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About Our Neighborhood

Located in the south central portion of the city, the Ridge Street area is south of downtown and a key entrance corridor into the city from southern Albemarle County. The Ridge Street neighborhood is known for its diversity. Ridge Street is primarily residential with a small commercial corridor located in its northern portion. A variety of housing types characterize this area including bungalows, cottages and suburban style single-family detached dwellings as well as high-density apartment complexes.

The Ridge Street neighborhood grew out of a subdivision of the Garrett Estate in the 1830’s. A portion of the neighborhood became designated as an historic district in 1995. It has been stated that the Ridge Street historic district is one of the most physically intact nineteenth-century residential neighborhoods in Charlottesville. Home to black property owners since the 1840’s, it remains an important residential area in the city’s African-American community. Ridge Street is currently a Community Development Block Grant priority neighborhood.

On the neighborhood’s western boundary, is Tonsler Park, a key area resource. It features lighted tennis courts, a community center and outdoor ball fields. Jordan Park is also located in the southeast corner of this neighborhood.