Design: No Knocks for Knoxville

A World's Fair that exudes an air of friendly intimacy

Some great international expositions will always be remembered affectionately for their cultural flair and technical innovations. Others, particularly some recent, much ballyhooed U.S. fairs, have left only debts and deserted weed fields. Chances are good, however, that no one will knock the Knoxville fair, which opens this week and closes in October.

This hope is based on the ground's advantageous valley location in the heart of the city, and the decision of smart planners to design the fair as a fair rather than a...

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