Monday, June 28, 2010

Knoxville, TN- Nice!

Founded in 1786, Knoxville is the third-largest city in the U.S. state of Tennessee, behind Memphis and Nashville, and is the county seat of Knox County. It is also the largest city in East Tennessee. As of the 2000 United States Census, Knoxville had a total population of 173,890;] the July 2007 estimated population was 183,546. Knoxville is the principal city of the Knoxville Metropolitan Statistical Area with a metro population of 655,400, which is in turn the central component of the Knoxville-Sevierville-La Follette Combined Statistical Area with 1,029,155 residents.  To read more, go to:,_TN

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Knoxville surprised me.  It has interesting buildings and parks.  The leftovers from the 1982 World’s Fair include a grand plaza, an art museum, several fountains and a man-made river that is a nice addition to downtown.  The iconic tower from the Fair remains, but is not grand or particularly creative.  Downtown Knoxville has an old town area that has become a pedestrian walkway an in lined with restaurants for al fresco dining.   It works better than many downtown pedestrian-oriented malls.  The main street of downtown has many old buildings that also have become restaurants, and some have become loft apartments/condos.  The Tennessee Theater is nicely restored and maintained, although the street facing box office is nonfunctional and houses chotskies.  There is an interesting general store with –you guessed it- general merchandise.   I bet there is great turnover in the restaurants, since there are so many and the population base is fairly small.  I really like how the city has preserved its old storefronts and major portions of classic building interiors.  There is, however, one of the ugliest Marriott hotels I have ever seen.  I bet when it was built it was considered really avant garde, but that can only last so long!

All in all, Knoxville is a nice city.

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