The magazine "This Old House" has named Church Hill one of the best nine "old house" neighborhoods in the South. [NOTE: I am a little perturbed that Baltimore, Maryland and Wheeling, West Virginia were included in "the South." Hello, basic geography and Mason-Dixon line?] I also have been to several of the other neighborhoods - Meridian, Mississippi, Newnan, Georgia, Durham, North Carolina, and the Lower Garden District, New Orleans (where I actually lived after college - LOVE the Big Easy!) - so I know what an honor it was to be in the company of these neighborhoods.
However, within days of this release, another organization named Church Hill one of the Top 10 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods IN THE NATION. Here's that article.
The data came from some site called "neighborhoodscout," which looks a lot like Zillow or Trulia, but appears to be in only the beta testing stage.
So, which is it? Awesome place to live, or scary dangerous? I've never lived there, so I'm not taking a position on the issue. I am happy to hear from anyone who has an opinion. I just think that it's the absolute height of irony, these two articles being released so close together. For the sake of our City, let's just hope good news triumphs over bad. OR, if there is a crime problem that is going unaddressed, maybe this rating as 10th Most Dangerous Neighborhood in the Country will be an impetus for some dialogue on a possible solution and re-direction of some crime-fighting resources. Let's take lemons and make lemonade!