4th Street plan wins Urban Design Challenge contest | timesfreepress.com


A winner in Chattanooga’s Urban Design Challenge. From timesfreepress.com.

I’ve read a few articles so far about the end of the Urban Design Challenge in Chattanooga, but this is the first one I’ve seen that includes some of the images from the plan, and based on this one image, I like what I see. Ellis Smith gives the rundown of the Oscar-esque award ceremony, and some of the challenges the plans could face in implementation. It can be hard for good plans like this to get funding when banks are used to financing single-use projects and wary, especially in this economy, of anything that’s outside the norm. Medium sized cities like Chattanooga and Pittsburgh have often benefited from the investment of wealthy locals, such as the Carnegies and Fricks in Pittsburgh and the late Jack Lupton in Chattanooga. Let’s hope that this plan can be implemented in small bits to make it more affordable and still have the desired impact on the city.

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