During February and March, Hillcrest residents and merchants will join together to plant more trees in the neighborhood. Oaks and maples will be planted along Kavanaugh and Lee streets, and in addition on some side streets like Fairfax. In January, the HMA and HRA boards allocated additional funds for landscaping use in Hillcrest.
The groups are financially supporting the planting of trees and bushes by residents on quasi-public land adjacent to their property (e.g., median strips between streets and sidewalks, traffic islands). According to the Nature Conservancy, "...[the] urban forest not only makes the area more beautiful and cools the urban environment in the summer but also, and most importantly, it absorbs tons of carbon and pollutants, acting as an offset against climate change."
These recent attempts to beautify the neighborhood are beginning to change the look of several busy Hillcrest areas. All residents can help the project by watering the new tress during the summer months. "Adopt" a new tree in your area and provide two or three gallons of water twice each week during the dry periods -- it will make all the difference during the first summer after planting. As the poet Alfred Joyce Kilmer wrote before he was killed in France during WWI:
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree...
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair...
If you can help or have any questions, please contact one of the HRA board members.
The HRA is currently in communications with a representative from Entergy and their arborist about the foliage in our neighborhood. Due to the recent storms, we had a lot of downed trees and power lines. But thanks to the great men and women at Entergy, they got us powered back up quickly. However, if you still have limbs taken down by Entergy that have not been removed, ruts in your yard from trucks that have not been repaired, or other clean up due to the storms that Entergy has not addressed yet, please contact our HRA president, Eric McDaniel email@example.com.
Held the second Monday of every month at 6pm at Hillcrest Hall, HRA meetings are open to the public. Members may request issues to be addressed on the agenda by contacting the president -- firstname.lastname@example.org -- in advance.
NOTICE: Click below for the Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws.
The Communication Committee is in charge of the Hillcrest Residents Association newsletter. Other board members are currently working hard to get a website and Facebook presence up and running.
The new Division Chief, Crystal Young Haskins, did a very good job presenting and answering question about the Ward 3 neighborhoods east of University. While overall crime is down, issues remain, including lowering violent crime, improving response times, and locking cars and removing valuables. Hillcrest and the Heights have a disproportionate share of auto thefts and auto B & E's, with the majority being unlocked cars. The 12th Street meeting - which includes Hillcrest - meets at the 12th Street Station at 6:00pm. The next two meetings are July 11 and October 10.
The Preservation/ Planning Committee is responsible for reviewing any notices from the City regarding changes to the neighborhood; assessing their impact to the neighborhood; making a report to the Hillcrest Resident’s Association; in some cases, contacting residents who could potentially be impacted by the changes; and communicating with the City regarding details and the association’s position if needed. This committee is also responsible for educating and advocating for the neighborhood on the importance of preserving the Hillcrest Historic District.
Currently, the committee is working on a booklet that will be given out to residents and business owners explaining preservation techniques, answering common preservation-related questions and explaining how to tackle common challenges with historic buildings. It will also feature a section on the proper way to build an addition or new construction and still keep the historic standing of your building or the street you are building on.
The membership committee has recently completed an annual membership campaign and recruited new members. We currently have approximately 200 households in the neighborhood. The committee meets on June 19 to develop a plan of action for the coming year with a goal of increasing membership and engagement in the neighborhood. A summary of that meeting will be on line as it is available. If you would like to join the membership committee, please contact email@example.com. Any current member is eligible to participate and we welcome new ideas!
The Bylaws Committee’s work culminated with the approval by the membership at the annual meeting on May 13 of Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation and Amended and Restated By-Laws. These new documents modernize provisions relating to governance of the Association and can be found above, in the "In the Know" section.