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The Valentine Highlights Effects Of Urban Planning As Richmond 300 Enters New Phase

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Richmond officials are putting together a new master plan for the city's future growth, called Richmond 300. As they continue to collect community input, an event at the Valentine Museum on Tuesday looked at past city planning and its lasting effects on pressing social issues. 

Speakers at the Controversy/History event focused on the city’s first master plan that was created by Harland Bartholomew in 1946. Batholomew’s plan explicitly broke up neighborhoods by race, ensuring housing segregation was made official.

Brittany Keegan, who directs VCU’s land use education program, said Richmond’s urban planning has had lasting impacts.

“When we’re talking about anything related to planning, yes, it relates to land use, transportation and housing. But all of those concepts impact so many aspects of our lives like where we work, healthcare,” Keegan said.

After adopting Bartholemew’s plan, city officials demolished and redeveloped many black neighborhoods like Fulton. Keegan said those neighborhoods were further segregated along race and class by the expansion of the interstate system.

The city is currently putting together a development plan that will shape Richmond’s growth over the next 20 years. Richmond officials will start the next round of the Richmond 300 community consultation Thursday night at the Huguenot High School. 

Here is a full list of upcoming meetings:

  • October 3, 6-7:30 P.M.

Huguenot HS Auditorium 7945 Forest Hill Avenue  

  • October 8, 6-7:30 P.M.

Broad Rock ES Cafetorium 4615 Ferguson Lane

  • October 9, 6-7:30 P.M.

Main Library Basement 101 East Franklin Street 

  • October 22, 6-7:30 P.M.

Police Training Academy 1202 West Graham Road 

  • October 23, 6-7:30 P.M.

Mary Munford ES Auditorium 211 Westmoreland Avenue

  • October 29, 6-7:30 P.M.

Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts Auditorium 3411 Semmes Avenue

  • October 30, 6-7:30 P.M.

MLK MS Auditorium 1000 Mosby Street