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    Knoxville Photos!

    It's beautiful. I have been to every state in the South. From Louisiana to Virginia. I truly believe Knoxville is one of the most underrated cities in the South. It's a matter of time before it's in step with Asheville, Greenville, and Chattanooga. I moved from Nashville to attend UT in 2015 and quickly fell in love with the place. It's great to watch a city improve while you're living in it. Renovation is everywhere, and there are new buildings going up alongside the old. If you're a history geek, Knoxville is a great place to check out. This region of the state is home to Tennessee's original European settlements. Walking around downtown Knoxville is like a history tour. This is due in part to the lack of economic activity that stifled Knoxville for so long, but I consider it a little more of a blessing that Knoxville didn't bulldoze its past for cheap low-rise hotels. While I'm on the topic of underrated Southern cities, allow me to nominate Lexington, Huntsville, Jackson (MS), and Roanoke. If you enjoy Southern charm with good nightlife, clean parks, nearby wilderness and relatively low crime, check out these cities. They're nowhere near as vibrant as Charleston or Asheville, but I promise you that if you like cities like Knoxville, they are worth visiting.
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    Can't imagine. A tiny country with a population larger than all of Russia! I would like to witness something like that someday. Also, I'm a little envious of how well traveled you are! I'm only 21, but I hope to see as much of the world as you have when I'm getting up in years. Maybe I won't have kids until I'm 35 and just travel whenever I can
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    A friend of mine is a big time train enthusiast. He's mentioned before, "We [the U.S.] had the best commuter rail network in the world until we decided we'd rather drive."
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    Project Thread/New Construction/Photo du jour/Const. CAMs Looks like 4 stories
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    Soccer in Nashville

    I have, 4 years ago passing through on the way back home from Denver. It's a really nice city-clean, good-looking skyline- and I confess it may not be fair for a 17 year old who stayed a night there to evaluate it, but it was a Saturday night and the place was dead downtown. There was nothing going on at all! Compared with Nashville, which is bustling with activity every day of the week, KC seemed kind of sleepy. To say KC is more impressive than Nashville in many ways is going out on a limb. But I do agree with you on the other points. It has more historical significance in American professional sports, is central in location, and like you said, its MLS team has a good track record.
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    Soccer in Nashville

    Barely. In terms of metro population, only 200,000 more residents. True.
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    Knoxville Photos!

    Not my content
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    University of Tennessee Construction

    I knew a few classmates in high school whose main reason for dodging UT was the unattractive and pedestrian-unfriendly campus. This is rapidly changing, and I hope we can draw in more talent.
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    Basically a theme park hahaha
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    The Transportation and Mass Transit Megathread

    You have a point. You only find them at airports and theme parks. But, they are pretty cool...
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    IKEA to Nashville

    At the high school lunch table that is Tennessee, Memphis and Nashville are those two popular kids who sit together and tolerate each other, but at the end of the year they snap and every other town in the cafeteria chants, "Fight, fight, fight!" while Chattanooga and Knoxville pull out their phones and film it.
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    IKEA to Nashville

    They do have issues with jealousy on that end of the state. I noticed that as soon as I began mixing with other UT undergraduate students from the Memphis area high schools. I've said before how I'd like Memphis to succeed, but I agree with several of you that Memphians can rub you the wrong way. Along with the great history, culture, and music in that city comes a distinct attitude that Memphians triumph. For instance, look no further than the "Memphis as F***" paraphernalia. Not that there's anything wrong with their pride, but it's certainly different from the Nashville happy-go-lucky hospitality. They're also eager to jump your case if you mention Nashville's culinary scene. If I had a nickel for every time a Memphian stuck it to me how much better food is in their city compared with Nashville, I could pay for a nice barbecue platter at Rendezvous