Aislinn Kotifani

Chattanooga Gave One of its Most Popular Gathering Spots a Stunning Makeover

By August 13, 2021

Chattanooga wanted to improve access to high-quality outdoor spaces that made residents of all ages feel safe, secure, welcome, and connected. In 2019, Chattanooga was named one of the winning cities of the Made to Move grant by Degree and Blue Zones, giving an additional boost to their foundational work. The area surrounding Patten Towers, at Georgia Avenue and Market Street, was designated as a social hub, even with its modest benches and a few trees.  Using a community-driven design process, Chattanooga Design Studio and Enterprise Center in collaboration with Gehl Studio and local stakeholders gathered feedback to incorporate into…

7 Things to Do Now to Make Healthy Eating Easy and Fun

By June 18, 2021

None of the blue zones centenarians ever tried to live to 100. They don’t count calories, take fancy supplements, or even read labels. They simply eat foods that are local, in season, and readily available. They find ways to celebrate food with family and friends. They live in environments that subconsciously nudge them to into better eating habits. As we have applied the wisdom of the world’s Blue Zones diet to transform cities in the United States, we can do the same in our individual lives. You don’t have to live in a blue zones region to reap the…

What One Community Did to Fight Food Insecurity Amidst the Pandemic

By April 5, 2021

The pandemic changed the way we do just about everything. With schools closed, community programs derailed, and millions of workers sidelined, COVID-19 highlighted the weaknesses in communities across the U.S. Food insecurity (lack of access to sufficient food because of limited financial resources) across the country rose significantly, according to the Pew Research Center and Feeding America estimates that 45 million people (1 in 7), including 15 million children (1 in 5), may have experienced food insecurity in 2020. Just east of LA is Boyle Heights, home to almost 100,000 residents, many of whom are considered a vulnerable population….

Pull Up a Seat at the AntiRacist Table

By February 19, 2021

For most Americans, it’s either taboo or just extremely uncomfortable to talk about race and racism. However, we live in a society that is deeply segregated. So even though it is hard, talking about race is necessary. Out of this need, sisters Kirsten Ivey-Colson and Lynn Turner created The AntiRacist Table. It’s a platform that started as a 30-Day Challenge to help people learn, unlearn, heal, understand, and develop into changemakers that make antiracism a daily practice. It includes actionable tasks and steps that help people develop antiracism as a muscle they can build up the more they use…