Location is everything, and Chattanooga is "located." It lies between the Southern Appalachians and the Cumberland Plateau. The Tennessee River carved through the Cumberland Plateau shapes the Grand Canyon of Tennessee between Lookout and Signal Mountains. The river and the mountains provide the backdrop that helped Chattanooga to earn its nickname...the scenic city. But the beauty is not only skin deep.
In recent years, private and governmental resources have been invested in revitalizing Chattanooga use of its natural resources. Efforts to improve the city include the "21st Century Waterfront Plan"—a $120 million redevelopment of the Chattanooga waterfront and downtown area. An early cornerstone of this project was the restoration of the historic Walnut Street Bridge—the oldest surviving bridge of its kind in the Southeastern United States. Also part of the redevelopment was the Tennessee Aquarium which has become a major waterfront attraction that has helped to spur neighborhood development. Over the last ten years the city has won three national awards for outstanding "livability," and nine Gunther Blue Ribbon Awards for excellence in housing and consolidated planning.
Chattanooga offers something for everyone, at any age. There is a wonderful mix of both active and passive pursuits. A variety of outdoor sports and recreation is available, the arts and culture community is a vital part of the life of the city, and there is an increasingly greater focus on environmental awareness and "living green." Chattanooga offers an unbeatable quality of life.
|"Chattanooga possesses a strong sense of community,|
a handsome natural landscape and seems to have the ability
to solve problems that are often daunting to bigger cities."
—National Public Radio
"Not too small and not too big, Chattanooga is really the undiscovered gem
of Tennessee, where old-school Southern manners and grand Victorian
mansions meet a thoroughly modern, eco-friendly Tennessee riverfront."
—The New York Times
"A Top 10 Dream Town to Live Big, Play Hard, and Work (If you Must)"
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