A call for housing projects to be ‘torn down’

10/10/2004 11:20 AM by

Mark Holmberg, long-time columnist for the Times-Dispatch, writes, “Fifty years ago we started the subsidized housing boom in Richmond, and few cities went about it with as much gusto as we did. The proliferation of housing “projects” here was a key reason Richmond wilted while cities like Charlotte blossomed. Right now we’ve got roughly 10 percent of the city’s population living in Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority properties. Many of these folks live in seven sprawling housing projects that represent the absolute worst examples of racist, death-dealing paternalism since slavery.”

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