The entrepreneurial spirit continues to rise in Chattanooga through innovation and technology. Companies are growing, communities are expanding and the demands for urban housing is becoming greater. The concept of co-living is also increasing in popularity, and though it is not yet widespread, the potential for it is there. Finding a furnished place to live at a lower cost with no long-term commitment draws great appeal, especially for an adventurous entrepreneur or young professional searching for the right location to set up shop. Sites like Coliving.com could assist in making that search even easier. It asks for your country, city or state to find developments that fit the mold. Currently, there are only one or two locations found in major cities such as Chicago, Mountain View and Palo Alto. But there are already 12 co-living developments in New York and 16 in San Francisco, and surely the numbers will continue to grow.
With these much larger cities on the list, I am proud to see Chattanooga among the cities leading this movement. Notably, we've also received national press from the likes of the WSJ and Curbed. The Tomorrow Building features 35,000 feet of renovated space from the empty shell of an 1888 bar and hotel. All of the design, furnishings and management are supported by Chattanooga-based companies. Smart Furniture Studio and their talented interior designers beautifully furnished the microunits, lounges and common areas with a fresh look.
If this was available in Chattanooga ten years ago, The Tomorrow Building might have been my home. But ten years ago, we didn't have the resources we have today; we weren't yet, 'The Gig City'. We didn't have the Innovation District and The Edney Building, or Causeway, or the Chattanooga Design Studio. Our entrepreneurial city is well positioned to handle growth, innovation and technology in a way that will maintain stability. I have witnessed it and I am proud to call Chattanooga my home.