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Old 07-09-2015, 01:59 PM
 
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Which city --and why-- do you find more vibrant and livable? Which is more appealing to the outdoors-lover? Which is friendlier to incomers?
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Old 07-09-2015, 08:14 PM
 
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OP, I think they are both vibrant and have lots of outdoor activities. The best advice I can give is to visit both and see which one resonates with you.

Knoxville is famous for mountain biking, though you'll find that in Chatt as well. - Chatt has hang gliding. Both have good whitewater options. Knoxville has taller mountains but they are a bit farther away. Chattanooga has a tourist focus, Knoxville has a university focus, but neither are completely defined by these things.
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Old 07-10-2015, 06:50 AM
 
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Thanks, Creeksitter, for your observations...both cities look very appealing...

I like to walk/hike, ride my bike (more Rails-to-Trails rather than mountain biking) and love arts, music, paddling canoes and kayaks, libraries and bookstores, locally-grown fruits and veggies, volunteering...gonna be hard to decide.

Of course, just might stay where currently planted -- I sure hate to move...where did all the "stuff" come from??
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Old 07-10-2015, 07:12 AM
 
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Are you going to be looking for work?
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Old 07-10-2015, 09:02 AM
 
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...self-employed...
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Old 07-10-2015, 09:42 AM
 
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I think the Knoxville metro area is more vibrant than the Chattanooga metro area. But I think Chattanooga's core is more vibrant than Knoxville's core--except on Saturdays when U.T. has a home football game, of course. Other than U.T. sports, Knoxville's core doesn't have anything that Chattanooga's core doesn't have, but Chattanooga's core has things that Knoxville's core doesn't have: an aquarium, minor league baseball, Whole Foods, a fantastic children's museum, an IMAX theater. Knoxville is just starting to have a vibrant urban core, whereas Chattanooga has had one for years.

Biking in Chattanooga is fun, and the city is doing what it can to encourage it.

Bike Chattanooga Bicycle Transit System

Chattanooga is also in the process of planning a light rail network across the city.

http://www.chattanoogan.com/2014/7/2...-Plan-For.aspx

I also disagree that Chattanooga is more tourist-focused than Knoxville. The core, yes. But the Knoxville area includes the tourist trap gauntlet nightmare of Sevierville-Pigeon Forge-Gatlinburg which is a bajillion times more touristy than anything in the Chattanooga area.

The picture in this article offers what I consider the best view of downtown Chattanooga.

June investment tops $1 billion in the 16-county Chattanooga region last month | Business - Around the Region | Times Free Press
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Old 07-10-2015, 11:41 AM
 
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Chattanooga is an upcoming, rapidly growing community that is being recognized internationally for its progressive vision. It's attracting artists and tech developers. Knoxville is a very nice town with a revitalizing urban core, much like many communities around the nation. Its redevelopment is supported by a growing residential base and continued support from the university's significant population base.

You pick which one fits.
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Old 07-10-2015, 01:12 PM
 
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Does Chattanooga have the equivalent of Knoxville's Downtown farmer's market? That draws a lot of people downtown. Also first Friday art walks.

Knoxville has a lot of greenways. That might be the closest equivalent to rails-to-trails. They are paved, though.
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Old 07-10-2015, 05:59 PM
 
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Does Chattanooga have the equivalent of Knoxville's Downtown farmer's market? That draws a lot of people downtown. Also first Friday art walks.
Absolutely. And during the summer it's three days a week: Wednesdays and Sundays in the First Tennessee Pavilion downtown (a large building similar to what Knoxville used to have in Market Square) and Saturdays along the riverfront at the Tennessee Aquarium Plaza. Chattanooga Market also includes live music and entertainment.

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If the OP uses the Internet for work, s/he might be interested to know that Chattanooga (unlike Knoxville) installed fiber optic cables throughout the city and has Internet speeds as high as one gigabit per second, unsurpassed anywhere in the western hemisphere and 200 times faster than the current national average.

Chattanooga Gig: Your Gig is Here.
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Old 07-12-2015, 06:55 PM
 
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I think the Knoxville metro area is more vibrant than the Chattanooga metro area. But I think Chattanooga's core is more vibrant than Knoxville's core--except on Saturdays when U.T. has a home football game, of course. Other than U.T. sports, Knoxville's core doesn't have anything that Chattanooga's core doesn't have, but Chattanooga's core has things that Knoxville's core doesn't have: an aquarium, minor league baseball, Whole Foods, a fantastic children's museum, an IMAX theater. Knoxville is just starting to have a vibrant urban core, whereas Chattanooga has had one for years.

Biking in Chattanooga is fun, and the city is doing what it can to encourage it.

Bike Chattanooga Bicycle Transit System

Chattanooga is also in the process of planning a light rail network across the city.

Harr Outlines $40 Million Plan For Chattanooga Light Rail System - Chattanoogan.com

I also disagree that Chattanooga is more tourist-focused than Knoxville. The core, yes. But the Knoxville area includes the tourist trap gauntlet nightmare of Sevierville-Pigeon Forge-Gatlinburg which is a bajillion times more touristy than anything in the Chattanooga area.

The picture in this article offers what I consider the best view of downtown Chattanooga.

June investment tops $1 billion in the 16-county Chattanooga region last month | Business - Around the Region | Times Free Press
^You beat me to it. Knoxville's metro is better and more vibrant, while Chattanooga has the better downtown. Knoxville is playing catch up on residential and retail downtown. Chattanooga keeps making news with jobs announcements from Volkswagen. Both cities could use the jobs boost, however.
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