WELCOME TO OUR NEIGHBORHOOD!
First developed in 1893, Virginia-Highland (VaHi) in northeast Atlanta was one of the city's original 'trolley suburbs.' The neighborhood's borders - Briarcliff Road on the east, Ponce de Leon on the south, the BeltLine and Piedmont Park on the west, and Amsterdam Avenue on the north – were formalized in the early 1970’s amid a multiyear fight that stopped the Georgia Highway Department from building a four-lane freeway across the community. Land cleared along Virginia Avenue for that road was turned into John Howell Park.
Today's VaHi has the city's oldest continuously operating fire station, a public library, three parks, more than a half dozen places of worship, and a historic commercial corridor of restaurants & shops. Springdale Park Elementary - better known as 'SPARK' - sits on VaHi's eastern border; Grady High is on the western. They join Inman School and the newly reopened Howard MIddle School in the Old Fourth Ward as our public schools.
The Virginia-Highland Civic Association (VHCA) is led by a board of elected volunteers and is the community's official (but not sole) voice on city regulatory efforts such as, development, land use, zoning, festivals, special events, alcohol licenses, legislation, and other quality of life issues. All neighborhood residents are eligible for membership to VHCA but must opt-in by signing up here.
The association’s public events – Summerfest (in early June) and the Tour of Homes (in late fall) - are volunteer-intense productions that generate funding for planning, parks, schools, libraries, community organizations, and nonprofits. Many activities and social events are documented in the online VaHi Voice.
Our Planning Committee and Board meet monthly; please check our calendar and join us. Questions? See our specific committee headings, or use the following links to contact us.