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Chattanooga Expands ‘Smart Intersection’ Network

The city is building on a smaller test project that uses sensors to gather data about traffic movement to help transportation planners make more informed traffic management decisions.

January 9, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

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No Bragging Rights for Passing the Infrastructure Act?

You'd think the passage of the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure act would convey bragging rights for Democratic congress members facing competitive midterm elections today. Ironically, Republicans who opposed the bill are taking credit.

November 8, 2022 - Politico

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Chattanooga Plans to Convert Hotel to Supportive Housing

At a recent meeting, the city’s mayor urged the city council to support the effort to repurpose a derelict hotel into a permanent supportive housing complex.

October 13, 2022 - Chattanooga Times Free Press


Chattanooga to Redevelop City-Owned Properties to Keep Innovation District Momentum

Two underutilized buildings have been proposed as a catalyst for inclusive development in the Edney Innovation District.

April 26, 2018 - Chattanooga Times Free Press


Federal Reserve Banks Look for Small Town Lessons in Growth

What do Rochester, Cedar Rapids, Grand Rapids, and Chattanooga have to do with each other? According to Federal Reserve Banks, they are all examples of cities doing growth right.

May 7, 2017 - Chicago Federal Reserve


Friday Funny: Chattanooga Says it's 'Literally Perfect'

City branding got jokes.

April 14, 2017 - CityLab

Horrific School Bus Crash in Chattanooga Results In Five Counts of Vehicular Homicide

The driver has been arrested and charged with the deaths of five children who died at the scene of the one-vehicle crash in which the bus slammed into a tree on Monday afternoon. The National Transportation Safety Board is on the scene.

November 27, 2016 - WRCB tv


Planetizen Week in Review: July 1, 2016

It will only take us two-and-a-half minutes to catch you up on the big planning news from the last week of June.

July 1, 2016 - Planetizen


Chattanooga Approves New Form-Based Code for Downtown

Chattanooga is the latest city to apply the form-based code methodology to a specific area of the city, including downtown and adjacent neighborhoods.

June 30, 2016 - Times Free Press

Chattanooga's Unique Approach to Innovation Districts

Bruce Katz says something special is going on in Chattanooga—where a uniquely situated innovation district is setting an example for more traditional approaches to the concept.

October 5, 2015 - Brookings Institution

Lessons for a Career's Worth of Community Engagement

Community engagement on planning subjects is fraught with the potential for boredom and political conflict. The former mayor of Chattanooga recounts lessons gained while combating those possibilities over a 40-year career.

July 10, 2015 - Governing - City Accelerator

Chattanooga Mayor: No Chance for High-Speed Rail to Atlanta

A proposed plan to connect Chattanooga and Atlanta via high-speed rail, 17 years in the making, appears to be dead in the water. Chattanooga will now turn its attentions to a possible light rail system.

May 26, 2015 - Chattanooga Times Free Press

Despite Woes, Bike Share Programs Continue to Spread

Bike share programs are spreading throughout the United States, now in 36 urban areas, up from six four years ago. However, half the programs have encountered technical or financial difficulties, according to a tally by The Wall Street Journal.

July 11, 2014 - The Wall Street Journal

How is Technology Transforming the American City?

For a feature on Technology and the City, Architectural Record examines how the digital economy and tech culture are transforming Chattanooga, Detroit, Austin, and San Francisco. Many changes are welcome, but can urban success become too successful?

October 3, 2013 - Architectural Record


The Little Bike-Share That Could

Chattanooga didn't let its small population, sprawling environment, and weak cycling culture prevent the city from implementing a small-scale bike-share system. Their experience could hold lessons for other small cities that want jump in the saddle.

February 12, 2013 - DC.Streetsblog

How to Unlock America's Bottom-Up Innovation

Thomas Friedman uses Chattanooga, Tenn. as an example of the "innovative thrust building, bottom-up, in the U.S. economy today." In an opinion piece for the Times, he urges leaders in Washington to help unlock America's embryonic growth surge.

November 27, 2012 - Jonathan Nettler

Should Your City Build Its Own Broadband Network?

April 30, 2012 - Christopher Mitchell

The Hipster States of America

Writing from Austin, Texas, one of the current centers for hipster culture in the U.S., Lauren Modery proposes a list of the next cities she believes are ripe for an explosion of old-timey facial hair, geeky eyewear, and overall hipsterfication.

February 23, 2012 - CultureMap Austin

Revilatization Through Graphic Design

Zak Stone reports on a campaign in Chattanooga, Tennessee to distill the city's artistic and entrepreneurial spirit into a font, and asks the question - can a font help a city make a comeback?

February 18, 2012 - Good

Property Rights, Growth Boundaries Issues at Long-Range Planning Meeting

Locals expressed fear and resistance over a revision to Chattanooga, Tennessee's urban growth plan.

November 20, 2011 - Chatanooga Times Free Press

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