Knoxville is a gem of a town in beautiful East Tennessee. Knoxville has an incredibly interesting and diverse history. Unfortunately, a lack of vision by local politicians, poor metropolitan planning, a strong good ol’ boy network, short-sighted planning, no urban development strategy and other factors leave Knoxville unable to keep businesses for any length of time. Restaurants close almost as quickly as they open. Large chain businesses that succeed in lessor cities fail in Knoxville. Farms with rusting construction equipment lay in waste from development projects started and never finished.

World War II brought prosperity to Knoxville in the names of Alcoa and Oak Ridge. Now Alcoa is shutting down smelters and Oak Ridge is tearing down buildings. Knoxville suffers and inches closer to becoming a ghost town.

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