Unlike the nation’s largest cities, urbanists and real estate developers see a bright future for Chattanooga’s downtown

Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / Dawn breaks over the Chattanooga skyline Sept. 6 as traffic moves on M.L. King Boulevard, through the West Village.

When the pandemic brought the economy to a standstill in 2020, downtown economies in cities across the nation fundamentally changed as a vast swath of workers transitioned to remote work to curb the spread of the disease.