Why you'd want to live in Highland Park
Highland Park is a middle-class family neighborhood that prides itself on short commutes and a strong sense of community. It was one of the first neighborhoods in the city to commence efforts to revitalize and battle Chattanooga’s tarnished reputation for being a decayed and polluted city. Today, the neighborhood is comprised of longtime African American and Baptist communities, an emerging Latino community, and an increasing number of university and hospital employees seeking a shorter commute. The area is bordered by East Martin Luther King, South Holtzclaw, West Main, and South Willow. Here, you will find renovated turn-of-the-century homes and a strong neighborhood association. Take a drive down any of the popular streets and you will find house toppers and flags denoting the historic neighborhood boundaries. This neighborhood contains many turn-of-the-century homes, many inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, including modestly sized bungalows, Queen Anne Victorians, larger two-story American Foursquare homes, and some newer construction and multi-family homes. This area is also home to three parks. Shaw Park is owned and operated by the neighborhood association and includes a small picnic and playground. Other parks include privately owned Highland Park commons and Tatum Park. The area’s revival has a distinction of not being fueled by boutique galleries, upscale restaurants, or tourist attractions. Consequently, Highland Park is not as expensive as its historic counterparts like Southside or North Chattanooga and is a great pick for affordable living and anyone seeking a sense of community.