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Old 06-05-2021, 12:12 PM
 
Location: 2 blocks from bay in L.I, NY
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That bought back memories.. , I was in total shock driving through Gatlinburg after the beauty of the Smokey mountains it was a very surreal experience to say the least.
Yes, it's tacky but that's the appeal of it. I think it's intentional. It represents the taste that appealed to generations of past locals: simple mountain folks/hillbillies who love banjo and folk music, fans of classic Country Western music (now known as Country music).

Heck, even country music is now upscale and its current generation of musical artists have gone the way of Hollywood. Gatlinburg and the other towns in the immediate area haven't. They are still a relic of the decorating taste of its past. If Gatlinburg follows the path of current Country music and decides to upgrade then the current "tackiness" would be replaced by retailers/grocers such as Tiffany's, Coach, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Whole Foods, vegan bakeries, and for casual wear - Abercrombie & Fitch, Banana Republic, J. Crew, etc. I love the area the way it is and hope it doesn't change. it's so unique.

P.S - Niagara Falls, NY is way worse on the scale of "tackiness" and doesn't have the charm of Gatlinburg.
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Old 06-05-2021, 12:13 PM
 
Location: 2 blocks from bay in L.I, NY
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Columbus, GA was not bad at all. It's been years since I visited and nothing comes to mind at the moment of being spectacular about it but it was nice.
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