The research phase of our project with Hunter Hills lasted from April 2021 to June 2021. We interviewed 23 residents, 10 of which were legacy residents like Ms. Jean Allen, who has lived in the neighborhood for most of her life. She gave us wisdom stating, "You cannot grow alone you have to grow together. You have to look out for each other and help each other".
From wise words from Ms. Jean Allen and 22 other residents, to doing walkabouts around the neighborhood with Ms. Johnson, the president of the neighborhood association, and all the survey respondents we were able to understand the story of Hunter Hills and the values the community stood for. We were able to learn about the rich history of the neighborhood by talking with the families who built the homes in the community by hand.
We discovered that the people of the community want to revive the sense of connectedness across the neighborhood by building strong relationships with their neighbors. We learned about the the historic landmarks of the neighborhood like Proctor Creek, the creek that runs through the neighborhood, the McClendon Hospital, used in times of segregation, and the Hunter Hills First Baptist Church, founded by a family that still lives in the neighborhood.
Below are some photos of our experience:
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