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Old 02-01-2014, 01:41 AM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Knoxville is bigger in every aspect. More grocery stores, schools, bigger malls, more stuff downtown, UT, and the Smoky Mountains a few miles away. However, Lexington is more charming, sophisticated and more old south in feel (the city's character and appeal are undeniable, great effort was taken to give it a sense of place). Knoxville feels newer and less preserved than Lexington (you don't see horse farms or huge swaths of undeveloped land in the middle of the city). However, Lexington is close to Louisville and Cincinnati while Knoxville is sort of isolated. Both are growing, Lexington more so, especially in retail and housing. Both have great economies and large universities. Each city would be great to live in, just depends on what you are looking for specifically.
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Old 02-02-2014, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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Lexington is a much nicer city than Knoxville due to much stricter zoning, not to mention the horse farms outside of Lexington. Knoxville has nothing unique about it. The only good thing about it is proximity to the Smoky Mountains.
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Old 02-02-2014, 11:04 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Lexington is a much nicer city than Knoxville due to much stricter zoning, not to mention the horse farms outside of Lexington. Knoxville has nothing unique about it. The only good thing about it is proximity to the Smoky Mountains.
I agree, Lexington is a nicer and cleaner city. However, Knoxville has several unique attractions such as the Old City, World's Fair, Bijou Theatre, several cable television networks are based here as well. Of course, you have UTK, which is a lively campus and several festivals downtown each year. There is also the Tennessee River and nearby Gatlinburg for outstanding outdoor activities. Lexington's zoning has held it back, somewhat, in terms of growth and economic development, especially its outdated road network. The benefit, however, of not having massive interstates inside the city (especially downtown) is that the city can preserve vital historic neighborhoods and small businesses. However, the downside of not having interstate access, particularly downtown, is that visitors or passerby's will not even know what's there. Larger corporations and businesses want easy access and a great airport, without that infrastructure, cities rely on sales tax, property tax, tourism to make ends meet.
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Old 02-04-2014, 08:09 PM
 
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Lexington has gangs, shootings, robberies, MURDER, arson, YOU NAME IT. Crime is rampant!
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Old 02-04-2014, 10:31 PM
 
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Lexington has gangs, shootings, robberies, MURDER, arson, YOU NAME IT. Crime is rampant!

Yeah, right. You make it sound as if Lexington is equivalent to the very worst areas of that famous Rust Belt city a couple of states north of us.

We do have our share of law-breakers here, but the crime rate is not what you describe at all.
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Old 02-05-2014, 07:06 PM
 
Location: The Beautiful Bluegrass!
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Lexington has gangs, shootings, robberies, MURDER, arson, YOU NAME IT. Crime is rampant!
Really? Where the h*ll are you from? Lexington is a beach party compared to where I'm from!!
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Old 02-07-2014, 01:48 AM
 
Location: SoCal Laguna Beach previously Longhorn Nation
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Lexington has gangs, shootings, robberies, MURDER, arson, YOU NAME IT. Crime is rampant!
LOL - Is this some type of Joke?.....Have you ever been to St. Louis, Memphis, Cleveland, Indy or Baltimore? Lexington has a very small fraction of the crime and problems those cities have.
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Old 02-07-2014, 07:23 PM
 
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Lexington has gangs, shootings, robberies, MURDER, arson, YOU NAME IT. Crime is rampant!
As I write this, your post count is 2 so essentially joined city data to make that statement...

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Old 02-08-2014, 12:34 AM
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Lexington has gangs, shootings, robberies, MURDER, arson, YOU NAME IT. Crime is rampant!
Does that imply it has more crime than Knoxville? Comparing Knoxville and Lexington is the whole purpose of this thread. But when I look at the City Data crime numbers for the two, I see 567.6 for 2011 for Knoxville, and oops, for Lexington, there is no mention of any crime at all.

From Homefacts.com, the crime number for Knoxville is 228.94 and for Lexington it's 115.01 which implies Knoxville's crime is close to twice as bad as Lexington.
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Old 02-08-2014, 01:37 AM
 
Location: South Tampa, Florida
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Lexington has gangs, shootings, robberies, MURDER, arson, YOU NAME IT. Crime is rampant!

Jewelaree - I'm happy you learned how to use the internet...now run back down to your bedroom in the basement before your Mom finds out you were on her computer.
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