All Things Urban

The Photovoice experience allows individuals to (1) reflect on their community’s strengths and concerns through photographs, (2) initiate critical dialogue and knowledge about important urban environmental issues in a variety of arenas (i.e., work, civic, home, church, families), (3) carry this knowledge to critical stakeholders (i.e., policymakers, advocates, political leadership) for action and change. 

This Photovoice experience was inspired by two VUU graduates, Mr. Clarence Nowlin (Criminal Justice) and Ms. Alisha Williams (Psychology) who led a professional poster presentation at the Center’s 2013 Urban Child Symposium.  This presentation was entitled, “How can we use the Broken Windows Theory to Inform Young Urban Youth that the Community Cares”. 

First described by psychologist Philip Zimbardo and later formulated by political scientist James Wilson and criminologist George Kelling, the Broken Windows Theory proposes that seemingly insignificant, minor, and deleterious environmental surroundings can potentially trigger more significant destruction, deterioration, disorder, stagnation and chaos among the community members.  Essentially, “If a window is broken and left unrepaired people walking by will conclude that no one cares”.  Nowlin and Williams suggest that environmental urban conditions in a state of decline, disorganization, and disrepair can impact a child’s psychological development and interfere with a normal growth trajectory.  Their proposal prompts an interesting inquiry at minimum. 

The Center expanded the project initiated by Nowlin & Williams and collected more photographs that reflect the “urbanicity” of the City of Richmond.  While we know children can mature, grow and develop under harsh conditions, it is our responsibility mitigate the harshness where possible; increasing the positive living space and enriching the urban ecosystem for the children who reside in it. 

 

We hope this Photovoice experience will inspire you to make that commitment and contribute. 

 

Absorb the images of this Photovoice, “All Things Urban” and allow it to inspire what your contribution will be.   

Urban Richmond

Urban Richmond

What is Urban?

What is Urban?

N. 9th Street

N. 9th Street

Still Standing

Still Standing

Community

Community

Urban landscape shaped by federal programs.

Still Looking

Still Looking

School Relocation

School Relocation

School funding has been significantly impacted.

Decisions

Decisions

Community wonders if their voices are heard.

Waiting to be Built

Waiting to be Built

Come this way...

Come this way...

Trying

Trying

Contrast

Contrast

Rubbish

Rubbish

Some municipal services are not prioritized.

Walk with Purpose

Walk with Purpose

Hopeful...

Hopeful...

Inaccessible

Inaccessible

Broken & Boarded

Broken & Boarded

Stay on track...

Stay on track...

Safe Zones

Safe Zones

No Tolerance Policies may not be the answer.

Time Has Come

Time Has Come

Elkhardt Middle School eventually relocated - Mold

Resources Needed

Resources Needed

Schools are still in dire need of resources.

Community School

Community School

Community School

Community School

Vacant

Vacant

Trespassers will be...

Trespassers will be...

Tag...You're it !!!

Tag...You're it !!!

Look closely

Look closely

The tag speaks volumes -- employment is critical11

Creative Minds

Creative Minds

Rites of Passage

Rites of Passage

Want to play?

Want to play?

Walls Can Talk

Walls Can Talk

Daunting View

Daunting View

Now in Focus

Now in Focus

Home

Home

Crayon Box

Crayon Box

It Takes a Village

It Takes a Village

Overgrown

Overgrown

Not all recreation areas are treated equally.

P.E.

P.E.

Fresh Food

Fresh Food

Access to fresh food continues to be a challenge.

Food Desert

Food Desert

Boys & Bicycles

Boys & Bicycles

Beads & Braids

Beads & Braids

Fathers are...

Fathers are...

Images captured  and shared by 

Mr. Clarance Nowlin, VUU Graduate, Criminal Justice Major

Ms. Alisha Williams, VUU Graduate, Psychology Major

Mr. Michael  Harris, House of Pix