Topographies of Power: The Lasting Impacts of Racial Zoning

Research Paper
Author:Key, Mary, Architecture UndergraduateUniversity of Virginia

This paper explores the history of planning and zoning practices found across the state of Virginia, including cities like Lynchburg and Richmond, that ultimately directly influenced the racially motivated planning and zoning practices of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. The broader implications of these planning and zoning practices create topographies of power that can be seen not only at the larger scale of the state and the city, but also the scale of the individual neighborhood through resources like the comprehensive plans of these cities that delve into background and neighborhood analysis that prove the racially motivated origins of these practices. This work was completed as part of the Spring 2021 course Field Methods and Building Archaeology directed by Professor Alissa Diamond.

Locust Grove, Neighborhoods, Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Richmond, Virginia, Topographies of Power, Power, Landscape, Zoning, Land Use
University of Virginia
Published Date:
May 06, 2021