New Vision for Chattanooga

Reported by: Alisha Searl
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Updated: 10/11/2013 7:07 pm

In 20 years your children could see a very different Chattanooga.

Here's a glimpse into what the downtown area could look like.

Kim White, President and CEO of the River City Company, says, "We took a lot of vacant office buildings and saw them re-envisioned as downtown living."

River City Company is spear-heading this effort.

White says they're looking at three additional parking garages downtown centered around new housing developments.

White adds, "And we know we have some dead spaces that after five, we need some more activity."

White says the downtown area has the capacity for 86,000 cars a day.

However, only about 27,000 are coming through.

White adds, "Part of the importance of having a more narrow street is that it helps retail. It helps people feel safer when they cross the street, so we have room to do some pretty cool things."

A lot of people would like to see Broad Street with two lanes in each direction and a bike lane.

And the ideas do not stop there.

White adds, "Re-envisioning of a miller park area that makes it open for everybody and what connects more to miller plaza."

White says the idea for a new Chattanooga is simple; a more livable, walkable, bikable community.

For more information on how you can get involved in this project or if you just want to get your ideas heard, contact River City Company.

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