Chattanoogans were pumped to see their city featured on the cover of Outside in 2011, when the results of a Facebook poll awarded the city the title of "Best Town Ever" and put the Point Park view on news racks around the country.
But the writer of the story now says he never understood what the draw was.
In a piece published today for The New Republic, writer Chuck Thompson offered a different take, calling Chattanooga a town that's "pleasant enough."
"In 2011, I was dispatched by Outside to report on the results of a Facebook poll that resulted in Chattanooga, of all places, being named the 'Best Town Ever,'" Thompson writes. "What I found was a pleasant enough little burg that might have been more accurately described as the best place in southeastern Tennessee to stop for a bite if you're driving through on the interstate."
Thompson admits to Chattanooga's well-known outdoor venues for sports like mountain biking and rock climbing and shares a few details about his stay at what is presumably The Crash Pad. He also comments at length on Nashville.
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