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Gentrification in Norfolk

A short history of how neighborhoods became segregated nationally, and in Norfolk, Virginia. Part of the Urban Renewal Center's forum on Gentrification that took place in Norfolk, Virginia on August 22nd, 2019.

To cite this video please use: Changing Tides: Gentrification in Norfolk. Directed by Alexander Fella. Norfolk: The Urban Renewal Center, 2019

Photo Credits:
Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Slover Library: Sargeant Memorial Collection, University of Richmond: Digital Scholarship Lab, Alexander Street Press

For a list of our sources click here.


Watch the Forum

Missed it? Catch the full forum from August 22 - coming soon. A great evening and engaging conversation with our panelists and live audience.


Dr. Robert K. Perkins, Norfolk State University

Brenda Andrews, The New Journal & Guide

Dr. John Finn, Christopher Newport University

Dr. Antipas Harris, The Urban Renewal Center, Moderator

Watch the full forum, here.


Check out these recommended books for more information and further reading.

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America By Richard Rothstein

How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood  By P. E. Moskowitz 

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City By Matthew Desmond

Black, White and Brown: The Battle for Progress in 1950s Norfolk  By Forrest R. ‘Hap’ White

Norfolk: The First Four Centuries by Thomas C. Parramore 

Print list here.


Featured Article:

The ABCs of Gentrification.

A concise dictionary of terms to know, and their history in Norfolk.

Part of the URC Forum on Gentrification


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