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Introduction[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

This section needs to be redone. I have preserved the following discussion about the proper pronunciation. Atradeus 12:50, 27 May 2007 (UTC)[]


I am a Norfolk native and the correct pronunciation is NOR-f'k. Only people living in Richmond pronounce it incorrectly as NAW-f'k. I actually cringe when I hear people say NAW-f'k. You do not pronouncer the "L" - and most city or town names often become slurred with long familiarity with the word. Only people "not from Norfolk" say NorFOLK. This comes from my mere 70 years experience. Incidentally, in the background a man is exalting the beauty of Norfolk, and he pronounces it correctly! ----SandraDumont

Some residents do not pronounce the "L" in the city's name, pronouncing it "NAW-fuk" instead of "NOR-folk" while others claim it is heralded as "NOR-fick",

I don't understand that. It implies "folk" has a pronounced l, which it doesn't...? Morwen - Talk 13:53, 10 Feb 2005 (UTC)

I made this edit, and the edit up there now - A sizeable portion of the poulation pronounces the town's name this alternative way, (as I do) so I feel it warrants a mention. It may even be the more prevalent pronunciation (and it is a topic near and dear to my heart.) As to your comment, some (ill-guided) locals and tourists actually do (incorreclty or not) pronounce the L in norfolk.

I just want to chime in, and agree. At least locally, the "L" is usually silent when other Virginians speak of the city. Vaoverland 08:38, Mar 18, 2005 (UTC)

  • Not sure exactly how to write the pronunciation section yet, but for starter, for the Love of God, please don't use the word FUCK in the description of the pronunciation. That is just vulgar and unprofessional - not something I'd expect to see in an encyclopedia. I think the pronunciation would best be covered in its own section heading, Pronunciation, and we should use the standard IPA to describe this. The Louisville, Kentucky article has a good example of how to cover the pronunciation of the city. Also, as a general rule, the Trivia section should be removed and the info about the naval shipyard should be migrated elsewhere, as Trivia sections are not really standard for city articles (we learned this in the Louisville article as it is currently up for featured article status and that was one of the concerns raised). Dr. Cash 04:31, 28 July 2005 (UTC)[]

Since a vast, vast majority of people from the area pronounce it without the L, would it be right to call the "folk" pronounciation "incorrect?" Saying that would give people a clear-cut message that most people who know better don't do that. Hiyayaywhopee 03:55, 23 August 2005 (UTC)[]

I live in southeast Virginia, and I say "NAW-fuck", the folks from Suffolk pronounce it as "NAW-folk", like they would "SUF-olk". I also deal alot with the Norfolk Southern Railroad and I hear it commonly pronounced by employees and railfans as "NOR-fick" "Su-th-ern". I still think it is "NAW-fuck." Brakeman Billy 18:04, 8 August 2006 (UTC)[]

This is off the topic title, but in the discussion: The shipyard is named "Norfolk" because the location is in, the (now defunct) County of Norfolk. It has nothing to do with Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. See here (http://www.nnsy1.navy.mil/History/NAME.HTM) for a reference. I do not know how to add the reference myself, so I will leave it to someone with more experiance. Bill Mason

There is a Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, VA, they deal with Nuclear subs and such, I thought this was because there is already a Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in NH? Brakeman Billy 18:49, 19 September 2006 (UTC)[]

History[edit]

The overall length of the history section needs to shortened, especially the Downtown Norfolk section. However, whatever you take out please remember to add it to the History of Norfolk page.

- No mention of time period between burning in 1776 and 1800. - No mention of war of 1812. - Bullet points from later 19th to present time need to be put into prose. - Downtown Norfolk section needs to be shortened, but remember that anything you delete out needs to be added to the Downtown Norfolk Virginia page. Atradeus 12:50, 27 May 2007 (UTC)[]

Benjamin Franklin[edit]

I know the cited source states the yellow fever ship was the USS Benjamin Franklin, but unless the now-decommissioned nuclear submarine — it's the only US Navy ship ever named Banjamin Franklin — time-travelled, it must just be a ship named Benjamin Franklin. (None of the five ships named USS Franklin were in commission in 1855.) I have changed the text to reflect this. — Bellhalla 12:24, 10 June 2007 (UTC)[]

