Author: Richmond City Planning Commission


A Master Plan for the Physical Development of the City (1946)

This excerpt from the 1946 master plan for the redevelopment of Richmond, created by the prominent urban renewal consulting firm of Harland Bartholomew and Associates, provides the rationale for razing large parts of majority Black neighborhoods in the city. The document, commissioned by the City Planning Commission, proposes changes to the city’s street layout, multiple new schools and parks, and a comprehensive plan for the long-term development of housing within the city’s core. Harland Bartholomew and Associates produced or consulted on master plans for more than 550 cities in the Unites States, including Richmond and Charlottesville.