Hundreds of community planners explore Chattanooga for international conference

Placemaking Week brings 400 to explore the Scenic City

Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Gary Jones, center, talks to a group about the cemetery at Beck Knob Cemetery during the "African American Placemakers in Action" mobile workshop, a part of the third annual Placemaking Week, on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 in Chattanooga, Tenn. Jones is with Hurst United Methodist Church.
photo Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Workshop attendees tour Beck Knob Cemetery during the "African American Placemakers in Action" mobile workshop, a part of the third annual Placemaking Week, on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Hundreds of community planners from across the globe are exploring public spaces in Chattanooga this week, tackling topics from homelessness and processing the pain of the past to building more walkable communities and connecting people through public art.

"It has been amazing," said Josiah Golson, a Chattanooga lawyer and artist who helped organize Placemaking Week. "We are hosting placemakers from Florida, from throughout the South, from Washington, D.C., from Portland."

The international conference created by the Project for Public Spaces visited Vancouver and Amsterdam for its first two Placemaking Week events.