Sources[edit]

This is nice write up for the history of Norfolk, but where did it come from? Sourcing would be nice to getting this article on the way to FA. Chrisfortier 18:26, 11 August 2007 (UTC)[]

Thanks. It is my gradual work, but sourcing was going to be the last thing I did after I got around to redoing the modern history, but I havent had much time recently (not that Ièm the only one who could do it *cough*), so sourcing has suffered as well. Its the least fun part, lol going back and citing census figures, or the historie of travaile in Virginia, or the other documents, but I have been archiving the stuff for when I do get a chance, maybe in another week or so.Atradeus 00:54, 14 August 2007 (UTC)[]

Was there one book that you found everything or one internet site? I could help you there. Chrisfortier 01:42, 14 August 2007 (UTC)[]

Here is a couple links. A Historie of Travail into Verginia Britannia (1610), John Smith.. I'm not sure where you can find a link, but I'm sure the important stuff is floating out there for a google search.

All I have time to give you right now, have to study for summer exams now. Thanks for the help and Good Luck! Atradeus 23:08, 14 August 2007 (UTC) Oh, on the main history of Norfolk website is the preserved text I wrote for the pre-colonial history if you want to cite and add that back to the main article.[]

Thank you for posting that and good luck on summer exams. Chrisfortier 04:06, 15 August 2007 (UTC)[]

Reduction[edit]

I have sourced as much as I can find (I'll keep sourcing if I find something else). Now I would like to reduce the section to make the article a little more bearable (of course, moving everything over to the History of Norfolk, Virginia article. Should I just summarize? Chrisfortier 21:37, 11 October 2007 (UTC)[]

Excellent work - the article is coming along nicely! I agree that the history section could use some trimming, but it's not too bad. I suggest taking a look at an FA quality city article to get an idea of what depth of discussion works. Off the top of my head, I know Seattle is a featured article, though there may be better examples.--Kubigula (talk) 00:58, 12 October 2007 (UTC)[]

Law and Government[edit]

Currently non-existent, needs lots of love. Atradeus 12:50, 27 May 2007 (UTC)[]

Economy[edit]

Culture and Contemporary Life[edit]

Perhaps the culture section could link to a separate article on the culture of Hampton Roads in general, since a lot of culture seems to overlap with other cities? Atradeus 12:50, 27 May 2007 (UTC)[]

Education[edit]

Someone should include a paragraph or two about the programs offered in Norfolk's public schools similar to the one in the Virginia Beach section. People come from all over just to learn at NPS.

Media[edit]

The media section is currently nonexistent and needs to be written.Atradeus 12:50, 27 May 2007 (UTC)[]

Now there is a media section. My only question is how to handle the radio section since there are so many in the area. Suggestions and formatting welcome. Chrisfortier 14:41, 4 August 2007 (UTC)[]

Geography and Climate[edit]

Needs descriptors and a general one paragraph overview. Atradeus 12:50, 27 May 2007 (UTC)[]

Demographics[edit]

Needs cleanup and to be expanded upon. Atradeus 12:50, 27 May 2007 (UTC)[]

Transportation and Infrastructure[edit]

Needs to be cleaned up. Atradeus 12:50, 27 May 2007 (UTC)[]

A lot of the information that is being put into this section is extraneous. Please limit your additions to the general topic. Specific bus schedules, cruises, etc. change often and shouldnèt be included.

Cityscape[edit]

Needs additional content. Atradeus 12:50, 27 May 2007 (UTC)[]

Miscellaneous[edit]

Satellite Photo[edit]

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Where exactly did this satellite photo come from? I'm having a really hard time picturing the cities in it, especially comparing it to newer satellite images from Google Maps. The caption says the Newport News and Hampton are in it as well, but it seems to me like it looks more like south Hampton Roads, not the Peninsula cities. Dr. Cash 16:15, 28 July 2005 (UTC)[]

