‘Apartheid,’ ‘Jim Crow’: Chattanooga council has concerns over riverfront project

Jun 15, 2023 | Political News

As proponents seek to reserve up to $115 million in public funds to support the revitalization of approximately 300 acres in Chattanooga's Westside, they will have to address concerns from members of the City Council comparing the plan to past eras of segregation.

“When the Westside was built, it was intentionally a segregated neighborhood,” Council Vice Chairwoman Jenny Hill, of North Chattanooga, said during a meeting on Tuesday. “We created apartheid with that.”

She said she has no desire to use special tax financing to build a community that is “an exclusive neighborhood for a privileged few.”