Current MLS Listings for Jackson Ward
City of Richmond (Zone 10)
You cannot have a conversation about Jackson Ward's present and future without having a conversation about its past. In many significant ways, JW's history mirrors the history of the much of the City in the last 75 years. The neighborhood has moved from thriving and relevant (up until the 1950’s) to blighted and depressed (during the last half of the century) and is now trending powerfully in a positive direction. (listings here)
JW's location is very important to the city in that it really bridges the gap from Downtown to VCU and touches City Hall, VCU Medical Campus (MCV), Historic Broad Street and the Fan. It also touches or contains some of the most important buildings in the City and has been the site of some of the City's biggest successes and most high profile failures in the recent past.
Today, the Jackson Ward neighbohrood is leading Richmond's resurgence. And while many reasons exist for the decline of Jackson Ward from the middle 1960's until the end of the century, many are the result of highly controversial and divisive subjects within Richmond's past. Since 2000, the private development community has done wonders in bringing the neighborhood back to its fromer glory.
Often times, an individuals age will dictate their opinion on JW and in many ways, their views of Downtown. This view is usually related to the numerous efforts by the City to revitalize Broad Street that failed in rather spectacular fashion due to flawed planning, lack of leadership, unreal assumptions and/or poor execution. However, in the late 1990's and early 2000's the trend began to reverse.
While there may be a differing of opinion as to the reason, some combination of VCU’s presence, "Historic Tax Credit" eligibility, strategic location, attractive building stock and general population trends all continue.