Chattanooga Organized For Action
The mission of Chattanooga Organized for Action is to assist individuals and organizations in becoming the essential agents of real systemic change to achieve social, economic and environmental justice.
We're excited to share the investigative series "The Lost Way," which debuts this week in three installments. Reporters Joan Garrett McClane and Joy Lukachick Smith have spent the last year in research on the famed "Chattanooga Way" and the original community-wide planning process Chattanooga Venture. Through personal letters, archival material, and interviews with over 50 individuals, the Times Free Press has provided an in-depth account of early hopes as well as what went wrong. "The Lost Way" cuts through the ubiquitous acclaim of public-private partnerships and PR spin to show how downtown development destroyed its own community participation and left a list of growing social problems.
COA's People's History Walking Tours, as well as the coalition-building work of CALEB are featured in the last chapter of the series. We encourage you to check it out.