It will be a week before formally announced, month or years before anything happens.

And, don't have to pay for the news.

barker's picture

To clear up any confusion I

To clear up any confusion I might have caused, my comment was directed at the story linked to in the initial post, not at KnoxViews. Sorry if I came across as being snarky toward KnoxViews. KnoxViews clearly fills a different niche than Compass, and we in no way look at us as being in competition.

Timing matters to some more than others, and that's OK. We think our readers like to be informed as early as possible about possible developments -- real estate, political, legislative, etc. -- that could affect their lives. Not everyone cares, but the people we are trying to reach are those who are engaged and invested in the civic life of Knoxville and Knox County.

Our readers also want context and analysis. Our report on last night's City Council meeting, for example, included not only the opposition to Jim Clayton's science museum project but also where the opposition comes from -- the City Council Movement, which has gotten one of its candidates elected to Council in each of the past two cycles. We were the only outlet to report that Councilwoman-elect Amelia Parker sent an email to Council urging them to delay the vote. Chronicling the rise of a grassroots, progressive activist organization is important.

Journalism has always been highly competitive, and part of that is being first with a major story. Sometimes you're first with a story and sometimes you get scooped, but every journalist at a daily publication should want to be first.

Of course, accuracy is also vital. One Council action we didn't report on was giving an honorary name to the section of Market Street between Union and Clinch avenues. Another outlet did, but got the facts wrong. The outlet said Council renamed a portion of Market Square, but Market Street is not part of the square. And it reported the new name is Suffrage Square. That was the name proposed on the agenda, but the resolution was amended during the meeting to make the new honorary name Woman's Suffrage Centennial Plaza.

As for paying for the news, we have always looked at Compass as a niche publication for people who are keenly interested in local politics, government, education and business. That's not everybody's cup of tea, but lots of people are willing to pay for it. Charging for content puts a burden on us — which we are happy to bear — to give the readers more than they get elsewhere about the topics we cover.

Sorry this is so long, but I hope it helps explain my perspective.

Treehouse's picture

Well ok then

Thank you.

Treehouse's picture

Be nice

No competition among my favorite pages please.

bizgrrl's picture

Many thanks to WATE, WBIR,

Many thanks to WATE, WBIR, and WVLT for their reporting. Thanks to Compass as well.

bizgrrl's picture

Oh, and thanks to Knox TN

Oh, and thanks to Knox TN Today.

Up Goose Creek's picture

Scoops

My goodness, we are quibbling about reporting and not discussing the project itself?

In the words of Joe Biden, this is a BFD. I'm guessing the poster here who was so upset about the condition of the mill is doing a happy dance today.

It underscores the importance of the city acting as a "matchmaker" between the owner and developer. Using incentives rather than penalties perhaps?

Up Goose Creek's picture

Market square

Are you saying there is a proposal to change the name of Market Square?

Woman's Suffrage Centennial Plaza is quite a mouthful.

barker's picture

NO, NO, NO. Nobody's changing

NO, NO, NO. Nobody's changing the name of Market Square.

The section of Market Street between Union and Clinch avenues (Krutch Park to the east, Home Federal Bank and Urban Outfitters to the west), which is not part of Market Square, has been given the honorary name of Woman's Suffrage Centennial Plaza. This is not changing the legal name of anything. Street addresses will remain the same.

Up Goose Creek's picture

suffrage

Thanks

When trying to visualize this I wondered if it was the block behind the history museum with the statue of the mother/son who cast the deciding vote. Seems that could be included or substituted as the honorary plaza.

barker's picture

I think the idea is that the

I think the idea is that the two suffrage statues basically serve as bookends to the plaza.

Bill Lyons's picture

This is a challenging site. The City has been heavily involved

Indeed. The City has played and will continue to play a major role in bringing this project to fruition. This is a very difficult, challenging site but a critical site for the neighborhood and beyond.

My goodness, we are quibbling about reporting and not discussing the project itself?

In the words of Joe Biden, this is a BFD. I'm guessing the poster here who was so upset about the condition of the mill is doing a happy dance today.

It underscores the importance of the city acting as a "matchmaker" between the owner and developer. Using

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