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The reason Knoxville will never be on the level of Asheville is because we see 'underdeveloped' land and immediately assume it needs something. The motive behind the financial backing of these projects is to gentrify south Knoxville to attract business. This is not secret, it's part of Legacy's goals. I understand the need to tell a complete history Mr. Neely, but why did you not include any differing viewpoints. I could get all this information from a Legacy Brochure. Old state reports at the Library concerning the French Broad Watershed state the need to protect soil from erosion and to monitor wildlife habitat. This does not fit into the Legacy Parks recreation vision. I have seen existing trails cut over again with the excavator just to allow ease of mtn. biking. This is both not necessary and destructive. Knoxville severely lacks environmentalism. The type and quality of work from the mtn. bikers runs counter to protecting the areas, as Carol Evans delusionally believes. To alter the land again - because most of the areas were former human-centric areas - to suit our shortsided needs under the belief of conservation is ridiculous. But, you would have to actually see the areas for yourself I suppose.
Josh Bremsethapparently against 'conservation' and what's best for the city.
Bro, Im totally agreeing with you. Clearly you are an expert in this matter, and you're right no-one can stop these sort of actions. I take solace in knowing that projects are pushed through by people that obvious take the time to do real solid research such a professional like yourself Mr. Ezduzit. You're right get out of the way different people, NO, get OUT of town hell ya, and let us in and have FUN. I think you're right too as you say in the last sentence, probably low income people anyway. Wink wink. I hear ya bro.
Josh Bremsethleaving all meetings and decisions to others.
Alot of hard work has gone into those trails Holly. Its true that we had to weigh the interests of the environment and perhaps other non-biking types against the interest of our minority with city funding. But, I would counter by saying that in the end that land was abandoned, and lets face it worthless, until we came in there with our machinery to cut and level trails so that we could recreate in our free-time. Furthermore, we feel that this option is the healthiest in the long term. After all, that land has been abused for a long time by humans and it is not healthy, hence, not really worth the time to even think about any other option but pure fun. We've basically summarized this whole view point in the logo for our project. We have a leaf with tire prints on it, now FINALLY nature and everybody else can take a back seat for ONCE and let us have a little fun. I mean for real, this city is like a nature preserve as it is; this one area wont hurt. Now, if we could just get the remaining animals off of the land - to prevent any mishaps for our bikes - and perhaps disturb enough soil to allow invasive (easy to chop) species in there it'll be perfect.
Josh BremsethPresident of The Mtn Bikers of God Bless America