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Neighborhoods in Bloom

Richmond: Virginia's Vibrant Capital

The City of Richmond, Virginia’s Neighborhoods in Bloom initiative invests federal grant funding in several targeted neighborhoods in the City of Richmond. The majority of the City’s federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funding, as well as significant amounts of capital improvement funds and other resources are spent in the strategically selected target neighborhoods. Through Neighborhoods in Bloom, the City of Richmond plans to concentrate public resources in these neighborhoods until they achieve the critical mass of public investment needed to stimulate self-sustaining private-market activity.

The process to select the Neighborhoods in Bloom areas is a very inclusive and deliberate process. City staff developed a set of evaluation criteria to assess the conditions and potential for revitalization of each of the City’s neighborhoods. Neighborhood condition criteria include the number of vacant properties, crime statistics, poverty levels, home ownership rates, and housing quality. Revitalization potential is evaluated upon the strength of civic associations in the neighborhoods, the existence of redevelopment plans, and market trends.

The initial program premise was, and remains, that a concentrated investment of resources in a limited impact area can have a substantial impact for a targeted revitalization area. The Neighborhoods in Bloom program is designed to strengthen communities, increase home ownership, promote attractive affordable housing, and reduce blight in the City of Richmond. Utilizing federal funding resources and following the City Master & Consolidated Plan, the Neighborhoods in Bloom program strives to achieve its goals through several actions. These include:

  • Buying vacant or blighted properties, working with area non-profit development groups to rehabilitate structures or build new construction on vacant lots, and sell them to qualifying homeowners.
  • Educate and counsel potential homebuyers
  • Provide down-payment assistance
  • Assist with existing homeowners with repair needs
  • Proactive code enforcement

In addition to removing blight and increasing home ownership within Richmond, the program seeks to instill private sector confidence to invest in rental and for sale.

Bellemeade

This front-porch neighborhood features many Cape Cod homes built in the 1940’s after World War II to accommodate soldiers returning to the States. Dating back to 1910, the neighborhood was known for its many African American residents who worked at the industries along the Jefferson Davis and Commerce Road corridors.


 

Blackwell

 

Dating back as far as 1874, Blackwell has been known for its many African American-owned businesses created by those who live in the neighborhood. Blackwell is filled with tree-lined streets and homes ranging from the late-19th century Italianate and Victorian houses to early 20th century bungalows.

Carver

Carver was settled as a working-class neighborhood in the 1840’s. The home styles are mostly attached frame and brick in the Italianate Style. The neighborhoods are located adjacent to the campuses of Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Union University. The neighborhood contains two historical districts, the Carver Industrial Historic District and the Carver Residential Historic District, both of which are national historic districts. Learn more. See more.

Church Hill

Church Hill is the most historic neighborhood in Richmond, with the original 32 blocks of the town laid out by Captain William mayo in 1737 within its boundaries. Church Hill is known for being the neighborhood where Patrick Henry gave his “Give me liberty or give me death” speech at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Learn more. See more.

Eastview

The Eastview Neighborhood was originally developed in the early 1905s on a large tract of open land that had previously been used for farming. Its development made it the second supbdivision developed solely for the Africa-American market in the City’s history.

Highland Park/Southern Barton Heights

Highland Park was developed mostly in the late 1809’s as one of Richmond’s original streetcar suburbs. It features the most extensive collection of Queen Anne architecture left in the City. Barton Heights is a streetcar suburb neighborhood and former town in the Northside area of Richmond. Barton Heights began as an area of development in 1890 by James H. Barton. Barton Heights rapidly developed as a result of being linked via streetcar across the deep ravine of Bacon’s Quarter of Shockoe Creek. The original properties in the area are largely built in the Queen Anne or Colonial Revival style.

Jackson Ward

located in downtown Richmond, Jackson Ward is a historically African-American district with a long tradition of African-American businesses. After the Civil War, previously free African-Americans joined freed slaves and their descendants and created a thriving African-American business community, which some referred to as “Black Wall Street of America.” Prominent business leaders of the area included John Mitchell, Jr, the editor of the Richmond Planet, and Maggie L. Walker, the first woman to charter and serve as president of an American bank. Many referred to Jackson Ward as the “Harlem of the South” due to the wide variety of commerce and entertainment available along 2nd Street. Theaters, like the Hippodrome, featured acts like Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and Billie Holiday. Learn moreSee more.

Swansboro

Swansboro is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the City, located partially within the former city of Manchester boundaries. The housing stock is primarily Bungalow-style cottages constructed between 1910 and 1940.

25th Street/Nine Mile Road

The redevelopment initiative of 25th Street and Nine Mile Road is focused on rejuvenating this once thriving commercial corridor. In conjunction with local non-profits, and the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority, the City of Richmond strives to bring this gateway to the East End viable housing opportunities as well as a brand new grocery store, which this neighborhood has been deprived of for many years. 

 

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Richmond, VA 23219
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