The Poplar-Highland Community Association was formed in March 2005 to serve the residents and businesses that are located immediately to the north and west of the Poplar and Highland intersection located in the heart of the city of Memphis, Tennessee.
The PHCA is made up of seven residential neighborhoods: Highland Park, the Library District, North Poplar Park, Plaza Gardens, Poplar Boulevard Terrace, Waynoka Circle and the Waynoka Neighborhood.
Most of the homes that exist within the boundaries of the PHCA were constructed between 1940-1953, although there are a few that were built during the 1930's and some as late as the 1960's.
Because some homes were built prior to the United States' entry into World War II and some after the conclusion of the war, there is an interesting mix of neighborhood planning and housing styles within the PHCA.
The earlier planned and built Poplar Blvd Terrace subdivision has wide, straight boulevards with mostly homes of the Minimal Traditional design. Most of these homes were built between 1940-48.
The North Poplar Park subdivision (which also included Waynoka Circle) was mainly built between 1947-49. Most of its homes were also of the Minimal Traditional design, but there was no attempt to continue the grid system of street design.
Plaza Gardens was built mainly between 1948-53 as the housing section of the Poplar Plaza Shopping Center. Plaza Gardens is a prime example of the postwar suburban street pattern with cul-de-sacs and curving streets. The homes exhibit much more of the Ranch style that became very popular during the 1950's. Also part of Plaza Gardens are the Williamsburg Manor Apartments (first known as the Poplar Plaza Apartments) on Prescott that were constructed during the late 40's.
In the Waynoka Neighborhood there is another interesting melding of styles. Along Wayonka Avenue there are several large estate homes. Some date back to the early 1930's. Just north of Waynoka Avenue sits the Orgill Boyd subdivision that was constructed during the mid and late 1960's.
The following businesses, schools and other institutions are located within Poplar-Highland:
*Chickasaw Oaks Plaza
*East High School
*Poplar Plaza Shopping Center
*The Memphis Central Library