Letter: Let’s Call It East Towne!

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602 S. Gay Street
2nd Floor
Knoxville, TN 37902

Drop the nonsensical “Knoxville Center” moniker and get back to basics. East Towne Mall was a thriving location that was allowed to whither on the vine.

Very few people ever admit to wanting to shop in the wretched cesspool of West Knoxville, but there really are few other options these days.

I don’t believe the mall experience is dead. I believe developers (and their elected co-conspirators/representatives) have merely discovered another opportunity to siphon off taxpayer dollars to fund further urban sprawl (Turkey Creek, Mountain Grove, Sam Walton Way at 441, et al) and this expansionism is only going to end up creating more big-box vacancies in the long-term.

I believe we need to a total reversal of our current taxation policy. Developments contributing to urban sprawl should face higher taxation to discourage such destructive endeavors while existing urban economic zones should be rewarded with lower tax burdens for maintaining/upgrading developed areas.

David Allan Howard

Knoxville

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Comments » 1

Eric writes:

I tend to shop East Towne more than I do West Town. The only reason I tend to go to West Town is because the wife may want to go to New York In Company or Dillard. I think East Town is a under utilized facility. Dillard sits empty. The malls here are managed by Simon. Why isn't Simon do anything to increase business at East Town too? I live over that way and get tired of going West all the time. Sams is growing over at East Town why can't East Town itself expand. Could a Macys go in the spot were Dillards was? We see the advertisements on tv here but to closes one is in Nashville.

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