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  1. The VW plant hired its 1000 employee last week. It is officially half way to its projected 2000 employees. Anonymous sources also state that VW is seriously looking at producing a second vehicle there. If a second line is started production employee and facility size would double. A midsize hybrid or Audi vehicle are likely candidates for additional production.

    No word on the future engine plant location.

    I figured it was time to create a Chattanooga VW thread instead of posting everything in "Could VW be in Chattanooga's future"

  2. Church on Broadway. Knoxville has a myriad of unique historic churches. Not sure what this one is or is called.


    Sorry everyone bad picture, but I had to post it. I love this building. I saw some construction/restoration started on it again. It is called M??? Villa right off Broadway. Dang I forgot the name! It is like town houses or stoops you see in New York, Chicago, or similar large city. Too bad it is near the salvation army.


    A closer shot of the M??? Villa. The electric pole is covering the sign. The original sign (cornerstone perhaps?) with date and such. I will update later when I find out what it is called and year originally built.


    Another great building. I wish I had the money to restore it!! Not sure for what it was built. It is located on Broadway where there is a bridge over the railroad gulch.


    Another nice restoration. I am not sure what this building was or what it is becoming. On Broadway and W Jackson.


    Closer picture of renovation of building on Broadway and Jackson.


    I do like Knoxville's old neighborhoods and the Old City. Unfortunately, my inlaws live on the far West end of Farragut and we never have enough time when visiting the family to see the "good" parts of Knoxville.

  3. I forgot to ask flith. Is the new UTC SimCenter building going up in Chatt yet? I think it was supposed to go near where the old steel yard is? Great idea, will be a huge boom to Chattanooga!

    I haven't seen or heard anything new on this one. I also haven't been in town in about a year.

  4. Good shots Hank. I really wish Nashville had more public art. What we do have seems to more trash than art. Sometimes the arts groups a little strange here. You know what I am saying after seeing some of it. I need to do a photo shoot of all the ugly statues we have here. Have you seen the dwarf fireman at the Symphony center? That thing is a joke.
  5. Been down this road before...Had 485 not been built would there be so much angst about funding. Had Raleigh not started 540 would there be more money for lights. If 295 in Fayetteville not been proposed would 77 be a continuous 6-8 lanes. IF Greensboro didn't have the interstate web rivaling the Metroplex would there be a an actual alternative to Raleigh or even Wlmington. IMO a lot of this is not pork but poor planning by the DOT and the powers that be who have fell in love with loops and beltways. I know a lot of UPers don't like beltways because the do what...promote what most of us see as further suburbanizing NC. I have looked at a state map of VA and there are just as many 4-lane controlled access roads as NC. I have no problem with trying to make every region of NC viable for commerce. Connectivity is one factor when any industry looks to for relocation or startup. Every(honest) working person in the state pays taxes so the its who is at the top has to bare that burden of where the money goes...if not then everybody feels like they are being robbed.

    I thought NC has a separate dedicated fund for loop construction. I'm not sure how it works though, in relation to NCDOT budget and other projects.

  6. Simply - if local officials have better, detailed ideas, that they shouldn't let the DOT shove something down their throat. If local officials demand a 6-lane instead of 8, they have the responsibility to see to it that it happens, and they also have the responsibility to manage growth in that part of Asheville, so the road doesn't get overwhelmed, forcing the DOT into some expensive rebuild project in 5 or 10 years. If the DOT has a record of underplanning urban roads (look at every other metro in the state), Asheville officials should recognize that immediately and see to it that nothing gets overlooked, and if they think they'll need HOV lanes (as an example) mention it now, or do without. Likewise, they also need to set policies and stick to them with future development potential. That land west of the river is some of the more potentially developable land in that area, so if it's going to happen, it should be done wisely, with the road's capacity and design well considered.

    I don't know how it all works in NC (as far as interstate projects), but Chattanooga was able to stop TDOT in the mid - late 1990's from widening I-124/US 27. The city and several businesses didn't like the plans that had been selected for the project. The interstate itself was going to be 8 lanes, with a collector feeder system for all 3 downtown exits. The ramps for the MLK exit were going to come within 4 ft of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee's 3 floor. After several meetings TDOT agreed to halt the process and allow the city to higher a consultant at it's expense to find alternatives. The city and consultant decided on an 6 or 8 lane surface boulevard with traffic lights (the interstate would no longer be elevated). TDOT didn't like that, and said they wouldn't do it. So TDOT went back to the drawing board. In the mean time Phase II started in place of Phase I. TDOT has now come back with a proposal for divided concept: 4 lanes through downtown for through traffic divided from 4 local lanes. Everyone seems to be happy with this, and once Phase III (north of the river to Signal Mountain exit) is complete Phase I will start.

    On a side note Chattanooga was able to get TDOT to abandon a state route (TN Route 317?) along the riverfront downtown. The state removed the route signs and it is just a local road now; that Chattanooga has narrowed, removed the barriers dividing it, added intersections and traffic lights to it. The purpose was to reconnect the city to the Riverfront, and the Bluff View Art District.

    As far as Asheville is concerned though it seems they (city and business community) are for the project, while Chattanooga fought theirs from the start, with the backing of the business community and residents.

  7. I don't think I've seen any Riverfront pics of Chattanooga in this forum, so here are a few.

    TN Aquarium: Freshwater building is on the right, saltwater addition is in the middle, and the Market Street Bridge is on the left.


    Trail of Tears Passage, part of the 21st Century riverfront project.


    Museum Bluff Condos under construction


    Central Business District, as seen from Children's Discovery Museum Observation Point


  8. I think the Murfressboro line of a possible rail system should be more than just commuter rail at it's inception. There is alot of potential for constant activity with both the population that Murfressboro boasts and the fact that it has the largest University in the state there.

    When did MTSU officially overtake UTK in size? I remember back when I was in college at UTC reading an article that projected it happening a few years after 2000.

  9. Lookout Mountain at its highest point, is about 2,400'. Of course it is part of the Cumberland Plateau which forms a broad, 2000' high boundary between Middle and East Tennessee.

    The Tennessee river is about 600' above sea level and cuts through the plateau just west of Chattanooga making one of the most magnificent canyons in America. You have a broad river such as the Tennessee meandering between canyon walls up to 1400' higher.

    Its not very accessible although there is an overlook on the road up to signal mountain. The best way to see it, I'm told, is by boat.

    You can drive or boat through it. River Canyon Rd/ Mullens Cove Rd. connect to Suck Creek Road and go through the entire canyon, into Marion County

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