Neighborhood Safety Working Group

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Jefferson Davis Corridor has twice as much crime compared to the rest of the City of  Richmond.

Jefferson Davis Corridor has a higher crime rate, at 496.4 crimes per 10,000 residents compared to Richmond City, at 239.4 crimes per 10,000 residents.

In the RVA Thrives geographic area, the number of crimes has increased slightly in the last four years, from 6096 crimes in 2013 to 7266 in 2017, according to the Richmond Police Department.

Property destruction, drugs, and theft/vandalism of cars are the most common crimes along the Jefferson Davis Corridor, more common than shoplifting, simple assault, or trespassing.

Community Voice

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The 2017 Community Listening Process involved 700 people through surveys and one-to-one interviews.

Jefferson Davis Corridor residents are concerned with these issues related to safety:

  • Pedestrian Safety

  • Public Health

  • Beautification

  • Youth Programs

RVA Thrives researched each sub issue, bringing together academic research, quantitative data, lived experience, and historical context into what we call the Data Sweet Spot.

Two issues — Pedestrian Safety and Youth Programs — were topics around which neighbors felt they could take collective action.

Pedestrian Safety

  • Since January 2017, there have been 878 hit-and-runs accidents in the Jefferson-Davis Corridor.

  • Individuals who do not feel safe walking or cycling in their community are less likely to be out walking, running, and playing. Being physically active has important health benefits.

Youth Programs

  • In 2016, in the RVA Thrives geographic area, there were approximately 2000 teens ages 12-17.

  • Extracurricular and after-school programs that engage youth provide them with a safe space from violence in their community and help encourage them to stay out of the violence in their community.

  • Among children, growing up in high crime neighborhoods is associated with lower academic achievement and physical activity, and higher rates of stress.


Equitable Solution

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The Neighborhood Safety working group developed a proposal to form a youth program that would bring Black and Latinx youth together to create traffic-calming street art.

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Called, ARCA (Art, Racial Reconciliation, and Civic Advocacy), this program has been vetted by the RVA Thrives Steering Committee and focus groups of black and latinx youth. It will launch in January 2019.

ARCA promotes equity for young people of color, specifically Latinx and Black youth, by equipping them with civic advocacy training and an artistic platform to advocate for expanded bike paths along the Jefferson Davis Corridor.

Learn more about ARCA and sign up to participate here!