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.
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.
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
Education: Teacher Quality Data
By Lisa Harding, Ali O’Donnell, and Johanna Winkel
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
Achievement and Behavior Data for Middle and High Schools (for PDF version)
By Kate Maher and Anthony Truzzolino
Achievement and Behavior Data for Elementary Schools (for PDF version)
By Djole Hinic and Danielle Stokes
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
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.
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.
Insights from the first class of PoVo students. The course was first taught as a special topics course before being added to the curriculum.
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.
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
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…”
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.