Get Rid Of The Real Eyesore

Monday, June 9, 2014

The people of Chattanooga are getting really tired of hearing about that silly barge on the Tennessee River that’s such an “eyesore.”  Granted, the barge is an eyesore --- but to a limited few and mostly locals.  Why doesn’t our illustrious mayor address the real eyesores of the old steel mills and abandoned manufacturing facilities that are the first things visitors see when coming into or through the city of Chattanooga?   

Many people don’t stop in Chattanooga – they just pass through on I-24.  And what’s the first thing they see as they round historic Moccasin Bend?   A bunch of abandoned, decrepit buildings with windows broken out, roofs sagging, grass overgrowing the parking lots, and garbage in general.   

If Chattanooga wants to make an impression on visitors and become a city that folks want to visit, they need to look like a city that folks would want to visit.  Forget the barge --- address the sites that are seen by everyone coming into or through Chattanooga.  First impressions count and Chattanooga leaves a very poor one.

Susan Bailey
Hixson

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