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Dividing Lines: How Norfolk Remains Deeply Segregated, In 8 Maps

Norfolk’s segregation isn’t hard to see.

The city is close to half Black and half white, according to the most recent Census data.

But there aren’t a lot of neighborhoods where you see that kind of split. By and large, there are Black neighborhoods and there are white neighborhoods, especially in the older core of Norfolk.

Decisions made 60, 80 or 100 years ago segregated neighborhoods by race and deprived Black residents of economic and educational resources afforded to those in white neighborhoods.

Many Black residents were left trapped in crumbling communities with few options for escape. Over the past several decades, even as some of the country’s racial divisions have narrowed, the barriers between Norfolk neighborhoods have remained remarkably firm.

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