Thad Williamson, associate professor of leadership studies, discusses poverty in Richmond and what the city can do to lower the poverty rate.


The high rate of people living in poverty here has been a century in the making, and it will take years to overcome, said Thad Williamson, who formerly led Richmond’s Office of Community Wealth Building, an agency focused on battling poverty.

“Nationally, the Richmond story is similar to a lot of other places, but it’s almost like a caricature,” said Williamson, an associate professor of leadership studies at the University of Richmond.

“There’s a central city with a high degree of poverty and racial minorities surrounded by more affluent, whiter suburbs.”


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