Brainerd is close to it all

Staff Photo by Robin Rudd The Eastgate Senior Activity Center Steppers perform at the health fair. The 15th annual Hamilton County Minority Health Fair was held at the Eastgate Town Center on August 19, 2017.

If you're looking for a family-oriented neighborhood, Carolyn Isom says Brainerd is right up your alley.

Isom is president of the Brainerd Park Neighborhood Association, and she's lived in Brainerd for about 22 years. She and her husband raised five children there and she says she wouldn't pick any other place to live.

"It's a pretty good area," Isom says. "It's quiet. Everybody knows each other. It's safe."

Safety is especially important to her, she adds. Isom likes to take walks through her neighborhood.

One of her favorite aspects about Brainerd is its central location. It's conveniently nestled near Interstate 75, which runs through all of Chattanooga's main suburbs, and Brainerd is midway between Hamilton Place mall and downtown Chattanooga, earning it its unofficial "midtown" title.

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