Project Description: Market Street has undergone a transformation from abandoned parking lots and warehouses to vibrant, active places for work and pleasure. Featured in this project are examples of this successful revitalization effort. Chattanooga has become a model for urban revitalization and for sustainable economic growth based upon environmentally sound business practices. Building upon a number of city assets including its location on the Tennessee River and a building stock of post industrial manufacturing and warehouse buildings, the city devised a plan to turn the city into a more favorable place for private investment in service, recreational and housing activities. The result of this strategy has been the return of people to the downtown core. The construction of the Tennessee Aquarium which draws thousands of visitors a year, free electric shuttle buses to ease parking and mobility, Miller Plaza and Park for rest and relaxation, and the combination of artist-designed public benches, street murals, infill housing and historic restoration result in a more vibrant and fun urban experience. The concept of the Downtown Shuttle was born from a need to solve the transportation problems presented by Chattanooga's long, narrow downtown. Visitors to the city wanted to see the Tennessee Aquarium and the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo, but with more than one and a half miles between the two destinations, walking was not a practical option for most visitors. A high frequency downtown circulator was deemed the ideal solution. The city has received national recognition from US News & World Report's designation of Chattanooga as one of the countries ‘Smart Cities’ to FamilyFun Magazine which rated Chattanooga as one of 10 ‘Family Friendly Cities’. Project History: The Planning and Design Center in Chattanooga has been the source of most of the successful visionary initiatives for the city. The Planning and Design Center grew out of the local architectural community's desire for University of Tennessee students to focus their work on design projects in Chattanooga. In 1981, Stroud Watson, professor of architecture at UTK and founding director of UTK's Urban Design Program, received funding from the Lyndhurst Foundation to establish a laboratory for use by students to explore urban design problems in Chattanooga. Later these funds were matched by funding from the city of Chattanooga. Today, a mix of funding which supports this creative partnership comes from Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency, RiverValley Partners, Inc., the Lyndhurst Foundation and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Architecture and Planning. The ‘Masonry: Works in Public’ project is two-fold: brick sculptures are designed by local artists and then erected by brick masons on the sidewalks of downtown Chattanooga. Part of the Streetscape Program, this public art project began in 1992. It represents a collaboration between the Masonry Association of Chattanooga, the Association of Visual Artists (AVA), and the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).