October 31, 2018

Public Realm Action Plan

One of the four strategies described in the Innovation District Framework Plan is to improve the qualities of the public realm.

The public realm is the connective tissue of any district that allows the drivers of innovation - creativity, serendipity, and authentic connections between people - to truly flourish. More than just “The Gig”, innovation needs to be experienced, seen, and supported by a sense of place in Chattanooga.

A key next step in implementing these ideals is to understand how we can make the Innovation District’s streets, sidewalks, parks, and plazas more attractive, inviting and engaging for everyone in our community.

In the Fall of 2018 and Spring of 2019, The Enterprise Center and The Chattanooga Design Studio will lead an in-depth analysis of the Innovation District with the guidance of Gehl Studio, a leading expert organization on creating vibrant, sustainable, and people-focused cities. The work will culminate in a ‘Public Realm Action Plan’ for the District.

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Project Timeline

November 2018 Public Space Public Life Surveys

December 2018 Data Recap & Pop Up Engagement Public Presentation @ Tomorrow Building Pop Engagement around downtown

January 2019 Places for People January 29th 5:30pm Open House Workshop @ Bessie Smith Cultural Center

Spring 2019 Pilot Projects and Plan Draft | Details TBD

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We invited residents, students and urban enthusiasts to help us observe how we use our public spaces. On Thursday November 15 and Saturday November 17, 72 volunteers helped us collect important data about the way people use downtown Chattanooga.

The results from this Public Space Public Life survey will inform a plan to make our sidewalks, parks, and plazas more inviting. This work is part of a study being conducted by Gehl Studio, an urban design firm that specializes in “Making Cities for People” and creating a vision for public space.

Volunteers documented public life during a 4-hour shift and recorded how people move through and spend time in public spaces.

The Gehl Approach

Public Life I - Gehl Institute from Thoka Maer on Vimeo.