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Healthy City

VPM News presents: Healthy City

This fall 2023 special series of reports dives into how Richmond's neighborhoods promote — or hinder — residents' well-being.

At its core, Healthy City asks: How easy is it for people living in Richmond to find/get what they need? How equitable is it?

How “healthy” is any Richmonder’s access to what’s needed to survive and thrive in 2023?

Written by VPM News and VPM News Focal Point. Edited by Whittney Evans and Connor Scribner.

Additional editing by Dave Cantor, Meghin Moore, Megan Pauly and Dawnthea M. Price Lisco.

Series and drone photography by Shaban Athuman.

Listen to Healthy City, Part 1

Listen to Healthy City, Part 2

A garden with pink coneflowers is seen in the foreground, as a man is seen walking by fencing in the background.
Finding patience, resilience and beauty in the face of injustice.

By Patrick Larsen
A portrait of Lindsey
Only about 7% of companies with employees in the city are Black-owned.
A drone view of Davee Gardens
Development opportunities are scarce following the second failed casino referendum.

By Whittney Evans and Megan Pauly
A portrait of Shalisha and Landon
COVID-19's effects on health care settings worsened barriers to care for pregnant people of color.
A person walks down broad street while speaking on the phone
One transportation advocate said keeping free bus rides will help ensure transit stays efficient and equitable.

By Shaban Athuman and Ian M. Stewart
A person sits on their front porch
Historical lending discrimination and modern neighborhood devaluation harm residents’ economic opportunities.
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Veronica O. Davis recently wrote a book on reconnecting Black and brown neighborhoods divided by highways.

By Ian M. Stewart
A dental student explains the dental procedure to a man sitting in a chair
People without access to insurance can’t afford out-of-pocket costs for dental health. What do they do?
Construction is seen near downtown Richmond
Trains, car brakes and construction are just some of the daily sounds Richmonders hear.

By Ian M. Stewart