The history of Richmond, Virginia in photos
That highway was an abomination. I spoke with the City Planner for a history class in grad school who told me that I-95 was (iho) the cause of much of the blight that came in the 60s and 70s. It divided traditional neighborhoods and separated communities.
Unfortunately, the building of, and perhaps more so the placement of, this highway destroyed much of the Jackson Ward area. What's left of the historical "Harlem of the South" neighborhood is a small fraction of what it was previously. What created the blight, was Richmond's poor decision to build ~6 public housing communities within a five mile radius of each other, right in the middle of the historic, and at the time, prestigious areas. The city didn't stand a chance in the 60's. Richmond has very poor decision making skills (if any) when it comes to the preservation of its history. So sad L(
I agree with both of you that the construction of I-95 divided/destroyed neighborhoods. But you can look to almost any other city in the United States and see the same poor decisions regarding the destruction of old buildings in the 50s/60s/70s. Richmond was just one of many unfortunately.
I've always hate the placement of this particular section of 95 the most. It has never seemed as though it was well thought out.