Meeting set for tonight on revitalizing Jackson Ward

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A meeting is set for tonight at 6 p.m. at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, that will ask the public to give their input on some plans to revitalize Jackson Ward in Richmond.

A quick glimpse from above and on the ground of Jackson Ward and you find charm.

But you also find boarded up buildings, graffiti lining the streets and a fair share of crime.

It's a community that Debroah Seay has called home for several years. "Most of the time I stay in the house. Sometimes it's quiet and sometimes it's not."

Over the years, she's seen a lot of change. "They've been doing more painting, up keep to the grounds so that's good," says Deborah.

Now, Deborah is looking forward to even more of that, a renewed change that will hopefully give this community the jolt that some say, it needs.

"Cleaning up the neighborhood seeing more cops. Just keeping it down," says Deborah.

So, for the first time ever in Jackson Ward, five organizations in the community, have come together to form the City Lights Partnership.

Every week for the last year, the group has met, trying to come up with a strategy to enhance the live, work and play in the historic neighborhood.

Tonight, they will present some of those plans to you and they need your input too.

They have developed a strategy of increasing tourism, reducing blight and looking at public safety issues. All of it to try to integrate Jackson ward with the downtown.

If all goes well, the partnership with start implementing their ideas, and talking with the city in the near future.

That's exactly what Debrorah wants to see in the neighborhood she calls home.

"It's basically the people. We need to stick together... and get it done," says Seay.

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