Build Upward, Not Outward

Knoxville needs to learn how to maximize space—to build upward, not outward. Knoxville needs to utilize old buildings, not continue to ignore them and let them collect continuously like skeletons in downtown and across the city. We need to preserve the remaining forests and learn to stop being so damn self-centered. We are entitled to several things, but we are likewise endowed with a responsibility to preserve and protect the places and creatures that cannot speak for themselves—yet which we enjoy for our own unthinking fulfillment.

—Travis Daniel Wilson, University of Tennessee student and South-Doyle High School graduate