Safety, accessibility, and art on Glass Street in Chattanooga, TN

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About 300 local residents have helped create the Glass Street Gateway. | Photo provided by Glass House Collective

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  • Improved safety? ✅
  • Easier access to a grocery in a food desert? ✅
  • New, engaging public spaces? ✅

That’s the result of the Glass Street Gateway, a project that uses art as a relatively low-cost approach to activating neighborhood streets.

Glass Street Gateway — by the numbers

🎨 $25,000: Amount of grant funding from the Asphalt Art Initiative that went toward the gateway project

🎨 210: Cities that applied for the grant

🎨 16: Cities that got the grant (including us)

🎨 300: Local residents who provided input about the project

Gateway features

  • Large asphalt mural designed by students at nearby Hardy Elementary School + Chattanooga mural artist Kevin Bate
  • Revamping the public space with planters and benches
  • A safe walking area for residents to get to the new Save-A-Lot grocery store (2300 Dodson Ave.) — a source of healthy food in the area otherwise classified as a food desert


🎉The unveiling ceremony will be Sat., Apr. 24. + the public is welcome.

🎉There will be guest speakers and live music provided by SoundCorps.

🎉Also expect a food truck, children’s activities, public mural paintings, and roller skating provided by Chattanooga-based Moonlight Roller.

🎉COVID-19 protocols, including mask-wearing and social distancing, will be observed.

Who made this possible?

Glass House Collective, in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Lyndhurst Foundation + local residents, pastors, students + business owners.