Panel Examines Charlottesville Affordable Housing

The ongoing discussion on what to do about affordable housing in Charlottesville resurfaced again on Saturday, with the showing of a documentary about the Vinegar Hill neighborhood at the James Madison Regional Library followed by a panel discussion.

Vinegar Hill was a thriving African-American neighborhood before it was demolished in the 1960’s and later redeveloped.

The film documented the impact of segregation and poll taxes that existed at the time and resulted in forcing many people unable to defend their properties to relocate against their will.

Several Charlottesville residents attending Saturday’s meeting expressed the need to rebuild that neighborhood now.