Many communities go to great extremes to revitalize their cities, like destroying abandoned homes within a one-mile radius, or by developing high-speed rails along the center of a neighborhood. However, what has become clear is that most future redevelopment within a city usually involves some sort of urban renewal. Thus, urban renewal is considered critical to sustainability and neighborhood vitality.
Whether you believe this or not, what is painfully clear is that urban renewal projects are vital components in any city’s urban planning. For this reason, places like Richmond, Virginia have developed urban design plans that help to define what problems the city currently faces and what measures need to be taken to address these issues.
Recently, the contemporary planning proposals of such plans as The Richmond Virginia Master Plan, The Richmond Riverfront Plan, and the Capital Improvement Plan, have given the city 5 major reasons why future urban planning projects are an important factor in Richmond, Virginia’s growth.
1. Historic Preservation
Richmond, Virginia has been able to capitalize on its’ rich history by removing blighted structures in historic Church Hill and by remodeling other dilapidated buildings and homes in other neighborhoods. This has brought tourism dollars back to the city.
2. Slum Clearance
3. Reduce Crime
4. Improving Housing Stock
The development of such projects as the Rockets Landing neighborhood contemporary development has created a partnership among neighboring localities while also involving some type of creative modern architecture.
5. Economic Vibrancy
Richmond has seen more economic vibrancy on downtown Broad Street since the Hilton Hotel, the Virginia Commonwealth University’s student housing complex and the revitalized National Theater have all come to the area.
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