|Highland Park Residents join together for an ice cream social|
at the Highland Park Neighborhood Center
|Highland Park resident Jack Money serenades|
the neighborhood at an impromptu Forth of July celebration
"In August of 1990 Ginnie Tatum had had enough [of crime, dereliction, drug dealers, and prostitutes] and went door to door with a handmade flyer inviting concerned citizens to meet together and discuss the situation in the neighborhood. The Highland Park Neighborhood Watch Association was born and a first meeting was attended by nine people. The group met in various places including the Lion’s Club and the Girl’s Club on Greenwood Avenue. In March of 1991 the first election was held and Judith Schorr was elected president. The neighborhood group became more active and collected 700 signatures to present to the city to obtain R-1 zoning. A large group began attending City Council meetings wearing red, white, and blue t-shirts stating "I support Highland Park Neighborhood Watch." These shirts became well known throughout the city!"Thanks to the active support of its residents and the tireless work of the HP Neighborhood Association to work with Tennessee Temple University, the City of Chattanooga, the Chattanooga Police, and neighboring businesses, Highland Park has come a long way. Many of the grand old homes have been revitalized, and the HP Neighborhood Association has been able to add beautification projects and socials to its calendar. Highland Park house flags, street sign toppers, and signs demarcating the borders of the neighborhood have all been put in place in recent years, increasing neighborhood pride and a sense of place.
|A photo from a local resident's baby shower, hosted at|
the Highland Park Neighborhood Center, which can be
rented for private functions as well as neighborhood business
Whether you are looking for a neighborhood where you can get involved, are starting a neighborhood association in your own neck of the woods, or are simply happy to hear about progress in your home town, Highland Park and its neighborhood association are a great example to look to.