Terry Ballinger moved to downtown Chattanooga 12 years ago, a decision he said he has never regretted. In 2001, he bought a condo in the Lovemans Building on Market Street. "At that time it was intriguing and it fulfilled logistic needs," he said.
Judith Schorr has seen lots of change since moving to the historic Highland Park neighborhood in 1975.
Some Chattanooga developers are finding spots of growth in a housing market still recovering from the recession.
"[The city] offers a great balance between business and outdoor fun. It has the resources and ability to do big things but is small enough that you can move here and quickly be part of the community." -- Jack Studer, Lamp Post partner, "Gig City" contest leader
Nearly 1,000 new apartments and duplex units fueled a rental market resurgence in Chattanooga in the past year, as long-planned developments completed construction and opened for business.
"We continue to be a wonderful neighborhood in which to reside, even though we have to look elsewhere for most necessities, except for groceries and medical needs. I wasn't born in Red Bank, but I got here as quick as I could." -- Joe Glasscock, former mayor
I like the community feeling. I feel very secure." -- Alice Benz, Signal Mountain resident
We moved there for the schools. It's a close-knit community, and it's relatively close to Chattanooga." -- Chastity Davis, Soddy-Daisy resident
It's nice and quiet. People are friendly -- we all look out for each other." -- Denise Archer, stylist at The Peak Salon in Walden
You have got incredibly friendly people in this town. And loyal -- we have very loyal customers. One man has come back for over 20 years." -- Mary Bryant, manager of Magoo's Restaurant