Throwback Thursday: The Rebirth on the River Was No Accident for Chattanooga

Chattanooga (WDEF) – Our Throwback Thursday story this week looks back to Chattanooga’s waterfront before the Aquarium, Coolidge Park or the Riverpark.

35 years ago, there were no restaurants or tourists, few wanted to live downtown and the Walnut Street Bridge was closed.

But all those changes didn’t happen by accident.

It’s good to remember that it all came from a plan.

But the challenge back in 1985, was convincing people to focus again on the river.

Back then, there were no parks or marina along the banks.

In fact, most Chattanoogans never got close to it.

So developers like Ron Littlefield came up with a vision.

See how close their plan came to reality 35 years later.


This still was taken from aerial film shot in the mid 1970s by WDEF.
Notice the old warehouses where the Aquarium is now.  
Fehn’s restaurant where Coolidge Park is now.
Riverfront Parkway was just under construction, but not down to the river at this point.
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