published Monday, June 13th, 2011

Chattanooga chasing Tucson for No. 1 in “Best Town Ever” voting

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    An aerial view of AT&T field and Downtown Chattanooga looking East.
    Staff photo by Dan Henry/Chattanooga Times Free Press

Chattanooga stands in second place in Outside Magazine’s online contest to find the “Best Town Ever.”

Less than a week into the three-week contest, Tuscon, Ariz., leads among the 10 finalists with 1,895 votes. Chattanooga is in second place with 1,194 votes.

According to a news release, the list represents “dream cities that offer a balance of real culture, perfect scenery, a reasonable cost of living, and easy access to the outdoors.”

The winner will be picked through popular vote on Facebook at

Current standings (as of Monday at 3 p.m.):

--1. Tucson, Ariz., 1895 votes

--2. Chattanooga, Tenn., 1194 votes

--3. Boulder, Colo., 852 votes

--4. Ashland, Ore., 588 votes

--5. Charleston, S.C., 524 votes

--6. Burlington, Vermont, 307 votes

--7. Portland, Ore., 288 votes

--8. Madison, Wis., 236 votes

--9. Santa Fe, N.M., 208 votes

--10. Portland, Maine, 187 votes

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NorthChatter said...

Just an can vote once a day...13 days left before the contest ends.

June 13, 2011 at 5:40 p.m.
mbonello said...

Wow!! You can not be serious with this!? One of the highest crime rates in the country. Unbelievable poverty and homelessness. The only place this town puts money is downtown. This one is definitely a joke!!

June 13, 2011 at 6:51 p.m.
NorthChatter said...

Does Chattanooga have crime/gang problems...undeniably. But, is it also a great place for outdoor lovers...definitely.

Outside Magazine is rating cities based on outdoor activities...running, climbing, hiking, paddling, cycling, etc.

Has nothing to do with whether or not gang bangers shoot each other in East Chattanooga.

June 13, 2011 at 9:03 p.m.
rolando said...

Tucson is reportedly the human trafficking capitol of the US and 2nd in the world -- just behind Mexico City. That No. 1 they can keep...but I suspect it will be here sooner than we think.

June 13, 2011 at 9:16 p.m.
woodlase said...

Best City????????????? Narrow, rut ridden, bumpy, bump streets. The worst traffic control/stop light system I've ever encountered. Limited amount of roads to access anything outdooors. The Interstate system through town is primative, inadequate, and needs a skyway to bypass most of the city for through traffic. The infrastructure for this city is WAYYYYYYYYYYYY behind the times. I'd rate Choo Choo town about 70th out of 75 major cities in the USA.

June 14, 2011 at 10:54 a.m.
cave_demon said...

What a joke to have Chattanooga even on this list. It's way too freaking hot here for half the year to do anything outdoors and too cold the other half. There are like 10 nice days a year here. It's hard to enjoy the outdoors when it's 90 and humid, 35 and windy, or raining. And to libertarian, I've been everywhere in this country, and no way in hell is Chattanooga anywhere close to the top. You've lived in some crappy places, so of course the 'Noog will look good to you. Hell, Detroit makes Nigeria look nice. Portland, OR and Santa Fe, NM are definitely the best of that list.

June 14, 2011 at 7:16 p.m.
cave_demon said...

Woodlase is 100% spot-on with the stop light and roads/infrastructure comment. This city is a traffic engineer's nightmare. I don't think it's as bad as 70th out of 75, but it's not top 40, either.

June 14, 2011 at 7:22 p.m.
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June 14, 2011 at 7:50 p.m.
sage1 said...

I certainly agree with the shoddy street issues posted. I travel Hixson Pike daily. There are sections of it that will rattle your teeth. Between Ashland Terrace and Hwy 153 for example. On many streets you must straddle manhole covers that stick up 2-3 inches, Ely Road for instance.

June 15, 2011 at noon
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