Boulevard Heights is one of intown Atlanta's best kept secrets.
Adjacent to Grant Park, East Atlanta and Ormewood Park, Boulevard Heights, or BOHO, is a diverse and vibrant community of roughly 550 homes and growing.
BOHO is bordered by United Ave and the Atlanta Beltline to the north, a State Facility to the east, Boulevard NE to the west and Intrenchment Creek to the south.
In order to have balanced and efficient representation in NPU-W, Boulevard Heights, along with several other neighborhoods/communities (Benteen Park, Glenwood Park, McDonough/Guice, North Ormewood Park, Ormewood Park, and Woodland Hills) are part of South Atlantans for Neighborhood Development or SAND. In turn, SAND along with Grant Park and East Atlanta, presents recommendations to, and has representation in, NPU-W.
There are many nearby neighborhoods with interesting things to enjoy in southeast Atlanta.
- The closest to us (within easy walking distance) is the Grant Park neighborhood, home of its namesake park and Zoo Atlanta, breweries, markets, and restaurants, and the can't-miss Grant Park Farmer's Market at The Beacon on Sundays, seasonally.
- To our east (roughly 2 miles away) is East Atlanta and East Atlanta Village, home to many restaurants, bars/nightclubs, and unique stores. There is also an East Atlanta Village Farmer's Market.
- The SAND website has some links to other nearby Atlanta neighborhood websites.
Geography, Topology, and Neighborhood Spirit
Boulevard Heights is located in southeast Atlanta and is one of the city's more than 240 recognized neighborhoods. We are part of Neighborhood Planning Unit-W (or NPU-W). The City of Atlanta is divided into twenty-five NPUs, which are citizen advisory councils that make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on zoning, land use, and other planning issues. The NPU system was established in 1974.
The neighborhood is directly situated on the Atlanta Beltline, a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting 45 neighborhoods directly to each other. The north border of the neighborhood contains the planned Beltline right of way. To the west, the neighborhood shares a border with Boulevard Crossing Park. The First Phase of the park, two sports fields, opened for use in the fall of 2011. Phase two of the park development is expected to begin 2024 - 2025.
Our neighborhood is known for its active neighborhood organization and regular planned activities such as neighborhood cleanups, cookouts, and community garden space which is seasonally maintained by several involved neighbors. BOHO is an extremely close knit community with very active crime watch, an active Facebook community, and well-populated private Google Group to facilitate neighborhood communication. We have a strong sense of neighborhood pride and concern; everybody knows everybody and tends to look out for one another.
To give an idea of how seriously our local SAND neighborhoods take public safety, the community banded together to create the Trolley Patrol for added off-duty policing in the area. It was a private neighborhood security patrol open to the residents of Benteen Park, Boulevard Heights, McDonough-Guice, North Ormewood Park, Ormewood Park and Woodland Hills. You may see neighbors with signs advertising The Trolley Patrol in their yards to this day, but as of 2019, crime is at such an all-time low, the service was deemed unnecessary and has gone offline.
And to that point, while no one wants to think about crime happening, it's important to recognize: We do live in a high-density urban environment, and with more population comes chances for opportunistic crime. It's important to recognize this point and make wise decisions about how we all behave. Like ... Don't leave anything clearly visible in your car for any reason, or any period of time, including "mystery" items like bags and backpacks, as this, in any urban area, will lead to you becoming a victim. Lock your doors. all 9-1-1 to report suspicious activities, and encourage guests to do the same.
Local Newspaper - The Porch Press
The local neighborhood monthly newspaper, the Porch Press, is distributed to 7,000 residences in southeast Atlanta and serves historic Atlanta neighborhoods of Grant Park, Ormewood Park, East Atlanta Village, Benteen Park, Glenwood Park, Boulevard Heights and more. Find the current issue, as well as previous archived issues, online at the Porch Press website.
The off-yellow polygon to the left of the State Facility outlines the borders of our neighborhood