How do public spaces keep from becoming rundown?
The people who use them take responsibility. On January 21, 2013, more than sixty Chattanooga residents coordinated a public beautification effort along the Glass Street historic commercial corridor. Under the direction of “Champions,” the volunteers painted, cleaned, and landscaped public and vacant spaces within the target area. Teams also began preparations for the upcoming Better Block event. Activities for the day concluded with a shared meal and viewing of presidential inauguration coverage.
65+ volunteers attended
11 vacant storefronts painted
10 blocks cleared of street trash
5 vacant spaces prepared for Better Block event
50% lumber prepared for Better Block event
1 Welcome area painted
2 benches stained
2 sidewalks cleared of weeds