Because so many of our sources disaggregate data and compare communities by various governing districts, below is a list of maps that will help you define the boundaries of the area you are working with: ZIP code, Census tract, neighborhood, locality, or planning district. For those of you interested in spatial isolation, I’ve also included a map of public transportation.
Map of Richmond’s Neighborhoods — Throughout the semester, we’ll refer to the historic neighborhoods of Richmond. If you are not a native, you’ll find this map of the city’s four planning districts (West End, East End, Northside, and Southside) and their various neighborhoods useful.
Description of Neighborhoods and Districts in Richmond — This resource gives a general description of the main historic neighborhoods in Richmond, including Highland Park.
Map of City of Richmond 2010 Census Tracts with Street Names — Use this map when working with Census data and Census web interfaces, such as Social Explorer. You’ll see that Highland Park falls primarily within the boundaries of tract #108, #109, and #110. To orient you, the Six-Point Star that marks the retail center of Highland Park is at the boundary of tracts #108 and #109. The YLF (Delmont is in the county) and North Richmond Outreach, Boaz & Ruth, its thrift store, and the Firehouse are in #108. Overby-Sheppard Elementary School is on the edge of tracts #109 and #110. While OSB is in tract #109, Highland Grove across the street (former site of the Dove Court housing projects) is in #110. Rubicon and the Daily Planet are in #109. The southern part of the tract is called the Souther Tip while the northern part is sometimes referred to as the Plateau or Chestnut Hill. Ann Hardy Park, where the QoL meets, is in #110, an area sometimes called Highland Park Plaza. Henderson Middle School and John Marshall High School, though they serve neighborhood children, are not in Highland Park and instead are located in tract #103. PFFN is in tract #111. The University of Richmond, by comparison, is within tract #505.
Metro Area Richmond ZIP Code Map — City-data aggregates statistics by ZIP codes, which are larger areas than Census tracts. Highland Park — and much of the eastern part of the Northside — falls within ZIP code 23222.
Map of Henrico County 2010 Census Tracts with Street Names — If you are interested in comparing Henrico County with Richmond using Census indicators, this map of Census tracts within Henrico County will prove useful.
Map of Chesterfield County 2010 Census Tracts with Street Names — This map features Census tracts within Chesterfield County so that you may compare the suburbs in Chesterfield with the city using Census data.
Map of GRTC Routes — For city residents without cars, the bus is a necessity for getting from home to work. Here you’ll find a map of GRTC bus routes.
For those of you who are not familiar with the Highland Park neighborhood, the resources below provide some history as well as descriptions of the neighborhood and its major challenges. If you would like to follow current events in Highland Park, I highly recommend Style Weekly and the North Richmond News, accessible through links in the sidebar.
North Richmond News, “The Chesnut Hill/Plateau Historic District” (August 2009) — This article, done by the community newspaper for the Northside, provides a detailed history of the Highland Park, Southern Tip.
North Richmond News, “The Highland Park Plaza Historic District” (August 2009) — This article, done by the community newspaper for the Northside, provides a detailed history of North Highland Park.
Highland Park Southern Tip Revitalization Plan (1995) — Though a bit dated, this report by the City of Richmond’s Planning and Development Review gives a detailed overview of the major challenges the southern part of Highland Park faces with respect to economic redevelopment, including areas of blight and crime. Of particular interest are the Introduction and Neighborhood Profile and the chapters on Land Use Characteristics and Housing and Neighborhood Needs Assessment Summary.
City of Richmond, Department of Economic and Community Development (2011) — This report on housing in the City of Richmond reveals that Highland Park has been particularly hard hit by the housing downturn.
One cannot understand Highland Park without a broader understanding of how the neighborhood fits into the politics and economics of the larger city and metropolitan region in which it is situated. Below are links to information about Richmond. Sources of primary data are listed first, and many of these sites offer web interfaces that allow you to map data or they format requested data in tables and graphs. Indexes of scholarly and non-scholarly studies follow. There are also links to government reports on Richmond.
Social Explorer — This site is a web-based interface that allows you to map Census data on a range of social indicators by state, locality, and even as detailed as the Census block and Census tract.
PolicyMap — This site is a web-based interface, much like Social Explorer, but it draws from a wider base of government data. Beyond the Census and the American Community Survey, you will also be able to map variables pertaining to health, income, labor, education, and so forth.
City-Data.com – This site pulls together data, statistics, and facts on cities, and the people living in them, in an easy to understand format. Data can be disaggregated by ZIP code, and neighborhood statistics can be compared to state- or city-wide statistics. You can look not only at Census data but also interest graphs and information about major industries by community.
Diversity Data, Harvard University, Richmond Profile — Using Census and other government data, this site creates custom profiles of metropolitan regions that display differences across racial categories on measures such as housing opportunities, educational levels, economic opportunities, racial integration of neighborhoods, and much, much more. This link will take you to the profile for the Richmond metro region, but you can backtrack to create a profile of your home community for comparison.
U.S. Census of Population and Housing – The Census Bureau has digitized all of the Censuses (from 1790 – 2000). Here you can see how Richmond has evolved as a city. Please note that Census information is incredibly useful, rich, and authoritative; however, it is NOT easy to use. Don’t hesitate to contact Laura Horne-Popp, the Political Science Librarian, and she can help you find what you need.
Statistical Abstract of the United States – This is the definitive resource that consolidates the huge variety of statistics gathered by the federal government, covering 1878-2009.
City of Richmond Planning and Development Review, 2000 Census Reports — Income, poverty, housing, race, employment, educational attainment, population, including reports on individual Census tracts.
UR Libraries Catalog – We have thousands of books covering the rich and varied history of the city. There are also several specific histories on African Americans in Richmond, Virginia.