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For almost ten years, Dr. John Moeser, Senior Fellow of the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, has been analyzing U.S. Census data to track poverty trends among the localities of metropolitan Richmond. He started this project to inform the public about the growth of impoverishment and its effect on every aspect of urban life. As word began to circulate about the study, Dr. Moeser was invited by public officials, business executives, heads of non-profit organizations, leaders in the faith community, and neighborhood-based associations to speak and lead discussions about poverty including the history associated with the concentration of poverty and the steps that needed to be taken in the public and private sectors to build wealth and reduce poverty.

The statistics posted on the UR Scholarship Repository focus strictly on census data pertaining to poverty trends in Richmond and its suburbs. They do not include slides related to the history of concentrated poverty or policy interventions necessary to address poverty.



Two people who deserve special recognition for their assistance in constantly updating the maps and tables are Matthew Chemielewski and Dillon Massey, both of whom were excellent students at the University of Richmond and worked in the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement.

Others who provided assistance for Unpacking the Census included:

Scott Clark, Transit Analyst, GRTC Transit System
Kenny McLemore, Housing Policy Analyst, Dept. of Eco & Community Dev, City of Richmond
Dr. Robert Nelson, Director, Digital Scholarship Lab, University of Richmond
Michael Rogers, Graduate, University of Richmond
Will Sanford and Brian Koziol, Housing Opportunities Made Equal
John Taylor, Planner, Dept. of Planning & Dev., City of Richmond
Michael Sarahan, Graduate, Virginia Commonwealth University