study architecture & art. Norfolk is a bigger city in terms of people. Its major competitionfor the cultural capital of Hampton Roads is Virginia Beach. Norfolk has the AttucksSquare center. I remember walking around Attucks Theater center all of the time in myyouth. I was a walker back then. I could walk 2-3 miles non-stop per day in the 1990’s. Myfamily walked a lot and had competitions to see how fast we would go into locations. Iknow the Attucks Square neighborhood (
next to Huntersville, Huntersville Village, andYoung Park
), which is made up of mostly middle class African American people. Back inthe day, the Attucks Square Theater hosted many black musicians. Later, it was torndown and it was rebuilt in the 21
century. Many jazz musicians and other performingartists go into Attucks Square Theater today in 2010. There are electronic billboards nownear Attucks Square Theater describing new acts now. It’s located in Church Street.Church Street is known for having a lot of churches there. There are about 4 churches inChurch Street in close proximity with each other. There is also an obelisk memorial to Dr.Martin Luther King there as well near Virginia Beach Blvd. The rebuilding of NorfolkDowntown came in the 80’s, but it never went into that next level until MacArthur’s Mallwas constructed in 1999. Even Before 1999, a lot of abandoned buildings existed inDowntown Norfolk. After that, Norfolk’s development in downtown grew. Some peoplesay that crime is a serious problem in Norfolk, but crime was much worse nationwide inthe late 1980’s and early 1990’s than today. Back in those days, you couldn’t come outsidein night without hearing gunshots for minutes on end. Norfolk have many historicneighborhoods like Attucks Square, Huntersville, Ghent, Lambers Point, Young Park,Norview, Calvert Park, Tidewater Park, Ballentine Place, Park Place, Ocean View, andmany others (Famous streets in Norfolk are Tidewater Drive, Princess Anne Road, LittleCreek Road, Virginia Beach Blvd., and other roads). I’ve been to all of these places before.So, I’m not ashamed of where I am from. I am what I am as it pertains to what I am. Icame into Pembroke Mall in Virginia Beach to eat at a restaurant.
I’ve been to MilitaryCircle Mall and Janaf Shopping Center in Norfolk, Virginia on a lot of occasions(to shop, pay bills, go to the bank, eat at restaurants, and other activities).
Norfolkin a sense grew and the controversial Light Rail system in coming in Norfolk. VirginiaBeach is a tourist city. My father doesn’t too much like Virginia Beach, because of obviousreasons. A lot of younger kids don’t know that many years ago, there were bad racialtensions in Virginia Beach. There were the riots in the late 1980’s and so forth. That timewas a little over 20 years after King’s assassination. That wasn’t too long ago. It’s only inrecent years, where in Hampton Roads there is much more better relations betweengroups of people (especially the young kids and young adults).
Hampton Roads camea long way and we have a long way to go to witness a much better societythat our forefathers envisioned. There are synagogues and a Greek OrthodoxChurch on Granby Street in Norfolk, VA.