Old Hill, Springfield, Massachusetts
Old Hill is one of the seventeen neighborhoods of Springfield, Massachusetts. It is composed, almost entirely, of Victorian buildings overlooking Springfield's Metro Center. The Old Hill neighborhood is located approximately one mile east of Metro Center. Old Hill is one of the smallest of the city's seventeen neighborhoods. It contains 240 acres of land, plus streets and railroads. Its boundaries are Walnut Street to the west; State Street to the north; the abandoned Highland Division Railroad to the east; and Watershops Pond to the south.
At the start of the twenty-first century, the Old Hill neighborhood struggled to maintain its vitality. Drugs and traffic had become a problem. Despite that, Old Hill had neighborhood groups and committed residents, numerous religious organizations, supportive neighborhood businesses, and Springfield College, all of which banded together to revitalize the neighborhood. Currently, crime is down 50%, and many of Old Hill's "Painted Lady" Victorians are being restored.