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Chattanooga tries to create a more people-friendly downtown

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Chattanooga officials are trying to make the city's downtown more people-friendly with new zoning regulations.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/1NdDhYX) reports the new regulations are still under development but would require wider sidewalks, tree-lined streets and more pedestrian access to buildings.

The regulations are known as "form-based" codes and Mayor Andy Berke says they are "people-centric."

The move comes as officials are looking for ways to breathe life into areas of downtown.

Berke says members of a Chattanooga Forward task force told him it would create the type of street experience citizens are craving.

Officials expect to take their first vote on the issue in the fall.

Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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