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The past and future of Creighton Court

July 29, 2016 11:45 am by

PHOTO via The Library of Virginia Rice Collection

Mark Robinson’s To Live and Die in Creighton Court in Richmond Magazine is “a look at the city’s plan to revitalize Creighton Court, as seen by three incredible women who live there”:

This is a story about three women. One moved to Creighton when it first opened, and 64 years later, she hasn’t left and doesn’t want to. One became the first in her family to move into public housing, and has no intention of sticking around to see the promised Creighton. And the third moved in with her mother, and now rents her own unit. In this potential remaking, she sees something long elusive in the neighborhood: Hope for a future now denied its children.

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In the same issue, Tina Griego’s How Did We End Up Here? is a short history of public housing in the city:

The city has six large public housing communities. Four — Creighton, Mosby, Whitcomb and Fairfield courts — are within 1 square mile of one another in the East End. A mile and half west, near Belvidere and Interstate 95, lies Gilpin Court. The sixth, Hillside Court, a South Side outlier intended for whites, but now an African-American community just as the others, sits off Commerce Road. These communities are home to about 9,100 residents, a little more than half of whom are 17 and younger.

See also: Public housing in Richmond (8/23/2009)

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Finally – they breakdown the RRHA’s plan to transform the Creighton Court community:

See also: related posts on CHPN


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