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Front Page - Friday, September 14, 2018

Name that alley

Nashville has Printer’s Alley, Seattle has Post Alley and now Chattanooga will soon have a destination alley of its own. Community members can vote on the name of the alley where the new permanent installation will be installed in October.

The alley name has been narrowed to four options sourced from building and business owners surrounding the alley. The options include:

The 700

The alley is located between the 700 block of Market and the 700 block of Cherry Streets.

Cooper’s Alley

This name would pay homage to the historic Cooper’s Office Supply buildings that front Cherry Street and back onto the alley.

Kress Alley

This name would pay homage to the S. H. Kress & Co. department store, which from 1905-1954 was located at 706 Market Street.

Market Alley

The alley is in close proximity to Market Street and hearkens to its accessibility through the arcade at Market City Center.

The selected name will be used in signage for the area and in marketing the alley for subsequent events happening in the space once the installation is in place this fall. Community members will be able to submit one vote for one option through Friday, Sept. 21 at www.rivercitycompany.com.

Located between the 700 blocks of Market and Cherry Streets, the 6,200-square-foot alley will house City Thread, a concept from SPORTS, the architecture and design collaborative of Molly Hunker and Greg Corso in Syracuse, New York, which was selected as the Passageways 2.0 winner.

City Thread is an art-as-urban-infrastructure installation that uses a continuous sculpture through the alley that allows for a multitude of uses including informal lounging, mini-stages, framing community murals or art, large gatherings, a farmers’ market, movie screenings and more.

A soon-to-be-announced public unveiling party for the Passageways 2.0 installation will be held to introduce Chattanoogans to their newest public space. In addition to the opening event, River City Company will program this space with events.

Source: River City Company