Jamaal Davis

Jamaal Davis has lived in Richmond, Virginia for over 37 years, where he was born and raised. He studied Urban and Regional Planning at Virginia Commonwealth University. His interests in urban planning began in the low-income neighborhoods of Southside Richmond, Virginia. As a result of those years, he has made it his goal to affect change in his community by changing its surroundings. His passion for planning lies in his desire to understand and change the housing conditions in low-income neighborhoods. He is currently working for a private consulting firm, but he plans on obtaining a planning position within a local government. His ultimate goal is to work for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Jamaal Davis: A Farewell to Global Site Plans and The Grid

by Jamaal Davis

Wow, how fast time does fly! It seems like only yesterday that I was signing my first set of paperwork to do my internship with Global Site Plans. Initially, I must admit that I was a little nervous about doing an int... Read article

7 Ways Reviving the River Could Cure Richmond, Virginia’s Economic Problems

by Jamaal Davis

River enjoyment is something that can both bring excitement to a community as well as create great economic opportunities. That is why Richmond, Virginia recently adopted the Richmond Riverfront Plan. The contemporar... Read article

10 Twitter #Chats to Follow in Architecture

by Jamaal Davis

In today’s technological society, Twitter has become a great way for professionals in architecture, landscape design, and urban planning to frequently communicate. As a result, more and more professionals today are using... Read article

10 Ways to Change Urban Sprawl in the City of Richmond, Virginia

by Jamaal Davis

By all accounts, urban sprawl is a problem that has plagued many metropolitan cities throughout the United States. Like many of these cities, Richmond, Virginia has struggled with the concept of how to control the growin... Read article

10 Twitter #Chats to Follow in Urban Planning and Urban Design

by Jamaal Davis

The new wave in social media communication is quickly creating a method for discussing topics relating to urban planning, architecture, and community development. The social media site Twitter is leading the charge in th... Read article

5 Reasons Why Urban Renewal is So Important to the City of Richmond, Virginia

by Jamaal Davis

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 c... Read article

5 Facts About Revitalizing the City of Richmond, Virginia’s Downtown

by Jamaal Davis

A healthy downtown is an important economic component for any city that desires to increase revenue, improve tourism, or revitalize local neighborhoods. Thus, the local downtown is by and large the life-blood of any metr... Read article

8 Ways to Redevelop the City of Richmond’s Riverfront

by Jamaal Davis

The overall goal of any riverfront plan is to create river accessibility that becomes a major resource to the community; by linking it to nearby communities so that both residents and tourist can enjoy it. While many com... Read article

8 Epic Fails Involving Urban Designing for the Homeless

by Jamaal Davis

Homelessness is by in large considered both a community problem and a national problem. It is an epidemic that affects millions of Americans nationwide every day. Beyond the political battle over how to resolve the ho... Read article

Richmond, Virginia’s Growing Housing Inequality by the Numbers

by Jamaal Davis

The growing housing crisis in America has had a great impact on Richmond, Virginia’s housing market. Since the beginning of the housing collapse in 2008, the wealthier 1% of the nation’s households have seen great succes... Read article

The Death of High Speed Rail in Richmond, Virginia

by Jamaal Davis

Since 1996, the State of Virginia has been working with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Southeastern High Rail Corridor project to establish high speed rail passenger connections that would connect the City... Read article

5 Life Lessons Learned From Poor Housing in Low-Income Communities of Richmond, Virginia

by Jamaal Davis

Fair Housing is defined by the government as any housing that is free from discrimination based on race, religion, sex, handicap, status, or national origin. Quality Housing is housing that is safe, sanitary, and accessi... Read article

5 Ways Brownfield Redevelopment Practices Have Gone Wrong in Richmond, Virginia

by Jamaal Davis

Those pesky Brownfield sites can create great opportunities or can be worrisome problems. In Richmond, Virginia Brownfield sites can be found in many locations throughout the city. Brownfield sites are defined as “old... Read article