South City

Hartsfield Elementary School
Blaise Gainey / WFSU-FM

The Leon County School Board and the South City Foundation have entered into an agreement to revitalize the area. The community is one of the most troubled neighborhoods in Tallahassee, with nearly 70% of residents living under the poverty level. The revitalization involves creating mixed-income housing, enhancing the education system, and providing health and wellness programs and facilities to the area. This agreement was one of the final steps for South City to work with Purpose Built Communities.

Outside of Charles R. Drew Charter School
Blaise Gainey / WFSU-FM

Residents of one Atlanta neighborhood say a change occurred when the 1996 Olympics came to the city. Most call that change gentrification, but in one crime-ridden area nicknamed “Little Vietnam” the city managed to renovate and improve the area without removing its residents. It’s now a national model for cradle-to-college education with safe streets and better quality housing for low-income families.

Now, a group of Tallahassee advocates and local officials are trying to bring the model to the Southside, but there is a disconnect with the school district, a major player.

Tom Flanigan

Yet another event focused on improving the quality of life for Tallahassee's Southside residents took place on Saturday, Aug.19. The Neighborhood and Community Engagement Symposium took place at FAMU's Development Research School.

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee's South City area was the scene of a big Community Resource Expo on Saturday (3/25). Organizers said the "Tallahassee Cares" event gives area residents a showcase of the many local services intended to help their neighborhoods.

New Library Hopes To Connect South City

Aug 10, 2016
Tori Whitley / WFSU

The heavy rain didn’t stop Leadership Tallahassee from celebrating the opening of The Learning Tree Library in South City. A six year old named Auria helped begin the ceremony, and she’s a resident at the Orange Avenue Apartments.

CRA Earmarks $116K For Southside Redevelopment

Apr 28, 2016
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The city of Tallahassee will spend more than $100,000 dollars for business improvements in the Southside.

Wellness fair
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

The city of Tallahassee is launching a new effort in support of community wellness. A free  event  to be held in the South City area this weekend will bring that message home.

The Creating Awareness of Resources and Educational Services, or CARES, Event is aimed at improving life in South City. Local agencies and nonprofits will be distributing information on a number of issues.  City spokeswoman and event planner Heather Teter says the event is all about letting the community know the city of Tallahassee cares.