When community organizers need a break from the hard and challenging work of driving change Read more
For Gail McKeel and her friends in Glass Farm,
For United Way of Greater Chattanooga’s Day of Caring a group of amazing people bestowed their good will upon East Chattanooga Read more
Join us in celebrating local gospel choirs on Saturday, May 24th from 11:30-4:30 at the corner of North Chamberlain and Glass Street in the community space.
If you drive down Glass Street today, you’ll notice the appearance of something new…trees! For the first time in Glass Street history, residents and visitors can enjoy some greenery. On the morning of March 8th, over 200 volunteers showed up on Glass Street to help make tree-planting history. It was an awesome and fulfilling Saturday morning. Read more
East Chattanooga is hosting it’s very first Mardi Gras event on Saturday, March 8th at 4pm! The event will take place in Track Alley, located behind the community space and buildings on Glass Street.
How do you plan a holiday party with hopes of high attendance and ensure the event is community-owned?
You let the community organize it. On Monday, December 16th Glass House Collective asked the Good Neighbor Network to organize their neighborhood Christmas party. Read more
On Wednesday, November 20th, please join us for drinks at the Flying Squirrel while benefiting a new park we are building on Glass Street. That’s right, 10% of all sales from 5:30 pm until closing will go straight to support our awesome new pocket park which will continue the revitalization of the proud Glass Farms neighborhood. Read more
New street lights, sidewalks, and now trees! On Saturday, March 8th, Glass Street residents and volunteers planted18 trees along Glass Street and picked up trash in the surrounding areas in collaboration with National Arbor Day.
The morning began with a detailed learning session from the City Forrester, Gene Hyde, who shared information on the types of trees and the proper way they should be planted into the soil.
With the help of all the volunteers including students from area schools, Volkswagen employees and City of Chattanooga employees, in less than two hours, 18 beautiful trees had been planted along Glass Street.
Seeing everyone get their hands dirty planting trees on a Saturday morning, only further emphasizes that trees really can unite a community!
Over 200 volunteers
18 planted trees
over 20 Volkswagen employees
7 of City Employees
50 student volunteers
over 20 heavy duty shovels
Photo album can be viewed here.
Can a splash of paint connect us to a place? Local designers Matt Adams and Nick Turner transformed a blank billboard on Glass Street into an eye-cathcing work of art to prove just that. Ultimately, the goal for the project was to demonstrate how creativity in the public realm drives collaboration and fosters a sense of place. Adams and Turner worked with volunteers to design and fabricate a large-scale stencil for the billboard, at which attendees of the Glass Street LIVE block party threw over 100 water balloons and cups filled with paint. The result was a splashy, vibrant sign that couldn’t be more clear: Glass Street is here.
Engaged over 35 individuals to reclaim a part of Glass Street.
Youtube Video can be found here.
Can a block party build a sense of place? The first annual Glass Street LIVE event was designed to bring life to Glass Street via food, fun and community. Glass House Collective partnered with over 30 residents to develop creative activities, live entertainment and food for an unforgettable day. Leading up to the event, Glass House Collective facilitated four community planning meetings and worked with fellow organizers to secure $2000 in sponsorship dollars from private and public sources. The event started as a platform for relationship building in the community which in turn created a vibrant sense of place—attracting over 500 people from the neighborhood and beyond.
Engaged over 30 partners and attracted over 500 individuals to Glass Street.
Can a simple hello change the nature of a neighborhood? When it comes with BBQ, live music and a water park—it’s almost certain. To celebrate Memorial Day, Glass House Collective opened its headquarters and a vacant adjacent lot to the community. Residents organized family activities, entertainment, and a few local vendors and informational booths popped up, too. Initially planned to celebrate the launch of a 10-week business planning course held in headquarters, the event turned into something much larger: a chance for neighborhood kids to cut loose, for families to come together and for neighbors to really say hello.
