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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

I-95 James River Bridge - 1958 construction

What better way to follow up yesterday's post, then a shot of the same bridge under construction from 6 years earlier?


Photo courtesy of VDOT

4 comments:

  1. 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.

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  2. 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(

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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.

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