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Interesting article. The Visit Knoxville website, which should be our city's main presentation to the world, is a disgrace. It's always out of date -- today it features information on Valentine's Day (isn't that still in February?) and a video of a triathlon in 2011. When is the city going to fire everyone at our tourism agency?
Good column. Maybe after Henley bridge reopens Gay Street will be re-striped to just two motor vehicle lanes and bike lanes.
"Sitting" phase? I like it. Maybe that description will catch on for projects that are just lounging around.
"Get off my lawn!" -- Crotchety Old Fart battle cry.
The KTSC staff seems incompetent to me. For example, go to their knoxville.org website. On the front page you'll still see headlines promoting St Patrick's Day and the Dogwood Arts Festival. Click through to the calendar of events, find an event like the Knoxville Brewfest and click on "visit website" -- you'll see that the link is broken. In fact the links for almost all the events listed are broken. Today the internet is the most important form of promotion. If the KTSC can't maintain a simple website, what hope is there that they can effectively utilize a multi-million dollar budget? None.
The proposed parking garage caters to office tower property uses. Ironically, that category of real estate is in decline across the nation and there are empty office towers in every city. This project is 40 years behind the times.
The hybrid plan is needlessly complicated and would be a headache for retirement planning for the employees. A pure defined contribution plan is the most flexible and therefore the best for employees (and taxpayers). Simplify, simplify, simplify.
Amen. The aggressive beggars are holding back further progress downtown.
"Anita Cash"? Are you serious? Does she work with "Ima Gonnatakeyomoney"?
It's mindblowing that employee benefit changes require a public vote. What a completely messed up system.
The CBID would do well to switch its priority to attracting more residents downtown. 2,000 people is far too few for a viable urban neighborhood. Use the incentives to encourage the development of more apartments, townhouses and even a retirement community downtown.
iPads aren't really useful in education because it's hard to type on a tablet computer. Inexpensive "netbook" notebook computers would be a far cheaper and more useful choice.
In the photo, the mill looks like it's in the middle of nowhere. But it's actually right next to Caswell Park, a fancy playground, and the municipal baseball stadium. The YMCA is nearby. In other words it's a fine location for residential development. Unlike the faux "lofts" downtown, the mill is a genuine industrial loft building. If it were downtown or in the Old City it would be worth millions, but even where it is I'm surprised nobody has snatched it up for a conversion to apartments or studio space or something.
Good article. An additional concern: the Smoky Mountains are the attraction that draws most visitors to the region, but do a Google search for "Smoky Mountains" and you won't find a single website that promotes the entire region (both NC and TN). Parochial thinking like that damages the region as a vacation destination.