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Defining the future of Eastview, Creighton, and Whitcomb

From the RRHA’s Facebook:

If you missed the Aug. 14 community meeting on revitalizing the East End, held by RRHA and the City of Richmond, check it out here. Let us know your thoughts! More opportunities for community dialogue are being planned now.

The City of Richmond and the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA) are teaming up to listen to Creighton and Whitcomb residents’ vision for their communities. This is one of several community meetings to engage and involve community members in the planned revitalization of public housing in the East End.

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Cadeho 09/10/2012 at 9:20 PM

I really need to get to the city to change their stupid map. But I hope all the projects are demolished and replaced with housing that boosts the east end.

Alex 09/10/2012 at 11:20 PM

More of the same shit. Throw millions to the mayor’s buddies to do studies, talk about building mixed income housing, invite all the low income community to tell them you’ll save them finally and to just keep voting for you. Missing is how you’ll actually convince the middle income families to move to these former war zones or where the money will come from.

Another wasted study, another failed project. Only difference here appears to be that now they are upping the ante and promising stainless appliances and granite countertops by the look of the pictures Mayor Jones showed. Maybe a golf course would help too…

Alex 09/10/2012 at 11:23 PM

I especially like when politicians say the answer is to build great schools. Does anyone ever say they want to build shitty schools? Tell us what you’re going to do differently this time so these schools won’t turn into more of the same. Until then, it’s nothing more than empty rhetoric.

Tired 09/15/2012 at 11:43 PM

@Cadeho and Alex, I agree with both of you. It would be grand to see something happen to these projects, and it is amazing to me how people complain after living there practically rent-free for a lifetime about the possibility of having to move. Wow, we all wish we only had to pay a nominal fee for our houses, electrics, utilities, etc. and live there for years.

I have spent more than my fair share of funds renovating houses in Church hill, and it is over for me. If I should see, a development such as that proposed at the end of Broad St. successful it could possibly change my mind. I love the historic houses; we live in one of the most diverse architectural neighborhoods in Richmond. It can be more beautiful than the fan will ever be (with the exception of Monument Ave.). We do not have blocks of the same style house just painted different colors. I do not live close to these two projects nor do I live close to Mosby Court, but I would love to see them all gone. If the great society really wants to build, a great society once more, there is a lot of vacant land and vacant factories on Jefferson Davis Highway. All these great societies can be built in some of those tobacco factories and on all the vacant land over there.

‘OH NO’ we would not want to put that many people in such a concentrated area. I mean really if we did our crime rate across the entire city might go down. In addition, the crime might be more easily controlled, and solved.

Come on people who are damning me for this post, their rent would still be almost free or free. Moreover, they would live in brand new housing. I would even be in favor of them having gated communities.

Is it being inhumane of me to promote my ideas, I mean some people in cities have had to move to gated communities in order to feel safe? Why not let our tax dollars pay for them to live in gated communities, and control the crime even better. People with money have had to move to gated communities to feel safe in some of our great cities across this country.

Jason 09/21/2012 at 11:57 AM

I think you can get middle income households (notice I didn’t say families) to move to the area if they are starting with a blank slate. This essentially means a wholesale demolition of the housing projects, and 1-for-1 replacement of public housing residents/units doesn’t happen. If they try to do it in phases it will fail massively. And also, they need to disperse the displace people across the Richmond region not just move them from one corner of the city to another.


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