Jan. 10, 1975


In the 74th issue of the 10th volume, printed Jan. 10, 1975, The Daily Beacon reported that a zone change to adjust Cumberland Avenue was denied. The article reads that a workshop of the Metropolitan Planning Council decided a reconstruction of "The Strip" and the area surrounding it was needed.

The proposal came to light after Cumberland Avenue merchants were to reevaluate rezoning petitions that allowed them to keep their business even without a parking area for customers. The petition was denied, but sparked the council's interest in redeveloping the Cumberland area.

The article did not report what specifically the council plans to consider in the redevelopment of the highly popular area, but George Barnes, MPC chairman at the time, noted that UT students are encouraged to take part in studies in the use and possible reconstruction of Cumberland Avenue.

This echoes the present sentiment in the plans to reconstruct Cumberland Avenue. Recently plans have been released to adjust the roads to one lane each way, improve pedestrian walking areas and add greenery with a median. Students have also been asked to submit thoughts and designs on the future of Cumberland Avenue.

Another article on the front page was headlined "More commuter parking permits available." The article, written by Daily Beacon writer Rick Pullen, reported that UT Traffic and Parking Authority decided to resume issuing commuter parking passes after the TPA examined a better way to utilize parking lot space. The issuing of commuter passes was halted in result of surpassing the then limit of 900 passes. A plan evaluating a better use of the then commuter parking lot behind the Carousel Theatre was approved, and was to be redesigned to allow more cars to be able to park there. The TPA also considered the new nursing building which was scheduled to be built later that spring and summer, which would reduce available parking spots by 130 spaces.

The article also reports that the TPA changed their policy on when students can appeal for traffic/parking citations; the office only took appeals three days a week, and was switching to being available for students five days a week. The article also discussed the possibility of designating two buses to commuters in the west Knoxville and Fountain City area. Today, commuter students still struggle with parking on campus; oftentimes students complain about paying for a commuter pass, priced at $182 for both fall and spring semester, and not being able to find parking on campus. Campus parking will decrease yet again with the recent decision to eliminate the majority of currently available street parking spots on Volunteer Boulevard.

This Beacon Flashback was compiled by Managing Editor Melodi Erdogan.