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Communities Seeks Ways to Unify and Build Resilience in Wake of Charlottesville Violence

In the hours and days following the violence in Charlottesville, people responded to the trauma in different ways. They came together in parks and places of worship; they organized listening sessions and collaborated on self-care tool kits. Some are also seeking ways to do more to counter white supremacy. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

In Gentrifying Neighborhoods, Land Trust Model Helps Protect Affordable Housing

Richmond has a new tool to slow gentrification and create permanently affordable housing stock. The Maggie Walker Community Land Trust is nearing completion of its first home and advocates aim to expand the model. 88.9 WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

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In North Church Hill, Freda Green-Bolling opens the door of her mossy green Italianate style home.

Freda Green Bolling: Would you like some lemonade?

Building Civic Capacity on the Long Road to School Reform

The City of Richmond is tackling a long list of challenges facing the school system, including neglected facilities, academic achievement and hiring a superintendent. Leaders are also shaping an “education compact” to bring more stakeholders together. On today’s Learning Curve, 88.9 WCVE’s Catherine Komp gets some outside perspective from author and professor Clarence Stone.

Navigating The Rapids: Life Lessons On And Off The River

In the heart of Richmond, the James River attracts boaters and fishermen; hikers and cyclists; conservationists and citizen scientists. One resident turned his passion for paddling into a career that connects him and his passengers to the City’s whitewater rapids. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

(Photography, sound and production support by Angela Massino, Marshall Lloyd, Gabrielle Jones and WCVE intern Alexander Austin.)

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The Richmond Cookbook Project: Documenting a City Through Recipes and Stories

What is the identity of a city through residents favorite recipes? When you put these different people and dishes, side by side, what do you create? Those questions are being explored by documentary photographer Steven Casanova in a new project called “The Richmond Cookbook.” WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

New Robotics Academy Preps Youth with Disabilities for Jobs in Technology

Across the country, people with disabilities face barriers to employment. In Virginia, the Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities program offers training in information technology and modern manufacturing. Part of the initiative includes a robotics academy for young people with disabilities. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Learning Curve.

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In Central Virginia, Ramadan Potlucks Build Bridges Between Faiths and Backgrounds

In response to racial, ethnic and religious hate crimes and rhetoric, many are looking for ways to foster tolerance and celebrate diversity. In the Richmond area, many years of interfaith dialogues between Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities have led to a new tradition. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

As Frank Lloyd Wright Turns 150, A ‘Small Jewel’ In Virginia Shares Lessons In Simplicity

June 8, 2017 marks 150 years since of the birth of acclaimed architect Frank Lloyd Wright and events are taking place all summer across the country. Known for famous buildings like Falling Water and the Guggenheim Museum, Wright also experimented with more affordable housing. One of these "Usonian" homes in Virginia was almost demolished by the state. For Virginia Currents, WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more on the family that commissioned the home and the woman who saved it.

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