Exploring Chattanooga Vanguard Style

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Can Jacksonville learn anything from a smaller Sunbelt city? Metro Jacksonville's Ennis Davis answers this and more by sharing his experience at last week's Next City 2014 Vanguard Conference.

City Center

The City Center is the current focus of revitalization in the heart of Chattanooga.  It is where the skyscrapers meet the inner city parks between Fourth Street and 12th Street.  2014 Vanguard events at the Chattanooga Public Library and Waterhouse Pavilion at Miller Plaza took place in City Center.

Left to right: 2010 Vanguards Gary Gaston (Nashville Civic Design Center) and William Herbig (National Capital Planning Commission, Washington, DC) headed to St. Johns Restaurant for dinner.

Left to right: Justin Garrett Moore (Senior Urban Designer, NYC Department of City Planning - 2014 class) and Megan Canning (Design Trust for Public Space, NYC - 2010 class)


Bordered by Third Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard to the North and South, and by Georgia Avenue and Central Avenue to the West and East, this historic neighborhood includes many restored turn of the century homes in the Fortwood district near the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Very limited conference activity took place in this section of downtown, so I explored it myself before heading back to Jacksonville.

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