Community Profiles

Poverty Studies

The North Highland Park Quality of Life Plan 

VCU Master of Urban and Regional Planning students in Spring 2011 created the QoL study through a collaborative effort of community members, city leaders, local businesses, and non-profits.  Currently, the plan serves as the foundation for ongoing efforts of revitalization in North Highland Park (near Ann Hardy Park).  Community leaders are working toward implementation in four neighborhood teams: Leadership and Neighborhood Connections, Strengthening the Youth, Safety, and Workforce Development.  Here is the Quality of Life Steering Committee’s announcement to the community of the its effort to implement the plan, and the two-year progress report.  Click here to access the Fall 2006 QoL for the Highland Park Plaza area of the neighborhood.  The area of the neighborhood not yet the subject of a QoL is the Southern Tip.

Mayor’s Anti-Poverty Commission Report

Created by a team of community members and city leaders, the report examines poverty in the City of Richmond and provides a number of recommendations to reduce poverty.

Poverty in Virginia: Recommendations from the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Poverty Reduction Task Force

Written by a team of government officials and non-profit and business leaders, the report examines poverty in the Commonwealth of Virginia and makes a number of recommendations for alleviating poverty.

Most Recent Data Presentations

2015 PoVo Community Profiles of Highland Park

Employment and Family Data (for PDF version)
By Catherine Cunha, Logan, Hardin, and Taylor Maiorana

Crime and Safety Data (for PDF version)
By Victoria Charles and Aisha Farooq

Education: Teacher Quality Data
By Lisa Harding, Ali O’Donnell, and Johanna Winkel

Education: Achievement and Behavior Data (for PDF version and data)
By KyungSun Lee and Ana Maria Topete

Health Data (for PDF version)
By Caity Rutzika and Tori Noles


Models for Your Research

Below are links to the community profiles of Highland Park in Richmond, Virginia. They were created by the students in prior PoVo courses. You may use these as reference or for inspiration for your own profiles.  Each profile explores a particular policy problem in the community: work and family life, crime, education, and health. Click on the title link to open the profile in a portable document format.

2013 PoVo Community Profiles of Highland Park

Statistical Data on Health in Highland Park and Low-Income Communities (for PDF version)
By Kendall Anthony, Cedrick Lindsay, and Wayne Sparrow

Statistical Data on School Achievement and Behavior for Elementary, Middle, and High Schools (for PDF version)
By Rachel Hall, Sharon Lim, and Kate Powers

Statistical Data on School Accountability and Teacher Quality for Schools Serving the Children of Highland Park (for PDF version)
By Deborah Fajuygibe, Meredith Hawkins, and Robert McArdle

Statistical Data on Crime and Public Safety in Highland Park, the Northside, and the City of Richmond (only PDF available)
By Crystal Koczot, Elizabeth Harris, and Christina McDermott

Statistical Data on Family Status in Highland Park (for PDF version)
By Lakenda Crawford and Laurina Santi

Statistical Data on Employment and Income in Highland Park (for PDF version)
By Rand Irons and Wayne Byers-Pettus

2011 PoVo Community Profiles of Highland Park

Public Health and the Built Environment (for PDF version)
By Robin Campbell, LaShonda Hanna, and Christian Parker

Achievement and Behavior Data for Middle and High Schools (for PDF version)
By Kate Maher and Anthony Truzzolino

Teacher Quality in Highland Park and the West End (for PDF version)
By Shanelle Bobb and Caitlin Manak

Achievement and Behavior Data for Elementary Schools (for PDF version)
By Djole Hinic and Danielle Stokes

Crime and Public Safety (for PDF version)
By Amanda Cordeiro de Souza, Joshue Ginsberg, and India Richardson

Family Demographics in Highland Park (for PDF version)
By Grace Leonard and Alex Carrier

Employment Patterns in Highland Park (for PDF version)
By Valentina Facyson and Isela Melendez-Carpio

2009 PoVo Community Profiles of Highland Park

An Analysis of Work and Family Problems in Highland Park
By Carter Quinley, Michael Rogers, Ashley Stelfox, and Josh Vaughan

An Analysis of Crime and Violence in Highland Park
By Dan Colosimo, Lindsey Foss, Dudley Versaci, and Rachel Wildfeuer

An Analysis of Children and Schools in Highland Park
By Michael Freeze, Lauren Milam, Melissa Salyk, and Yasmin Wazir

An Analysis of Health and the Environment in Highland Park
By Lauren Bouas, Lora Gess, Russ Gong, and Jess Walradt


Building on the Work Done by Alums of the 2009, 2011, and 2013 PoVo Courses

Rand Irons, “A Democratic Vision for Development in the City of Richmond”

Former PoVo student Rand Irons (RC ’15) went onto write his honors thesis in Political Science on economic development the City of Richmond.  The thesis grew out of his PoVo Policy Analysis paper (which was of economic development in Highland Park) and included insights from his work with LISC and the City of Richmond after PoVo.

Grace Leonard, “My Community, Their Community, Our Community: Negotiating Diverse Interests of Educational NGOs in Northern Richmond and Northern Ghana”

Former PoVo student Grace Leonard (WC ’12) went onto write her senior thesis for Anthropology on Ghana and Highland Park.  It is a fascinating ethnography of education-based community development programs in Africa and the United States and some tough questions about what it means to empower communities.

PLSC 379: Poverty and Political Voice Course Website

Insights from the first class of PoVo students.  The course was first taught as a special topics course before being added to the curriculum.

Michael Q. Rogers, “Remembering the Controversy of the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike: Politics, Rhetoric, and Vision”

Former PoVo student Michael Rogers (RC ’11) went onto write his senior interdisciplinary thesis on the building of the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike, an event that led to the destruction of Richmond’s most vibrant African-American neighborhood, Jackson Ward.  It is an intelligent analysis of race, politics, and “progress” in Richmond.

Brown Bag Discussion Series: Highland Park, 2009

Selected students in the 2009 PoVo presented the results of their community research at a CCE Brown Bag Lunch.

Building on the Work Done by Other Students

Alix Bryan, “Richmond Food Deserts”

A short video on food deserts in Richmond, VA, done by a VCU student in 2010: “Food deserts are considered areas of inner cities where cheap nutritious food is virtually unobtainable…Richmond has three times more people living per square mile than Henrico Country does. But a quick look at this map shows Henrico County has almost three times more grocery stores than Richmond…”

Alix Bryan, “Windshield Tour Drives Home the Problems of a Community”

A short video about the educational problems in Richmond, VA.  Done by a VCU student in 2011, it is based on a tour of the projects around Church Hill features a discussion of the work the Peter and Paul Development Center does.  A link to the full article can be found on the local blog, Floricane.

Header Image: The community garden in the Carver neighborhood.