Style Magazine gives Church Hill the cover in There Goes the ‘Hood – How one of the city’s most lauded urban-renewal programs is reenforcing Richmond’s racial divide, a look at the social effects of restoration/renovation/gentrification/etc:
Each year she watches homes down the street and on nearby blocks turn over to new neighbors. She’s one of the few old-timers left, she says.
The new residents — many of them white families — are seizing opportunity. They snatch up good deals on old, dilapidated houses that have suffered the neglect of senior tenants who lacked the financial resources to keep up. They invest thousands of dollars in the houses, often flipping or selling them for two or three times what they paid.