A Different View From Hamilton Flourishing

Friday, March 8, 2019

Chattanooga Organized for Action, in a report earlier this year entitled "Negro Removal in Chattanooga: The Impact of Market-Based Development on Communities of Color," claimed that the new development going on in Chattanooga is an attempt to remove blacks from their homes in our city and replace them with whites.

Apparently COA believes that the decision-makers in Chattanooga want to turn the city into a Mecca for rich white people, and doesn't care about improving the lives of poor African-Americans.

Hamilton Flourishing - a new non-profit - challenges this claim by COA, noting that they provide no data to prove their accusation. In a report linked to this story, Hamilton Flourishing also demonstrates that the data COA uses to prove that blacks are being forced out of their homes is recognized as unreliable in the community of professional research.

This new report especially expresses disappointment with the inflammatory language used by COA, explaining that such language is counterproductive to the kind of relationship-building we need to solve our city's problems.

In an attempt to demonstrate positive concern for the welfare of our city and Hamilton County, Hamilton Flourishing has invested in a study of affordable housing for our citizens. The organization recognizes that housing is a growing problem in Chattanooga and Hamilton County, as it is across our country. It is a problem that affects, not only the poor, but the middle class as well, irrespective of racial background.

In this report, Hamilton Flourishing gives credit to the many efforts currently being made to address this problem by our city and county.

The organization also seeks to join the conversation by making several recommendations of its own, such as

• adding transportation costs to affordable housing estimates,

• educating our citizens about the housing problem so they will be more cooperative with efforts to make improvements, and

• targeting of professions that are critical for the welfare and safety of our community to be sure they have good housing, such as our teachers, policemen, firemen, and veterans.

Hamilton Flourishing calls all our community to support the good efforts being made, and to build the respectful and peaceful relationships that are required for us to solve our problems. We at Hamilton Flourishing want to see the peace and prosperity of the county grow for every citizen. We long to see the day when people are not talking about “inequity” but “inclusion and equal participation.”

The report, and further information about Hamilton Flourishing, may be found by visiting the website: https://hamiltonflourishing.org/affordablehousingreport

Doug Daugherty

President of Hamilton Flourishing 


Growth Can Continue At Ooltewah On Septic Tanks

Send Your Opinions To Chattanoogan.com; Include Your Full Name, Address, Phone Number For Verification

Rep. Travis: Weekly Legislative Wrap


I want to set the record straight about growth in North Hamilton County. On Feb. 21, 2019, County Mayor Coppinger called a “reset” meeting with the residents of Ooltewah/Harrison over the ... (click for more)

We welcome your opinions at Chattanoogan.com. Email to news@chattanoogan.com . We require your real first and last name and contact information. This includes your home address and phone ... (click for more)

Sergeant Baker Bill Passes In The House This week, House Republicans approved House Bill 258, known as the Sergeant Baker Act. This initiative removes the intermediate appeal to the ... (click for more)


Opinion

Growth Can Continue At Ooltewah On Septic Tanks

I want to set the record straight about growth in North Hamilton County. On Feb. 21, 2019, County Mayor Coppinger called a “reset” meeting with the residents of Ooltewah/Harrison over the proposed sewer plant in North Hamilton County. In front of this community, I stood up and specifically asked the county mayor if growth could continue in Ooltewah and Harrison on septic tanks ... (click for more)

Send Your Opinions To Chattanoogan.com; Include Your Full Name, Address, Phone Number For Verification

We welcome your opinions at Chattanoogan.com. Email to news@chattanoogan.com . We require your real first and last name and contact information. This includes your home address and phone number. We do not post the contact information, but need it for verification. There is no word limit, but if your article is too long you may lose your reader. Please focus more on issues ... (click for more)

Breaking News

3 Men Shot In 3 Separate Incidents Overnight

Three men were shot overnight in three separate shootings. At approximately 7:33 p.m. on Monday, Chattanooga Police responded to a report of a shooting in the 1900 block of Garfield Street. Upon arrival, police located evidence of a crime scene and secured the scene. While on the scene, police were advised by a local hospital that a man, 49, had arrived with non-life ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Council Puts Off Vote On Water Rates Until All Members Are Present

An important item on the Signal Mountain Council’s meeting agenda for Monday night was tabled until the next meeting, anticipating that all five council members will present. That was done because Mayor Dan Landrum was concerned with appearances of a vote by just three council members. Both Vice Mayor Amy Speek and Councilmember Robert Spalding were absent. An ordinance that ... (click for more)

Sports

Mocs Introduce New Flagship Radio Station For Football, Basketball Starting This Fall

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and its athletics multimedia rightsholder, Mocs Sports Properties, announced Tuesday that "The Big Jet FLI" will be the new flagship radio home for football, men's and women's basketball, and seasonal coaches' shows for the next five years. Concurrent with the 2019-20 collegiate athletics season, WFLI 1070 AM and 97.7 FM will air live ... (click for more)

Randy Smith: Ya' Gotta Love Bruce

Sunday was an amazing day in college basketball. Two of the highest seeds in the NCAA Tournament, Duke and Tennessee were almost upset on their way to the Sweet 16 but both teams rallied for the win. Top seeded Duke coming from behind late to hold off UCF 77-76 while the 2nd seeded Volunteers played as well as they have all season leading Iowa by 21 in the first half, then played ... (click for more)