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 350 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.
Boulevard Heights is located in southeast Atlanta and is one of the city's 242 recognized neighborhoods. We are part of Neighborhood Planning Unit-W (or NPU-W -- see a map). 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. In order to have balanced and efficient representation in NPU-W, Boulevard Heights, along with six 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. For help with the alphabet soup of acronyms related to neighborhoods, neighborhood organizations and city government see What's In A Name? (courtesy of SAND).
There are many nearby neighborhoods with interesting things to enjoy. Learn about some of the other places that make southeast Atlanta great.
- The closest to us (within easy walking distance) is the Grant Park neighborhood, home of its namesake park and Zoo Atlanta. And the can't-miss Grant Park Farmer's Market on Sundays from May through mid-November.
- To our east (and about 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.
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 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 email list (200+ members) that facilitates neighborhood communication (SEE INFORMATION BELOW -- "Boulevard Height Google Group"). We have a strong sense of neighborhood pride and concern; everybody knows everybody and they look out for each other.
See what Boulevard Heights looked like on a 1927-1930 topographic map: Atlanta Topo
See what might have been if the proposed East Atlanta Toll Road had been built as presented in this 1972 study: East Atlanta Tollway: Community Impact Study
The Beltline Corridor at Boulevard NE
Boulevard Heights Google Group
Google Group - We also have a "neighbors only" (by signing up for membership through a moderator) Google Groups discussion board. This is where you can ask questions, find neighborhood and community updates, learn about nearby restaurants and businesses (engage in lively debates over "favorites"), view and share public safety-related Be On the LookOut (or BOLO) notes, and find out about "breaking news" in this and surrounding communities. It is a moderated board but the opinions expressed in postings are those of the individual posters and are not endorsed by the neighborhood as a whole and do not officially represent the opinions of other individual residents or the neighborhood as a whole. Also please be aware that it can be high-volume at times so be sure to choose the appropriate notification/subscription settings to avoid having your email inbox flooded with many daily messages at times. It can be convenient to have new messages delivered to your chosen email inbox but you can opt to sign in at your convenience to view new messages on the web, too. Learn about the Boulevard Heights Google Group or sign up.
NOTE: You must create a Google profile/account or sign in to an existing Google profile/account to request membership to the BOHO Google Group.
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.
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 behave. Don't leave anything clearly visible in your car overnight, 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.