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LETTER: Richmond Can’t Go It Alone on Poverty and Violence

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In her interview with professor Thad Williamson, who is taking the helm of the city's new anti-poverty office, Tina Griego left one significant question unasked: How are the counties involved — if at all?

It is no secret that Richmond's poverty and violence have seeped into Henrico, especially in the east and north. What effect will rejuvenating (with a commendable holistic approach) Richmond's languishing neighborhoods have on the surrounding counties? As is tragically obvious, Richmond does not exist in a vacuum. Will this city ever be healed by itself, even with this laudable initiative?

O. Benjamin Sparks
Richmond

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