The city of Richmond has more than 100 diverse neighborhoods, each with its own unique aesthetic, culture, and history. 

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In the late nineteenth century, Jackson Ward was a thriving center of African American banking, commerce, and music, earning the nicknames “The Black Wall Street” and “The Harlem of the South." Today, as a National Historic District Landmark, the neighborhood is a popular historic district and has a rich cultural character. The Fan neighborhood includes Monument Avenue, another National Historic District Landmark. The future of its confederate statues is currently a subject of public discussion. Church Hill was the site of Richmond’s founding by William Byrd II (1737) and of Patrick Henry’s famous “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech at St. John’s Church (1775). Fulton, Jackson Ward, Navy Hill, Penitentiary Bottom, and Randolph neighborhoods were all significantly impacted by twentieth-century urban renewal and highway construction projects. Blackwell, Creighton, Fairfield, Gilpin, Hillside, Mosby, Whitcomb and Richmond’s other public housing complexes are the densest concentration of public housing south of New York City. Carytown, Downtown, Fulton, and Scott’s Addition are home to some of Richmond’s nationally recognized restaurants and craft breweries. Windsor Farms was originally established ca. 1930 as an exclusive community for some of Richmond’s wealthiest citizens.
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  • Read Built by Blacks: African American Architecture and Neighborhoods in Richmond by Selden Richardson.  
  • Read Richmond’s Unhealed History by Ben Campbell.
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Gentrification in Richmond

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