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Journal of Tourism Futures, vol. 7 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2055-5911

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Publication date: 8 August 2016

Bernard M. Kitheka, Elizabeth D. Baldwin, David L. White and Daniel N. Harding

The purpose of this paper is to try to understand the process of community building that helped transform the City of Chattanooga to become one of the greenest cities in the…

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to try to understand the process of community building that helped transform the City of Chattanooga to become one of the greenest cities in the country and why the sustainability program worked for Chattanooga.

Design/methodology/approach

In total, 30 key informants, identified through snowball sampling, were interviewed. To corroborate the interview data, numerous documents were reviewed and repeat field visits to Chattanooga and surrounding area conducted over a period of three-and-a-half years. Interview data were analyzed using MAXQDA qualitative data analysis software.

Findings

Findings show that the transformation process from “the dirtiest city in America” to “green city” was mainly a community agenda. Led by concerned private citizens and visionaries, Chattanooga went through aggressive community mobilization, citizen empowerment and participation in environmental improvement, building of social capital and economic revitalization.

Research limitations/implications

Research limitations include under coverage and researcher bias.

Practical implications

Lessons for cities that share the same industrial history as Chattanooga.

Social implications

Community-building and community participation can work in a collectivist culture.

Originality/value

The lead author collected the data, conducted analysis and did all the writing with mentoring from the co-authors.

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International Journal of Tourism Cities, vol. 2 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2056-5607

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