Open Streets Knoxville

Pedals and pedestrians swamped a roughly one-mile stretch of N. Central Street for Knoxville’s second Open Streets Festival, a roadway-turned-walkway lined with food trucks, kids events, workout equipment, games and dances, hula-hoops, yoga classes, corn hole, some sort of rubber noodle dome, and a ton of other roadside attractions. The Open Streets concept puts a focus on physical activity and engagement, getting folks out of their cars and forcing them to interact with an environment typically reserved for the revving and whizzing of automobiles. People seemed to enjoy it.

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Clay Duda is a freelance journalist specializing in investigative reporting, feature writing, editorial photography, and digital media.