|Local band Prophets and Kings performs atop the old Discoteca building,|
now a temporary community mural project, and soon to be demolished.
"In 2006, Chattanoogans had the broad perception that Main Street and the adjacent Southside residential area was an abandoned and dangerous neighborhood, far removed from its once-animated and vibrant character," she says. "Working with partners from around the city, CreateHere proved that the Southside is not a forgotten neighborhood, and that excitement can return to vacant urban spaces. Through that process, Chattanooga has become a more vibrant and active city."
The parties that Fast Company highlights as catalysts for change were Create Here's legendary Main x 24 events. These wintertime festivities created twenty four hours worth of entertainment, business incubation, food, and fun. They also inspired new businesses to put down roots and brought new customers to the few pioneers that first joined Create Here on Main. Today Southside residents live in walking distance of an ever-growing group of great businesses. Niko's Southside Grill, Alleia, Taqueria Jalesco, Urban Stack, Conga, La Altena, Mean Mug, and The Camphouse are just a few of the local restaurants and eateries in the area.
|Friends peruse the menu at The Meeting Place|
Photo credit: Rachelle Fourquemin
|A meetup of locals at Southside nonprofit Gaining Ground.|
Photo credit: David Moon
|An art bicycle and revelers at the May 2012 Southside Stroll|