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Southside Chattanooga looks like many other gentrified Southern neighborhoods. Remote workers hunch over laptops at third-wave coffee shops. Young families sit down to farm-to-table brunch. Couples on axe-throwing dates sip craft beer. But if you linger long enough, you may notice something off.

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