Maybe it'd help to turn your head? North is to the left: That squarish thing in the middle is Craney Island. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is just visible at the top.
—wwoods 16:36, 28 July 2005 (UTC)[]
Ok, I think I see it now. I think I recognize Willoughby Spit, and a few of the bridge-tunnels. Thanks! Dr. Cash 16:52, 28 July 2005 (UTC)[]
Is there anyway that the photo can be rotated 90 degrees clockwise and updated, so that is reflects a truer north-south axis when viewing it? Atradeus 12:50, 27 May 2007 (UTC)[]

Norfolk Flag[edit]

NAVA's American City Flags Survey ranks the flags of 150 U.S. Cities. Norfolk's down at 116, but it's on there. I don't know any of the legal mumbo-jumbo about using the graphic on the site, but I figure you guys can figure it out, right? Hiyayaywhopee 05:47, 22 August 2005 (UTC)[]

Thanks for finding that! US (and state and city) flag images are in the public domain, so I uploaded the file and placed the appropriate US/city flag copyright tag on the image. Dr. Cash 16:36, 22 August 2005 (UTC)[]

Photos[edit]

The page could use some more good quality photos of Norfolk, especially a large panorama of downtown (I'll try and get one in the next few weeks) and of some neighborhoods and Ocean View. Atradeus 12:50, 27 May 2007 (UTC)[]

References and External Links[edit]

Needs work. Atradeus 12:50, 27 May 2007 (UTC)[]

Article Format[edit]

Somewhere there is a mistake on the Norfolk page that causes the "edit" link for each section to go down to the next section. It starts between the Downtown Norfolk's decline and rebirth section and the Government and Lawsection. I can't figure it out. If anybody can fix it, please help. Leondegrance 20:58, 3 October 2007 (UTC)[]

I have noticed that...I don't know how to fix it. Chrisfortier 22:06, 3 October 2007 (UTC)[]

Fixed - odd effect caused by template placement.--Kubigula (talk) 22:22, 3 October 2007 (UTC)[]

Thank you! Chrisfortier 03:36, 4 October 2007 (UTC)[]

Commonwealth[edit]

Virginia and a few other states (Mass, for one) have called themselves commonwealths since they were created - see the official site for the Commonwealth of Virginia. So, it's neither new nor politically correct.--Kubigula (talk) 19:42, 15 June 2007 (UTC)[]
Virginia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky refer to themselves as Commonwealths. This has been going on since colonial days. It's nothing new. Dr. Cash 19:15, 4 August 2007 (UTC)[]
Is "State" the new politically correct name for a Commonwealth or a Republic? LOL!! Leondegrance 20:58, 3 October 2007 (UTC)[]

If you read the article Commonwealth you will find the term more appealing to those who believe in a govt of the people, this is the nature of its origin. --THE FOUNDERS INTENT PRAISE 13:58, 12 February 2010 (UTC)[]

Virginia likes to call it self a commonwealth due to tradition and the view of being a commonwealth is more prestigious. Yeah I know, it is not like Canada or Jamaica in which the head of state is appointed by the Queen of England, but Virginians do prefer to use of that term. Along with having a very cruddy education system, but that tends to be the standard in the United States. No one wants to fix the system, either let it bleed or hope it fixes it self. There is a way to actually fix the system, but I have a pessimistic view about the United States and its people. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2600:8805:1600:367:F5A4:ECBC:B4B6:266A (talk) 16:53, 24 April 2017 (UTC)[]

B class[edit]

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section.

I believe this article is now B-class. It's seen a good deal of improvement. However, there are still lots of manual of style improvements and wikifying to be made. Section headers also need to be modified and shortened to be in agreement with WP:MSH. Any unsourced data and key information needs references, and the citations should be formatted in compliance with WP:CITE. The next stage is GA, which involves an independent review. Please see WP:WIAGA for information on the good article criteria. Dr. Cash 04:29, 12 October 2007 (UTC)[]

The discussion above is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

GA[edit]

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section.

