Chattanooga, TN

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A Look Into the Chattanooga Neighborhoods

A small city in the hills of the Appalachian Mountains that can has been overshadowed by other Tennessee cities like Memphis or Nashville, has an unique story within the Chattanooga neighborhoods of the urban community.

Population: Less than 180,000
Chattanooga Black Population: 34%
Rank in State: Tennessee’s 4th largest city
Poverty Rate: 21%
Average Income: $25,600


Chattanooga Black History

Chattanooga black history includes the days of the city thriving and the black community growing during the mid-1900s to the days where the Klu Klux Klan would protest and even attack the community due the hatred they had for the Chattanooga black population.

In the beginning, most of the Chattanooga black population was limited to only visiting and living in a few places of the city, places like 9th Street (now MLK) and a few of other areas during the days of segregation.

Some of the African-American communities were in the location of areas that consisted of the Chattanooga ghetto with bad living conditions and were often isolated from the rest of the city.

Generations later, some of the Chattanooga neighborhoods that were the most known were the housing projects, with the first being College Court, East Lake, and Boone Heights, all built around the 1950s.

Boone Heights started out as an all-white complex named Boone-Hysinger, until blacks were allowed to move in the community and eventually changed the name to the Harriet Tubman Homes as the surrounding area of the East Side were becoming African-American.

Boone Heights would later be sold back to the city and closed by the 2010s.

Similar to Boone Heights, were other housing projects like the Poss Homes off S. Market and McCallie Homes of Alton Park (see below) were either demolish or rebuilt.

When the industries and factories closed, many people moved out of the city into the suburbs of Chattanooga.

Today, the same group of people that left the city are now returning, with gentrification in the Chattanooga ghetto on the East Side, in parts of Highland Park, the South Side, and around the Downtown area.

People from places like Lookout Mountain are slowly moving back into the city, turning a new chapter in the Chattanooga black history story.


‘Hoods and Communities

Below is only a few of the urban Chattanooga neighborhoods of the city’s South and East Side’s in the heart of the Chattanooga ghetto.

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The old Boone Heights of the East Side.
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The East Lake community.
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A housing project on the city’s West Side.
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A housing complex off of Wilson Road on the South Side.
The rebuilt McCallie Homes of Alton Park.


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