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Navy Hill project nothing to celebrate

Letter to the editor

12/27/2019, 6 a.m.
Why should black folks be excited about the Navy Hill development project?

Why should black folks be excited about the Navy Hill development project?

More than 50 years ago, the Navy Hill community was destroyed. It was done by the same city that now lifts that neighborhood’s name in praise.

Economic opportunities, the social development and all of the fabric of the community were torn to the ground. Yet we are now asked to celebrate.

Celebrate what? The destruction of our history? The taking of our land? Becoming yet another example of setback for black people economically?

What will new housing, a new Coliseum and new businesses do to atone for the destruction of this once proud community?

Why should we be on this bandwagon, and why should we allow them to pimp the name of Navy Hill?

To do this continuously sends the message that in order to save a black community, you must destroy it either physically or spiritually — either the bulldozer or gentrification.

Excuse me, but I take no joy in either.

PREDDY RAY SR.

Richmond

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