As a first glance at this article in reference to its GA nomination, I think there's still quite a bit of work to do. The organization of sections is poor, and needs to be revisited. Take a look at the order of sections in the US city guideline -- the first sections should be 'history', 'geography', 'demographics', and 'economy'. The use of multiple subsection headers is discouraged, in favor of integrating information into well-written prose within main sections. Consider separating the 'media' and 'sports' sections into their own main sections, and remove the external links from the 'media' section (only internal wikilinks should be found in article text, and all external links should only be found in the external links section).

The history section looks good at first glance, although it's very image-heavy, specifically near the end. Are all those images really necessary, and can some of them be moved to other sections of the article, or another article? Try to connect the placement of images directly to the text in the article that it is placed near.

Sister cities should be mentioned in its own main section, and not in the 'government' section. The prose in the government section isn't very good, and is, for the most part, just a couple of lists in disguise as prose. I would focus more on how the government interacts with the people and functions, rather than mundane information like when city council meetings are held. The red-links for city judges can be removed; with the exception of well-known supreme court justices, most local judges really don't need wikipedia articles (see WP:BIO for guidelines on notability for biographical articles).

Instead of separating the major parts of the economy into subsections, try to weave this together into one comprehensive section discussing the overall economy. Red-links for the corporations should be fixed (some of these are probably subsidiaries of a larger corporation with an existing wikipedia article, so they should be connected here).

The table of television stations makes the media section look more like a directory than an encyclopedia article, and wikipedia is not a directory. The external links to their websites is also not appropriate, either. Take a look at how the media section looks for the Richmond, Virginia article as an example.

It looks like the education section could be weaved together better; it seems to jump around from topic to topic, mainly just 'listing' the various educational opportunities in the city. And what does Operation Smile have to do with education?

Use a difference reference for the record high/low temperature data table. The ustravelweather.com site does not meet WP:RS, as it looks more like a spam/advertising site with minimal weather data and more advertisements. Better, more reliable, citations to be used here are the weather channel (weather.com) or Wunderground (wunderground.com).

The 'utilities' section is very short, and just a listing of utilities. And telephone/cable companies aren't really utilities; including them here is actually a violation of WP:NPOV in that it could be construed as promoting a particular company over another. Utilities are generally things that we need to live, like electricity, water, and heating oil. No one forces you to get cable television, and satellite tv is an option, too. Most people do have telephones, so that's more of a "utility" than tv, but still not required. I would rewrite the utilities section to focus more on the actual sources of electricity, water, and gas -- where are the power plants located, where does the city actually get its water from (a river? an underground reservoir?). The water quality statement seems rather trivial to include and could be construed as self-promotion.

Still a lot of work to be done here, so my first inclination would be that this does not meet GA criteria. Take a look at WP:USCITY, as well as some other GA-class articles, such as Richmond, Virginia or Flagstaff, Arizona, as examples. I'll put this on hold for one week to see if improvements are made. Dr. Cash (talk) 17:49, 25 February 2008 (UTC)[]

Section Headings and Organization[edit]

Fixed The order of sections. I will still integrate the cityscape into the geography section Chrisfortier (talk) 19:42, 25 February 2008 (UTC)[]

History[edit]

Fixed The photos should be near where they are mentioned in the piece. Let me know if that is still too image intensive. Chrisfortier (talk) 19:16, 25 February 2008 (UTC)[]

Sister Cities[edit]

Fixed Sister cities made its own separate section. Chrisfortier (talk) 19:06, 25 February 2008 (UTC)[]

Economy Integration[edit]

Removing subtitles Fixed Chrisfortier (talk) 22:56, 25 February 2008 (UTC)[]
Smoothing the former subsections (making the prose transition easier). Fixed Chrisfortier (talk) 04:11, 26 February 2008 (UTC)[]
Redlinks Fixed Most of these companies are locally owned and did not have parent companies. Some actually had subsidiaries of their own. Chrisfortier (talk) 21:33, 26 February 2008 (UTC)[]

TV Stations[edit]

Fixed Table is gone and replaced with prose and wikilinks. Chrisfortier (talk) 19:03, 25 February 2008 (UTC)[]

Education[edit]

