Above: Flooded Norfolk neighborhood. Photo credit VASG/Jessica Taylor
The neighborhood of Ingleside lies in a waterfront suburb of Norfolk, Virginia — a city that simultaneously relies on, and lies under threat from, the sea. As neighborhoods in Norfolk go, Ingleside is fairly typical. Though some homes were constructed as far back as the 1920s, most of the neighborhood was built out in the 1950s and ’60s. The residents of Ingleside are representative of the full diversity of the city as well. As the sign in front of the Ingleside Baptist Church boasts, the people are “joyfully multicultural.” The houses range from million dollar estates on the water to affordable apartments, which house retirees, young families and couples just getting started.
Then, of course, Ingleside is also typical because, like much of Norfolk, it floods regularly.
Story produced by science communication interns Sarah Ruiz, Jessica Taylor and Daniel Diaz-Etchevehere, and directed and edited by former VASG communications center manager Ian Vorster.