Fascinating Photos of Norfolk in the 1990s

The 1990s were a time of economic growth and cultural change for the city of Norfolk, Virginia. The city’s economy continued to be fueled by its port and shipping industries, and many new businesses and industries were established in the area. The city’s population also increased, as people from different backgrounds and regions moved to Norfolk in search of work and opportunity.

One of the most significant events of the 1990s in Norfolk was the establishment of the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News metropolitan area. In the early 1990s, the cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Newport News joined together to form a metropolitan area, which became one of the largest in the United States. This collaboration allowed the cities to work together to attract new businesses and industries, and it helped to stimulate economic growth in the region.

In addition to its economic growth, the 1990s were also a time of cultural change in Norfolk. The city’s arts and entertainment scene continued to flourish, and many talented artists and performers called Norfolk home. The city also became more politically active, as residents became involved in a variety of social and political issues.

#1 Bicyling employees leaving Norfolk Naval, Norfolk, 1990s

#13 Bessie Pender, a former school janitor who put herself through college to become a teacher, , Norfolk, 1990s

#14 A female US soldier at the Naval Air Sation in Norfolk, 1990s

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  1. I’m not sure how much I buy the 90’s time frame for most of these. 80’s sure. Pic #9 is 100% from the early 80’s. It shows the construction of Waterside next to the then Omni (now Sheraton) on the river. The Waterside garage and Marriott have not been built yet either.

  2. I used to volunteer for the MOCA Boardwalk Art Show and I remember having a conversation with another volunteer. She moved here in the late 80s and she told me nearly every house in her area was dilapidated, but over time, she watched the neighborhood improve, one house at a time. Hampton Roads needs a lot of work, but we can’t deny it has made progress over the years, as well.

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