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Neighborhood: North Chattanooga
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Sunday, March 27, 2011    |   
The Bridgeview is among several condominium developments new to the North Chattanooga neighborhood.
The Bridgeview is among several condominium developments new to the North Chattanooga neighborhood.
Photo by Angela Lewis /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

* Rough borders/geographic area: Bordered to the south, east and west by the Tennessee River; bordered on the north by Red Bank and the Signal Mountain area.

* Date founded or organized: Hill City, which later became North Chattanooga, was founded in 1882.

* Landmarks or geographic features: Walnut Street Bridge, Market Street Bridge, Coolidge Park, Renaissance Park, Chattanooga Theatre Centre.

* Unique characteristics: Green space abounds on the riverfront; local shops and boutiques line Frazier Avenue, and the area boasts many mixed-use business and residential developments.

* Most-famous resident: Samuel Frazier, a captain in the Confederate army, founded Hill City in the 1880s.

* Historic info: Up to the time of the completion of the Walnut Street Bridge in 1891, people crossed the Tennessee River by swing and steam ferries. The swing ferry was operated by means of a wire cable fastened to Williams Island.

* Odd/unique traditions: Normal-palooza, hosted by Normal Park Magnet Schools every autumn, features music, art and vendors. It has become a signature event, and a family friendly way to enjoy local talent; Wine Over Water fundraiser on the Walnut Street Bridge.

* Schools: Normal Park Museum Magnet (K-8), Red Bank Elementary School, Red Bank Middle School, Red Bank High School.

* Best-kept secret: Tucked behind Coolidge Park, the River Street Deli gives locals a true taste of the Big Apple. The owner, a native New Yorker, has perfected the art of the giant, fresh deli sandwich.

* Fun fact: The 1894 Dentzel Carousel featured in Coolidge Park was restored by local master woodcarver Bud Ellis and a team of crafts-people and volunteers at his Horsin Around Carving School, now located in Soddy-Daisy.