City Councilwoman Ellen F. Robertson, 6th District, second from right, cuts the ribbon to formally open the new basketball courts in the Hillside Court public housing community in South Side. Joining in the ceremony last Saturday are, from left, Nicholas J. “Nick” Cooper of Citizen HKS, the nonprofit that led the design effort with residents; Tavares Floyd, Ms. Robertson’s council liaison; and Ralph Stuckey, director of resident services for the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority.
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Call it Sharmar “Simba” Hill Jr.’s new house. Last Saturday, a huge, colorful basketball court was dedicated in honor of the 3-year-old who was killed by a stray bullet in February 2020 while playing outside his family’s home in the Hillside Court public housing community in South Side.