Audio: Chattanooga City Council — Dec. 16, 2008
Four areas in Chattanooga’s inner city have the highest rates of crime, along with the worst housing troubles, and one council member said Tuesday the problems need to be addressed.
“This looks like an agenda for the mayor and the City Council over the next four years,” said City Councilwoman Sally Robinson.
David Eichenthal, Ochs Center president and chief executive officer, told council members that most housing problems are occurring in the Ridgedale-Oak Grove-Clifton Hills, South Chattanooga, Amnicola-East Chattanooga and Bushtown-Highland Park areas. Those also are the four areas with the highest amount of crime, he said.
Mr. Eichenthal said the areas also have high rates of poverty, economic disparity and low school attendance.
“They are troubling numbers,” he said.
In other business, the council approved Michael McMahan as interim city attorney.