A local focus on Charlottesville:
New Vinegar Hill
In the summer of 2017, Charlottesville was in for a wake up call as white supremacists held a rally that resulted in the death of a young woman. In partnership with members of city council and community leaders and supported by design thinking faculty from the architecture school, social entrepreneurship students engaged the community in forming a new vision for our town.
The destruction of the vibrant African-American community of Vinegar Hill, the University's participation in the massive resistance to the racial desegregation of the city's public schools and the University's long history as a place of white male privilege have all contributed to the well-known chasm between the University and black community in the city.
We are drawing on the expertise, research, and resources of the University of proactively support the building of a strong and growing black middle and upper class through a robust African-American community led redevelopment initiative including affordable housing, entrepreneurship, and career pathways.