The Resource Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority photographs, 1960-1987
- Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority photographs, 1960-1987
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- The Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority Photographs, consisting of two Hollinger boxes and one half-Hollinger box (.86 cubic feet), are comprised of photographs used by the Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority in their urban renewal programs. The bulk of the photographs capture buildings targeted for urban renewal in downtown and residential Harrisonburg, Virginia in the 1960s and 1980s
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- The Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority (HRHA) was founded in November 1955 to combat urban dilapidation and to ensure a revived urban zone within Harrisonburg along with affordable housing for residents. It still operates today within the city of Harrisonburg with its original mission statement: zTo promote adequate and affordable housing economic opportunity and a suitable living environment free from discrimination; and to foster redevelopment of blighted areas to ensure the economic, social and housing vitality of our community.y These photos, dating from the 1960s to the 1980s, were taken as part of the R4 and R16 programs and show areas believed to be in need of urban renewal. R4 refers to the zoning district that was administered by the City of Harrisonburg. According to the City of Harrisonburg, the R4 designation denotes a planned unit residential district zone and is mainly an indicator of planned communities of affordable subsidized government housing with various requirements and standards. The photographs of the Franklin and Harrison Heights neighborhood developments were the first projects by the R4 Commission and the HRHA as a whole. Franklin Heights, located on Lincoln Circle and Kelley, Hill, E. Johnson, Broad, E. Gay, Myrtle, and Sterling Streets, was constructed on a former Harrisonburg landfill. Harrison Heights is located on Myers Avenue and E. Bruce, Norwood, and Reservoir Streets. Both developments were made available to lower income families and subsidized by the city of Harrisonburg. The R4 and R16 programs revived the urban areas of Harrisonburg, but had a social cost of dispersing and displacing the previous residents of areas they affected. These affected neighborhoods were largely integrated prior to the R4 and R16 urban renewal efforts. However, the resulting displacement of residents reinforced racial separation within the city.
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