Tag Archive for: Better Block

Flea Market Then, New Lease Now

Glass Street storefronts serve as a striking community asset, due to their historic 1920’s brick architecture Read more

Glass Street Community Space

The Glass Street community space is located at the intersection of North Chamberlain and Glass Street. Read more

Glass Street Scavenger Hunt

Record a politician to singing ‘Mary had a Little Lamb.’ Share a BBQ sandwich with a stranger. Read more


GHC teamed up with PPRWRK which includes illustrator Mary Margaret LaVoie Read more


How can a participatory art installation bring new awareness and appreciation for a place? Read more

Better Block on Glass Street

How do you convince people that change is possible? Read more

Bank Art Center on Glass Street

What do the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Glass Street have in common? Read more

Young Americans: Taking it to the Streets, Part III

What does it mean to be an American in the 21st century? Read more

Rise Up Chattanooga

Can a public art project reach people beyond the traditional “art world”? Rise Up Chattanooga is a public art project Read more

Tag Archive for: Better Block

How-To Guide

Can condensing a movement into an instruction manual help incite collaborative action?

The How-To Guide was created as an instruction manual for residents to work with neighbors on temporary projects. The guide has been passed out to over 200 community members and serves as a catalyst for neighborhood action as it not only gives manageable directions, but also provides a visual projection of each project’s potential.

The guide is broken down into instructions for nine projects.  From community banners to pop up shops, it not only gives basic step-by-step directions, but also lists the needed materials, costs, time frames and necessary collaborators for each individual project.  The How-To Guide is a unique and visually stimulating representation of the near-term plan for Glass Street.  The How-To Guide will be vital in the  planning process for the Glass Street’s Better Block event on February 23rd.



Day of Service

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

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Facebook photo album can be viewed here.

Trolley Yarn Art

Can yarn bombing build community? Chattanooga-based artist Olga de Klein uses the art of yarn bombing to create connections between people and place. “Trolley” is a 30-foot wide, 15-foot tall mixed-media mural made of yarn and paint on plywood.  Sections of yarn knit by residents and supporters of Glass Street visually represent how individuals, when stitched together, can become something greater than before.

The mural also celebrates the historic East Chattanooga Belt Line Trolley which connected the Glass Farm District to the businesses and attractions downtown in the early 1900s. The trolley is not only a point of connection for places – it connects people. De Klein’s mural is designed to do the same – inviting people to interact with the installation and ultimately one another.

The temporary installation is located at 2442 Glass Street.

14 volunteers engaged in the project
17,151 yards of yarn were used, which translates into about 9.7 miles
1 image of this mural reached more than 2,500 on facebook
More than 100 first-time visitors attracted to Glass Street


Featured on http://www.facebook.com/LionBrandYarns

Glass Flea

Can ‘new-to-you’ merchandise spark new life to Glass Street? Of course it can. But, then again, anything is possible when dedicated residents put their creative minds and hearts toward the betterment of their community.

Gail McKeel and Daniel Crlencic joined forces to create Glass Flea, a pop-up shop for the Better Block on Glass event. They cleared and cleaned a vacant building, painted and installed storefront signage, and sent out a call to neighbors for ‘things-no-longer-loved.’ In a week, Glass Flea was filled with furniture, clothes, books, lamps, shoes, and a variety of other household trinkets.

During the Better Block event, a stage featuring live music entertained more than 450 customers that passed through the shop. The community hoped this would be more than a ‘flash in the pan,’ and Gail and Daniel answered this call to action. Now, Glass Flea is open on Saturdays from 10am to 5pm.

3 people employed
Generated $650 dollars in sales during Better Block event
20 donations from residents

Greening Glass Street

How does the temporary turn into permanent?
A small group of dedicated volunteers built sixteen tree planters, bringing trees to Glass Street – temporarily. The noticeably enhanced appearance gave way to conversations about having trees on Glass Street – permanently. In April of this year, the City of Chattanooga will begin installing new sidewalks with room for trees. Now, Glass Street is part of a greater movement to increase Chattanooga’s urban tree canopy.


project led by resident, Travis Yeagley
24 donated trees
28 donated day lillies
1 cubic yard of soil donated
0.5 cubic yard of gravel donated
800 linear feet of repurposed wood
1000 nails pulled out of wood
13 volunteers participated in the project
Approved plans for the City of Chattanooga to permanently add trees on Glass Street

Mural Garden

Can creative placemaking happen in a parking lot? Yes it can. Read more

The Glass Street Brand

So how do we talk about Glass Street? The words we use about the neighborhood, and how we use them, matter. Read more

Rise Up Chattanooga

Can a public art project reach people beyond the traditional “art world”? Rise Up Chattanooga is a public art project Read more

Young Americans

What does it mean to be an American in the 21st century? Read more