Except for the faded green signs notifying motorists they are in fact leaving Chattanooga and entering The City of East Ridge – you’d be forgiven for missing any other obvious signs of a break between the two municipalities. East Ridge is sandwiched basically between Interstate 24 and the Georgia State Line and beginning somewhere in the eastern shadow of Missionary Ridge. The 1950’s and 60’s saw this area boom with new suburbs popping up in a massive eastern expansion of the Chattanooga Metro area. Additional building continued in subsequent decades in the further eastern areas, especially around the Camp Jordan Park. In more recent years new construction has begun to pop up in the only remaining undeveloped spots around the city.
Described as a “Main Street” Community – the main street here is Ringgold Road which runs the full length of the city. Serving as the main commercial corridor the built environment along this main artery consists of a mix of “mom and pop” small businesses and recognizable national retailers. Recent commercial development has really taken off in recent years around the “Exit One” area along Interstate-75 with higher profile restaurants and establishments setting up shop at this major Tennessee Gateway.
The majority of housing options in East Ridge fall into the category of modest Mid Century Ranchers. That being said, a smattering of multi-family, mid-sized apartment complexes and other housing types and styles can be found throughout. Being rather centrally located with equally easy access to downtown and “big box” shopping centers in the other direction – East Ridge seems in the mind of most people to be on the rise. Stayed tuned in to this small city, there’s still more to come on the horizon.
Geography: East Ridge is defined by I-24 to the north, Missionary Ridge to the west, The S Chickamauga Creek to the east, and the Georgia State Line to the south.
Accessibility: East Ridge has many points of entry and exit along its long stretch of territory. I-24 runs along its entire northern boundary with South Terrace acting as a feeder road entering and exiting the Interstate. S Seminole, Belvoir/John Ross Rd, and McBrien Rd run the full length North to South and give access across I-24 to Brainerd. The main commercial road Ringgold Rd runs the full length and ducks under Missionary Ridge through the Bachman Tunnels straight into downtown.
Transport: Being built in the midst of suburban boom times as you can imagine the almighty car is king in East Ridge. Some dedicated bicycle lanes can be found along Ringgold Rd and maybe a few other roads.
-Price Ranges: $100k’s – $300k+
-Population/Square Mile: 2,102.6