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.


Cooling off in The Passage. Jacksonville needs more active urban public spaces like this!

Taking advantage of Chattanooga's $120 million riverfront redevelopment, many new upscale townhomes, condos and apartments sit within the prime location of Fourth Street to the banks of the Tennessee River.  This compact section of Downtown Chattanooga is anchored by several attractions, including the Tennessee Aquarium, AT&T Field, IMAX, High Point Climbing, Creative Discovery Museum and the Hunter Museum. The 2014 Vanguard Conference's welcome reception and opening remarks were hosted at the Tennessee Aquarium.

Outdoor rock climbing at High Point Climbing.

High Point Climbing and the attached parking garage is a block south of the Tennessee Aquarium.

2014 Vanguard and City of Mason, MI Councilmember, Marlon Brown in front of the Tennessee Aquarium.

2014 Vanguard Lindsey Scannapieco of London, UK prepares for a ride on one of Art 120's “urban art bikes.”

The Walnut Street Bridge was the country's longest pedestrian bridge with it opened in the early 1990s.

Metro Jacksonville's resident kayaker John Nooney would like this city.

Old and new architecture at the Hunter Museum.

Learning about Chattanooga's industrial past with (left to right) Cristina Garmendia, William Tate, David Thomas Moran, Marlon Brown, Stephen Larrick, Emily Sadigh, Peter Smith, Julie Ulrich (blocked by Peter), and Boris Suchkov.

Cristina Garmendia attempts to photo bomb my shot of the riverwalk.

Experiencing a little Chattanooga nightlife.

Left to right: With the conference over, Julie Ulrich, Emily Sadigh, Boris Suchkov and Peter Smith discover Jax Liquors.  Are we in the right city?

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