The neighborhood has been in a state of decline for at least fifteen years. During the late 1960's many families located elsewhere due to fear of crime, etc. Property values have dropped with an increase in vacant structures and vandalism. A neighborhood improvement plan was formulated in 1968 but was soon abandoned. In March, 1978, a meeting of ministers in the area led to the organization of the College Hill Neighborhood Association, which is an active force for betterment of the neighborhood.