1) Chattanooga, 2278
2) Tucson, Ariz., 2217
3) Boulder, Colo., 1035
4) Charleston, S.C., 861
5) Ashland, Ore., 709
6) Burlington, Vermont, 460
7) Portland, Maine, 423
8) Portland, Ore., 337
9) Madison, Wis., 311
10) Sante Fe., N.M., 267
Chattanooga has surged into the lead in Outside Magazine’s online poll to name America’s “Best Town Ever.”
For the first time since voting began last week, Chattanooga has overtaken Tucson, Ariz.
As of 11:45 p.m. EDT Chattanooga had 2,278 votes compared to 2,217 for Tucson, a razor-thin margin that could change by the hour.
Editors of the popular magazine chose the Top 10 finalists in the contest and then turned the competiton over to voting on a dedicated Facebook page.
Chattanooga and Tucson have distanced themselves from the pack in recent days in the contest, which continues through June 28. Boulder, Co., stands in third position.
Mark Kennedy is the editor of the Times Free Press opinion pages and writes the Sunday “Life Stories” column. He also writes a Saturday automotive column, “Test Drive,” for the Business section. For 13 years, Kennedy was features editor of the newspaper, and before that he was the newspaper’s first Sunday editor. The Times Free Press Life section won the state press award for Best Community Lifestyles four times during his tenure. Before Chattanooga’s newspapers ...