No matter how much they spread out, Knoxville is still just a small town. Beyond the University activities, there is very little to attract visitors. Yes, we have some nice restaurants and interesting shops. There’s a zoo and the usual bowling alleys, skate rinks and movie theaters but there just isn’t enough to warrant a vacation here. Businesses crash and burn here quicker than I have ever seen. Knoxville is surrounded by natural beauty and THAT is worth visiting. Knoxville doesn’t need a taxpayer funded hotel. If someone wants to spend their own money investing in a hotel, then more power to them. Don’t ask the over-educated, under-employed Knoxvillians to pay for a hotel that is supposed to attract visitors. Knoxvillians don’t utilize the exisiting library system so they certainly don’t need a large new library to ignore and avoid. Stop thinking you are a big city Knoxville. Accept that you are a small town.