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View Poll Results: Which would you prefer?
Louisville 13 10.57%
Richmond 25 20.33%
New Orleans 13 10.57%
Hartford 5 4.07%
Salt Lake 30 24.39%
Birmingham 7 5.69%
Buffalo 11 8.94%
Rochester 5 4.07%
Grand Rapids 6 4.88%
Tucson 8 6.50%
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Old 11-08-2017, 07:37 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Richmond City had a population density of 5945 in 37.0 square miles in 1960. The difference from then and now? By 1960, Richmond's core was already experiencing decline due to suburbanization, white flight, and the construction of I-95 . Since roughly 2005, the inner core of Richmond has seen enormous reinvestment and people have moved back into the core by the shipload.
Like many of the cities that hit their peak population in the middle of the 20th Century but have more recently gentrified and renewed, housing stock that used to house families is now often filled with childless couples and singles. It's unreasonable to expect that any of these cities will match their peak populations without significant new housing stock built as infill. Often white flight is cited as the reason for lower population and density when, in fact, a strong argument can now be made that it's the poor and working class that are getting squeezed out of urban areas and many cities proper.
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