At least 18 households will participate in a communitywide yard sale in Highland Park Saturday.
More than just a yard sale, the day will also feature food and drink vendors and an adoption fundraiser by the Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga. The day will also highlight the positive changes residents have made in the area.
The idea for the yard sale came from discussions at the Highland Park Neighborhood Association. Members were seeking ways to create events to help change the negative reputation of Highland Park among the broader community.
“Longtime residents in Chattanooga and Hamilton County have an outdated perspective of Highland Park, and we want to change their minds,” Olivia Karavatakis, HPNA social chair, said. “We want people to stroll our streets and see the beauty in the old houses, our tree-lined streets [and] green parks, and meet the amazingly friendly neighbors we have here.”
One of the city’s first suburbs, Highland Park was created in the late 19th century for middle-class families. It quickly garnered a reputation as a premier section of the city, with large homes and thriving businesses.
Highland Park is perfectly square-bordered with boundaries set by McCallie Avenue, East Main Street, South Holtzclaw and South Willow Street.
As Chattanooga began to expand outward to other areas-Brainerd, Hamilton Place and Northgate-the Highland Park area became less desirable throughout the years.
But much has changed in the past decade for the neighborhood. Artists, young professionals, newlyweds, academics and downtown employees are all represented within Highland Park, and the area continues to evolve and re-emerge.
In case of rain, the yard sale will be moved to Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
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