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2019 Projects

Check out what we have going on this year!

  •   HRA maintains four gateway locations within the neighborhood — Fairfield & Robinson, Centenary & Kings Highway and Columbia Park flower beds at Rutherford Street and Columbia Street entrances. This year, HRA will continue to refurbish each gateway with plants and flowers and maintain irrigation systems on those with them.
  • Since 1977, HRA has hosted a biennial Christmas Tour of Homes  to bring people into the Highland neighborhood to experience its charm and diverse architecture. The tour has grown from a single evening tour to a two-day event that boasts complimentary trolley rides and highlights neighborhood artists and businesses. The candlelight tour is held the second Saturday in December through the grandiose homes along Fairfield Avenue. The Sunday afternoon tour brings guests into the heart of the neighborhood.
  • HRA assisted ReForm Shreveport and Shreveport Public Assembly & Recreation with tree plantings, cleanups and other improvements at Highland Park in 2018. This year, HRA will design and purchase distance markers to be places along the park’s newly re-paved walking path. Each marker will include an interesting fact about the neighborhood to educate those using the track on the neighborhood and possibly entice them to explore more of it.
  • Initiate a $250 mini grant to fund minor exterior home repairs for neighborhood residents over the age of 60. These repairs will be open to dues-paying members. More details on the application process will be released this spring.
  • Highland Heroes is an annual potluck dinner hosted at Fire Station 7 on Wilkinson Street in October. Neighborhood residents are encouraged to bring a dish and share a meal with Highland firefighters, patrol officers and other first responders. The event is a great way for us to meet those serving the neighborhood.
  • Coordinate and identify neighborhood residents who could benefit from The Big Event, Centenary College’s student-led, large scale day of service uniting the college with its neighbors.
  • Paint the Highland sign at the intersection of Marshall Street and Gilbert Drive.
  • Installation of new historic district signs in Highland. Details on how to acquire one of the existing brown signs will be revealed at the Jan. 17 General Membership Meeting.
  • Award quarterly Neighborhood Improvement Awards to residents making extraordinary exterior improvements their homes. Email nominations to [email protected]
  • Participation in United Way Day of Caring — a one-day, community-wide event allowing volunteers to see their contributions at work. Project details have not been ironed out and ideas can be emailed to [email protected]
  • Participation in Give for Good – a 24-hour online giving challenge that brings north Louisiana together to benefit nonprofits. HRA plans to work on a fun event for those who donate. Ideas can be emailed to [email protected]
  • Host litter cleanups on the second Saturday of every month to beautify the neighborhood. HRA provides the trash bags, grabbers, gloves and water. Start time is typically 9 a.m. but can change due to weather.

 

2019 GENERAL MEETINGS

Thursday, Oct. 17

6:30 -8 p.m. | Noel United Methodist Church, 520 Herndon St.

Ever wonder what all goes into restoring a historic home?Join us on Oct. 17 for the fall membership meeting as Highland homeowners Austin & Alorah Wiseman share tips of bringing new life to older homes. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. at Noel United Methodist Church, 520 Herndon St.

The couple has a few Highland projects in the works, including the Studio House, a 1922 home named for its roots as a dance studio, possibly the first in Shreveport. They have two key focuses when restoring a home. The first is overcoming the objections that might deter home buyers from purchasing an old home such as electrical wiring, plumbing, heating & cooling efficiency and the foundation. 

They also use travel experiences and Pinterest and Instagram to keep up with what’s up and coming in home renovation to add a uniqueness to their projects. The homes they restore are carefully planned and thought out. 

“It’s important to us to take what was old and run down and offer it new life through color, texture and innovative design.” Austin says. “ It is our desire to bring life back to what most deem old and dated. We believe Shreveport is unique and full of life, and our oldest most loved neighborhoods should reflect that.” 

Thursday, Aug. 15

6:30 -8 p.m. | Noel United Methodist Church, 520 Herndon St. 

Concerned about crime in Highland?

Then you won’t want to miss our summer general membership meeting.

Join us for a conversation with Shreveport Police Chief Ben Raymond and Community Liaison Officer Cpl. Jason Cook on neighborhood crime. Chief Raymond and Cpl. Cook will offer insight into area crime statistics and the initiatives SPD has taken to improve the perception of crime in Shreveport.  

A particular focus will be put on reports of gunshots and how SPD handles those reports. 

Thursday, May 16

6:30 -8 p.m. | Noel United Methodist Church, 520 Herndon St. 

Join us at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16 for a panel discussion on reducing blight in Highland. Terrence Green, Shreveport’s interim property standards director, will offer insight into how his department processes complaints and the best way to report a concern.  He’ll be joined by Adam Bailey, community planning and design manager for Shreveport Metropolitan Planning Commission, who will talk about the newly created Historic Overlay Districts and how the added layer of regulation applies to Highland. In addition, Tom Arceneaux, with the Shreveport Implementation and Redevelopment Authority, will join the conversation.

Thursday, January 17

6:30 -8 p.m. | Noel United Methodist Church, 520 Herndon St. 

Architect Christopher Coe will discuss his restoration of the 1934 John S. Preston House, which was designed by noted architect William Wiener Sr.

The meeting also will include the election of 2019 board of directors.

Refreshments from Monjunis will be provided, and the talk is open to the public.

Fall Cleanup – September 10, 2016

Fall Cleanup – September 10, 2016 – In preparation of the annual Highland Jazz & Blues Festival, volunteers are needed to clean up the neighborhood around Columbia Park, 600 Columbia St, Shreveport, LA 71104 – Join us from 8:00 am – 10:00 am in the parking lot.  HRA will furnish trash bags, work gloves and tools to pick up the trash.

Come the following weekend and enjoy the annual event on Sat. Sept. 17.  http://www.highlandjazzandblues.org/

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