August 1, 2013
City wins grant to increase downtown pigeon population
The City of Knoxville has been awarded nearly $65,000 in federal grant funds to increase the number of pigeons living downtown. Pigeons will be installed throughout the center city area in a series of phases, with Market Square and Krutch Park to be the first to receive the nasty, feral birds. Knoxville was one of 16 grant winners nationwide. Asheville and Chattanooga also received federal grants to increase their pigeon populations. "This is an incredible validation of the hard work that has been done for the past few years to revitalize our historic downtown," said Knoxville director of rodent development Janice Hoyle. "We are eager to use the grant money to further develop our sky rat population." "I've owned a shop on Market Square for several years now," said one downtown business owner. "But I've never been able to have those cool looking spikes on top of my signage. This is a great investment in our city's future."
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