Historic Market Square - Knoxville, TN
Renovated in 2003
Market Square, situated in the heart of Knoxville, Tennessee, had become a poster child for projects with boundless talk and no action. Once the center of commerce in downtown Knoxville, the square's hustle and bustle had given way to padlocks and pigeons. The plan went from concept to unanimous approval - including funding - in just five months. Mayor Victor Ashe called it "one of the most promising and exciting proposals that has come before the city," and a city council member said she felt like she was "witnessing a miracle" to see a plan that had both style and substance.
Kinsey Probasco Hays was designated as the coordinating developer for this five-block project, which is being regarded as the catalyst for the reclamation of the entire downtown Knoxville.