This city is hot, and only getting hotter
- Remnants of redlining still plague the city.
- Income inequality is rampant.
- The numbers are scary: the wealthiest 5% in Richmond recieve 29% of the cities aggregate wealth while the poorest only receive 2.4%.
- State, Federal, and local policies have subsidized the development and proliferation of predominately white suburbs in urban metropolitan areas for much of the 20th century.
- Urban cities like Richmond are littered with dark hard impervious surfaces that create a variety of issues
- “Heat-islands” extend heatwaves and amplify high heat and the effects of global climate change.
- Racial segregation, financial innequality, and the city of Richmonds negligent pursuit of development in low-income neighborhoods has set up the perfect storm for heat-island formation.