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Architects eye revival on Chattanooga's Glass Street

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Design professionals Heidi Hefferlin, Tavis Salazar, Kelly Fitzgerald and Faris Eid, from left, take a walking tour  Wednesday to share suggestions for revitalizing the Glass Street commercial corridor. Photo by John Rawlston / Times Free Press Design professionals Heidi Hefferlin, Tavis Salazar, Kelly Fitzgerald and Faris Eid, from left, take a walking tour Wednesday to share suggestions for revitalizing the Glass Street commercial corridor. Photo by John Rawlston / Times Free Press

CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- Chattanooga architect Blythe Bailey looks at dilapidated buildings and unkempt lots on Chattanooga's Glass Street and sees possibilities.

An empty lot on the corner of North Chamberlain Avenue and Glass Street could become a community garden, a place to get residents active and talking to their neighbors while they grow produce, he says. And the vine-covered empty building behind it -- a former five-and-dime store -- could be a place for a sign that identifies the area as historic Glass Street.

If the Glass House Collective has its say, the visions of Bailey and others will transform the formerly energized but now empty East Chattanooga community into a vibrant commercial corridor. And every merchant who comes to the neighborhood will capitalize on the traffic expected to travel on Glass Street.

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