Attracted over 45 neighbors
enrolled 13 attendees in the Launch Business Planning Course
2 residents performed live jazz
Photo album of this project can be found here.
What happens when a community comes together around place? Pride, ownership and a sense of hope.
Organized in conjunction with Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise’s NeighborGood Week, the Glass Street Cleanup actively engaged residents in the process of image-making for their neighborhood. The idea was simple: set a date, rally some people, pick up trash. But for Glass Street, the result was profound: neighbors worked together, took ownership and cultivated pride in place—demonstrating a community-wide commitment to making the area safer, cleaner and more inviting. By helping individuals invest time, creativity and knowledge into their home, the cleanup unlocked and tapped a new sense of love and hope for Glass Street.
Engaged 15+ volunteers for the clean up.
Media: News Channel 12
Photo album can be found here.
Can community collaboration create a new vision for a neighborhood? The success of a design charrette with the Tennessee Chapter of American Institute of Architects (AIA) showed that it can. AIA Conference attendees came to Glass Street for a hands-on workshop that combined architecture, urban planning, design, and the experience of local residents. The teams had three hours to explore the Glass Street area and develop near-term plans for revitalization. Ideas included capitalizing on the increased foot traffic on Sundays to create the “Glass Street Gospel”; rehabilitating a nearby creek to provide green water reclamation; and extending the “safe street” zone near the elementary school to the business district. Teams also suggested using green space to engaging local families and pedestrians for public gatherings such as performances, farmer’s markets, parks, shade trees, playgrounds, a community garden.
The eight plans will be shared and discussed with East Chattanooga residents, who will refine and build on the schemes presented to create a district-wide streetscape and public space plan that will provide a roadmap to a brighter future on Glass Street.
Can business planning bring prosperity to an overlooked neighborhood? From barbecue barons to creative residents, LAUNCH is proving that entrepreneurs are critical to Glass Street’s revitalization.Working in partnership with this development program, Glass House Collective recruited a dozen potential participants from our own backyard. From their, LAUNCH volunteers carried them through a 10-week business planning curriculum adapted from the Company Lab’s time-tested SpringBoard program.With a better sense of feasibility and impact, our budding business owners have graduated into the community and today play an important role in the district’s renewal.
Graduated 12 entrepreneurs, including immediate neighbors and Chattanooga residents interested in putting down roots nearby.
How can a banner represent a potential community space? Local artist, Liza Blair, and Glass House Collective recently unveiled a community banner project at the corner of North Chamberlain and Glass Street. The banner hangs in a vacant corner lot, a potential community space for Glass Street residents.
Liza’s work began during Glass House Collective’s community meetings, a time for residents to give opinions and responses about the future of Glass Street. Liza met with a few residents who previously expressed their passion for a community space. While visiting with them, Liza snapped candid photos. The result of these photos are hanging on a side of a vacant building right next to the proposed community space.
The banner is a reminder to Glass Street residents that the neighborhood is, and will continue working together.
Eighteen residents showed their support by helping Liza in creating the community banner project.
Can a holiday party build confidence and reassure progress is being made?
On Thursday, December 6th Glass House Collective hosted a Christmas party at their headquarters to debut the plans for the Glass Street District Design Vision. The night included a turkey dinner, visit from Santa, and an overall good time between residents of and around the Glass Street area.
The walls were adorned with Christmas decorations and twinkle lights, but more importantly, architectural and branding proposals for Glass Street residents to officially view for the first time. David Barlew, lead architect, explained the streetscape and public space plan to residents and business owners. Rondell Crier and Sheena Benavente spent the evening answering questions and receiving feedback on the proposed brand for Glass Street. Katherine Currin and Teal Thibaud greeted the guests and revealed specifics about Glass House Collective’s plan for the community. Not only did the party foster resident feedback, but also brought the community together in a spirit of solidarity for Glass House’s ongoing efforts.
Over 130 guests attended
Facebook album can be viewed here.