Thinking Big in Knoxville

It's the Knoxvilles of America that are as crucial to determining the design of the nation's urban form as are the Chicagos and New Yorks and Seattles. And this city, the home to the University of Tennessee, the center of a five-country metropolitan region of 670,000 people, and growing 13 percent a decade, has some very ambitious, even outsize plans. It wants to transform the "south waterfront" along the river into a new district of homes, businesses, parks, walkways, and a new UT satellite campus connected to the main campus across a handsome foot bridge.

—Keith Schneider,, April 10, 2007