June 24, 2012
UT to bulldoze entire Fort Sanders neighborhood 'just for the hell of it'
University of Tennessee officials said Saturday that the college plans to demolish the entire Fort Sanders neighborhood just for funsies. Grant Dickie, UT's vice chancellor for destroying historic buildings, told reporters that the university hasn't bulldozed a celebrated landmark in a few weeks and that he "is getting that itch again." "It's addictive," he said. "One minute you're doing it because the university needs a new state-of-the-art building it has to raise tuition eight percent to be able to pay for. The next you're just knocking over Victorians for sport. Finally we said, 'Why don't we just take them all out for kicks and giggles?'" Dickie said the university's master plan of destruction also calls for razing Mechanicsville, parts of Sequoyah Hills, the iconic Sunsphere, and the western blocks of Knoxville's downtown.
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