Georgetown, DC: My hometown of Knoxville TN is trying to redevelop its riverfront, but I’m not convinced that their efforts will appreciably change the mix - considering it’s still a very conservative bible-belt kinda town, despite having a large land-grant university in place. Any thoughts on how to attract the creative class that can diversify the community? A world’s fair didn’t work.
Steven W. Pedigo: Hello Rocky Top. Tough loss this weekend. It takes more than basic amenities and a one-time event to attract the creative class. Keeping the creative class at home requires an atmosphere that embodies the values that are important to the creative class: tolerance, innovation, diversity.
—washingtonpost.com, Sept. 18, 2006