  • Hospitals and Operation Smile Fixed I created a new Healthcare section under Infrastructure. Chrisfortier (talk) 20:55, 25 February 2008 (UTC)[]
  • Weaving the section better Fixed The section now focuses on three areas: elementary and secondary education, higher education, and the City library system. Chrisfortier (talk) 22:48, 26 February 2008 (UTC)[]

Weather Table[edit]

Fixed Now from the Weather Channel Chrisfortier (talk) 20:13, 25 February 2008 (UTC)[]

Utilities[edit]

  • Electricity Fixed Added information about local power plants. Chrisfortier (talk) 23:48, 25 February 2008 (UTC)[]
  • Water Fixed Moved information about the reservoirs from geography section to here. Chrisfortier (talk) 20:51, 25 February 2008 (UTC)[]
  • Gas Fixed Chrisfortier (talk) 20:41, 26 February 2008 (UTC)[]

Government Expansion[edit]

Fixed The judges are removed and a paragraph explaining government-neighborhood interaction was added.

Dubious Statement in Media[edit]

I placed the statement about B-movies and television movies in the article to summarize other activity in the City that was related but individually not notable. Should I remove the sentence? Chrisfortier (talk) 22:37, 7 March 2008 (UTC)[]

I've explained this issue a bit more below (vida infra). Dr. Cash (talk) 22:53, 7 March 2008 (UTC)[]

On Hold Update[edit]

The article is in much better shape, and I think it is very close to meeting the GA criteria. There's still a couple of issues with the article, though.

  • There's really not much of a transition from the civil rights discussion of the 60s to the demise of the city's central shopping districts. The sentence "The advent of newer suburban shopping destinations spelled demise for the fortunes of downtown's Granby Street commercial corridor,..." doesn't really mention a specific time when this happened, either. In fact, I think race probably did have something to do with it, but there really isn't much of a connection here. I think the end of the history section needs to be tied together better.
    • Fixed Hopefully, that is better. Chrisfortier (talk) 15:03, 8 March 2008 (UTC)[]
  • The first three paragraphs of the culture section seem like they were written mostly from someone's own point of view. While they appear well-written, I'm afraid it violates NPOV if they are not cited.
    • Fixed I could not find any sources to back some of the statements up. I had to delete them. If there are sources to back this up, you are more than welcome to add it back in (with sources of course). Chrisfortier (talk) 17:42, 8 March 2008 (UTC)[]
  • More citations needed in the 'education' section -- see may {{cn}} tags. Self-explanatory.
  • I think it would be better to specify that Port Folio Weekly as an "alternative weekly publication", instead of a newspaper, as the article implies. The journal mostly focuses on the pop culture and entertainment scene, so I think it's important to make that distinction. Similarly, you might want to mention the HR Business Journal first, since it seems to be more of a news/business type of publication. I've not heard of the New Journal and Guide, so I'm not sure what type of publication it is. Some "publications" in some cities are, in fact, real estate advertisements in disguise, which I don't think should be mentioned here. So be very careful about this.
    • Fixed None of these publications are real estate related. I have created pages for the publications and have noted them as alternative papers. Chrisfortier (talk) 16:26, 8 March 2008 (UTC)[]
I'd like to see the red links to the publications in the media section converted to actual blue wikilinks (create the articles). A link to the publication's website can then appear in the sub-article. This is, of course, less important to this article's GA since it deals with other articles, though.
There's an external link to Hampton Roads Magazine in the article, which should either be removed or converted to a wikilink. Is HR Magazine really one of those aforementioned "real estate ads in disguise"?
    • Fixed Wikilinked it. No, this magazine is a regional "what is there to do" and "what is interesting" magazine, similar to those you would see in other cities. Chrisfortier (talk) 16:28, 8 March 2008 (UTC)[]
  • The last sentence of the media section dealing with "television movies" and "B-movies" is very general. It would be better to provide more specific examples, and more specific information on the film industry. Also, unless a very large number of B-movies were filmed in the city, I wouldn't think that part is all that notable for inclusion.
    • Fixed None of the titles were notable and I will not count 15-20 as "very large," so I removed the detail. Chrisfortier (talk) 15:06, 8 March 2008 (UTC)[]
  • minor issue More of an editorial point, but for several of the references, I think we can remove the "(HTML)" and "(English)" tags from the citations. It should be implied that a "link" is going to be HTML, and if it's anything else, like a large AVI file or PDF file, then specify that to "warn" them about a potentially large download. Likewise, since this is the ENGLISH wikipedia, it would be implied that links would also be in English. If they are in spanish or another language, then it would be helpful to have a tag letting the reader know that the reference is in another language. Also, whereever possible, it is best to include full author, publisher, and date of publication information, instead of just a link, title, and date of URL retrieval.
    • Fixed I don't know of authors or date of publication with a majority of these references, though. Chrisfortier (talk) 21:10, 8 March 2008 (UTC)[]

