Broken promises, the death of dreams, in South Norfolk, Chesapeake, VA
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Since: Jun 11
#1 May 2, 2012
The name itself is a contradiction. South Norfolk. What may have started as an independent city South of Norfolk, VA has become an impoverished neighborhood of Chesapeake, VA. The name is reminiscent of any other number of cities to the North, West, East, or South of a major city that has ended up worse off than the city is sits outside. East St. Louis immediately comes to mind.
Yet South Norfolk has never been in as dire straits as East St. Louis. Yet to hear locals tell it, the place isn't that much better. Why is it that South Norfolk is part of Chesapeake instead of Norfolk? Why does one leave with the idea that it could have been far better off as part of Norfolk? I used to live in South Norfolk back in 2007. I have seen worse slums, in Ohio, in Detroit, MI, in Cleveland, OH. The problem with South Norfolk, is not that its that bad, but the fact that the surrounding neighborhoods are that good, at least those further into Chesapeake.
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