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"Scenic Roots" offers conversations that matter in the heart of Chattanooga and the Tennessee Valley.From the mountains to the river, our conversations are rooted deep within every corner of our community - reflecting who we are, who we were and who we can become.We engage with the news that affects our community, behind and beyond the headlines. We build bridges that span from creators and innovators to storytellers and the outdoors. We focus on our challenges as many communities in one - as we celebrate what inspires us. We resonate with countless voices - in words and spaces, sounds and songs.We are "Scenic Roots."Ray Bassett hosts and produces "Scenic Roots" at WUTC.

Imagining An Urban Future at Chattanooga Design Studio

Chattanooga Design Studio’s logo.
Chattanooga Design Studio
Chattanooga Design Studio’s logo.

Visit the website of Chattanooga Design Studio - and these words banner the top of the homepage, quote: “We believe urban design can improve the quality of life for all Chattanoogans.”

These days, the Studio - a community nonprofit that promotes excellence in urban design through education, facilitation and collaboration - is involved in a few major projects for this city’s future, from the Westside to Broad Street to Montague Park.

On this episode of Scenic Roots, we’re talking with Eric Myers, the Studio’s executive director - and Johanna Heywood, an engineer at SM+E, who chairs the Studio’s Board of Directors.