One of the reasons people have not been flooding into Adair Park is the lack of a high-quality neighborhood school. "We think a school will go a long way in redeveloping the community," says Perry. He is part of a group of neighborhood volunteers who are laying the groundwork for a charter school. So far the group has secured $8.5 million in private funding and hopes to open the school in Adair Park next year.
Along with the ambitious newcomers, Adair Park is populated with many lifelong residents. "This is a community where people don't give up their houses," explains life resident Jeannie Mills, "this is our home, so we stay."
Helping to foster the continued sense of community among old-timers and newcomers is the neighborhood's annual homecoming. Those who have moved away come back to visit friends and rekindle their ties to the neighborhood.
Much of what draws, and keeps people in the Adair Park community, is its beautiful older homes. Most homes were built in the early 1920s and range in size from modest to large. Neighbors also praise the wide curving streets -- 10 feet wider than streets in most intown neighborhoods -- and two beautiful parks. Residents of Adair Park believe, for the money, you can't find a better place to live.