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I am totally on board with the idea of inner-linking downtown Knoxville. This is certainly a topic that should have already been generating discussion if not soon. Much of Knoxville's history is connected to being a transportation hub be it the railroads, the old Dixie Highway or the interstate. But the developments of the past 50 years or so has created this mishmash of disconnected pieces.
I am of the opinion that the vehicle traffic along Gay Street and Cumberland Avenue hinders what could be a more vibrant social scene. Basically I would like to see this become more of a pedestrian environment. Perhaps parking garages could be built just east and west of the UT/Downtown area. In an ideal world, I would divert the traffic away from these areas by creating a thoroughfare that would run from Philip Fulmer Way up to Cumberland, then over to Main Street/Gay Street corner. Then it would move northwards to Depot Avenue where a hub of sorts could be established. Or perhaps some configuration utilizing the railroad tracks off Neyland Drive and I can't help to notice the tracks that run from just east of the Vol Navy boat docks up to Oak Avenue that could further connect to the waterfront.
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