Norfolk's plan for public housing is new, but its roots date back decades


The redevelopment of the St. Paul’s Quadrant – the 200-acre area north and east of Norfolk’s downtown that houses more than half of the city’s public housing – has been a controversial topic for years.

But Norfolk’s goal, replacing three public housing communities with mixed-income neighborhoods, fits a 30-year national trend of breaking up concentrations of the poorest citizens.

Some residents objected that a plan put forward by city staff last year hadn’t taken them into consideration. The City Council ordered staff to gather more input from the affected communities...

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