@B Griffin This is an OLD thread that I felt like bringing back to life. I have really enjoyed reading back through this thread. It is still relevant with the talk of urban survival, urban craft, woods craft and so forth of late. Many do not search back to the old threads and read (like me). This old thread serves as background to perhaps a newer discussion. Brian, how much have things changed in Chattanooga from your perspective? You moved to Michigan and moved back. The police have been "attacking" the gang situation here. I think it has gotten a little better in the sense that things are less visible. But gangs are really a problem here in general. There have been drive by shootings over the last couple of years. It is shocking to me that it happens in Chattanooga and I'm sure it is happening in a lot of smaller cities. Drugs are still a problem. The drugs change, but the overall problem remains. Homelessness seems to be fairly static in the sense that you see folks but the numbers here are not significant or merit much attention like some of the West Coast cities. Things should be better with the unemployment rate below 4% now. With the unemployment rate so low, if you see people who obviously don't work and are young, they deserve paying attention to. Since this thread started, all knives have been legalized in TN. It is generally legal to carry guns (discreetly) in parks as far as I know.