Urban Campus

Elbow Room

Carver residents trace their uneasy relationship with VCU to the opening of the Siegel Center in 1999, which began the University’s ongoing push north of Broad Street. A recreation center, a parking structure, a large bookstore, a 396-bed student dorm, and an artschool complex followed. Because the projects made use of abandoned and underutilized properties along Broad Street, residents and local businesses were not displaced. Nevertheless, some Carver residents objected to any plans that would increase student population in the neighborhood, fearing that the character of the small neighborhood would be lost.

Elbow Room