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Spacecat
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Spacecat

Something has to change. The current mayoral administration should make this a top priority. How many more lives need to be ruined before it stops?

Kay9
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Kay9

Should the administration set a timeline for demolishing all of the courts?

Spacecat
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Spacecat

@#2, I believe there is an effort to do just that, but in the interim, a much higher, 24 hours a day, police presence in the courts would be one step towards making a difference.

Emily Klinedinst
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Oh shit.

J
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@Kay9 Richmond does not have the money and cannot get grant money to demolish the courts! Grant money days are over. If the public housing was not demolished in the 90’s it’s not going anywhere. DC , Bmore, Chicago, Atl , New Orleans etc all there large developments are gone. Richmond and Norfolk are like the only cities in the country still with large developments

Dubois2
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Dubois2

My people in NYC have such mixed feelings about stop-and-frisk, but they love living without the old murder rate, and attribute the change (in part) to stop-and-frisk. On balance, worth it.

We are a way more shooty and murdery city (than NYC) right now. That is a torrent of tragedies

We are perps and victims and witnesses when we should be real people doing real things

This needs changed

RPD can frisk me anytime they like. Why would I give a ¥#%# ?

Kay9
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Kay9

@5- I’m not suggesting the city spend any more money on the courts. What I believe is what has worked well in other east coast cities with similar projects- The city should not make any plans to replace this housing. Let the market take over-developers will demolish Mosby and create new neighborhoods. The plan- 1. Notices are given to residents, for example Mosby, that the development will be completely shut down as of April 2020. Leases for even addresses will not be renewed as of April 2019- even addresses, April 2020. 2. Beginning immediately, RRHA should be tooled to provide… Read more »

miguel
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miguel

@7

the counties love to talk about regional cooperation until the subject of public/ low-income housing comes up.

they won’t play nice.

Kay9
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Kay9

@8 Perhaps the general assembly needs to step in regarding regional transportation and low income housing? The counties should not be allowed to just zone it out of existence. If comprehensive, regional analysis was done to better understand where existing section 8 housing is located, capacity, and potential (vacant) properties that could be converted to low income, productive housing units. If the population of the courts was dispersed throughout the region- many problems would be immediately resolved (crime rates, school system, generational poverty, etc.) I certainly hope that Stoney’s administration is moving along these lines opposed to a band-aid approach… Read more »

Kay9
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Kay9

Why not offer the existing residents of the courts a tiered financial incentive to vacate? As we move to ultimate shutdown, the sooner a tenant vacates, the greater the financial incentive. This combined with outplacement services could be very effective at closing them down.

Once a unit is vacated, it’s boarded up awaiting demolishion.

EastEnder
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EastEnder

Kay9’s ideas sound very reasonable.

Out of genuine curiosity, does anyone know why Richmond city officials haven’t followed the examples of some other cities and deconcentrated project housing?

J
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J

@Kay9 – What you dont seem to understand is eliminating public housing will not stop drug dealing and murders in Richmond. Just look at Baltimore. MATTER OF FACT most the homicides that happen on Richmonds south side are not in Hillside Courts or on Afton Avenue. Most of the homicides have shifted to the area of Uptown and Mid City (Uptown is blue ridge, broad rock, Snead road areas and Mid City is the Midlo tpk area).

Rita Austera
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Rita Austera

Apparently Creighton Court on Nine Mile Rd. will be demolished in the not so distant future. I was out West for 6 weeks. When I returned mid March, the old high school was gone. I was amazed how quickly that came about. I have read there will be mixed residencies there: section 8 as well as regular rentals and some will be sold to homebuyers.

It will be interesting to see how it plsys out. Hopefully will be positive.

EastEnder
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@John M

I know about the redevelopment of Creighton Court, and have spoken to some city officials about it, and frankly, I’m dubious about the project given lack of funding, the ability to attract and retain folks who are supposed to buy in at market prices, along with some other issues.

Nonetheless, thanks for the background about other initiatives that have taken place.

Kay9
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Kay9

@12 I completely understand what you’re saying. My “plan” is very simplistic at best. There are many layers that would need to be fleshed out for something like this to be successful. De- concentrating poverty in neighborhoods riddled with bad behaviors always go a long way to reign in crime. In Baltimore, to cite your example, many public housing projects were eliminated but the residents just moved…to the countless neighborhood ghettos that exist throughout the city. Baltimore has some horrible neighborhoods where conditions are deplorable. A comprehensive approach has to involve every department of the city. Code enforcement and property… Read more »

Mark
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Mark

Kay, I would be all in except for one thing. When the $$$’s were flush for years, educate me where that went to improve this situation. RRHA, imho has not had a very robust fiscal responsibility in the past, I think they had their chance. Ms. Goolsby ring a bell?

Neighbor
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Neighbor

I am not sure why we think that moving people from Creighton Court to the new development across the street at Armstrong is going to reduce the level of crime or elevate the levels of personal responsibility among the tenants? As far as the mixed income idea, who is going to get a mortgage for $250,000 to live among former tenants of Creighton Court?

Paul Hammond
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This has happened all over the country. As police face more scrutiny for aggressive policing, and have backed off. Meanwhile the thugs on the street have taken advantage of it. As police patrols go down, the murder rate has gone up. This has been the case in cities where there has been high profile prosecutions of police. They face death every day. They don’t need to face suspension and humiliation for doing their job. This is the price we pay. After so much progress, murder in our toughest neighborhoods has gone up. Even VCU has seen this affect. Sad, but… Read more »

J
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J

I spoke to soon about Afton Avenue. Apparently 5 am this morning the place was like a war zone

Kay9
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Kay9

@18… couldn’t agree more. The one for one replacement is a huge mistake. The goal should be to dilute this population across the Region so the concentration is broken up. Mixed income housing works but the subsidized portion has to be a small part of the overall mix otherwise, the market rates won’t work for the other properties.

Kenneth Brown
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Kenneth Brown

I read these comments…… More them, dont move them, will it make a difference? Wow they way you talk these people are nothing but animals. Just break them up…. Wow …… Did you ever stay in a school system with your very best friend, that you have known all your life, spent every day with all your life… Good idea lets take one to Henrico and send the other to Hanover. Who cares