Once these issues are addressed, I think the article can be promoted to GA. Cheers! Dr. Cash (talk) 22:53, 7 March 2008 (UTC)[]

The only two issues that remain now are citation-based. First, the sentence about Harbor Park boasting the highest attendance records in minor league baseball is not supported by the citation provided; the information mentions capacity at 12,067, with record attendance at 14,263 (I guess I won't tell the fire marshall ;-), but doesn't make any comparisons of this record versus other ballparks. The article does mention that, "Harbor Park was selected by Baseball America as the finest minor league facility in the land in 1995."
The first paragraph of the culture section is also not backed up by the citation, either. The citation does talk about the varying accents in Virginia, but doesn't mention that Hampton Roads' military population has any contribution to the Tidewater accent (the military isn't even mentioned in the article). It does mention that the NOVA population is somewhat transient, though, but doesn't say anything about Tidewater in this regard. Although what's written does make sense to me as being truthful; nonetheless, it still needs to be backed up with appropriate citations. Dr. Cash (talk) 15:47, 10 March 2008 (UTC)[]
    • Fixed I cannot find anything to back up those statements so I have deleted them. Chrisfortier (talk) 00:11, 11 March 2008 (UTC)[]

The article meets the GA criteria, and will be listed. Going forward, I still think the article could use a good copyedit by an experienced copyeditor, that knows the manual of style well. While the writing and prose is definitely good enough for GA, WP:FAC tends to be very anal retentive, and even little things tend to get comments there (things like verb tense, placement and formatting of references (no space between punctuation and the citation, for example). I think that the 'neighborhoods' section could still be expanded a bit, and I'm still not too crazy about the listing of 'notable buildings' -- this could be moved into the 'neighborhoods' section and become a part of the description of the downtown area, possibly. But overall, this article is GA quality. Good work! Dr. Cash (talk) 15:08, 11 March 2008 (UTC)[]

  • Thank you very much Dr. Cash for your patience with this! Chrisfortier (talk) 18:47, 11 March 2008 (UTC)[]
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Q and NO A[edit]

Which crops prospered Norfolk, Virginia in the 1700s?



ANSWER QUICKLY! VERY DESPERATE FOR THE ANSWER!!!!!!!

You need to do your own homework. J.delanoygabsadds 23:24, 16 December 2008 (UTC)[]

Requested move related to this article[edit]

Please note that there is a requested move to turn Norfolk into a disambiguation page and move what's currently at Norfolk to Norfolk, England. To keep discussion centralized, this discussion will take place at Talk:Norfolk (disambiguation)#Requested_move. Oren0 (talk) 09:07, 15 January 2009 (UTC)[]

Virginia Beach is east of Norfolk[edit]

In this article's opening paragraph, the geography location of Norfolk is discussed. It incorrectly list Virginia Beach as being west of Norfolk. Virginia Beach is located on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. It shares no eastern border with any city.

The approximately geography of Norfolk/ Virginia Beach is a wide squat peninsula formed by the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Elizabeth River to the west and Chesapeake Bay to the north. Above the Elizabeth River's eastern branch, the two cities nearly equally divide this peninsula. Virginia Beach is larger because it continues south to the North Carolina border. The same area below Norfolk is filled in with Chesapeake.

April 7, 20009 Lem Apperson resident Norfolk, VA 68.96.9.7 (talk) 01:04, 8 April 2009 (UTC)[]

Agreed. That was part of several dubious unreferenced changes to the article recently made from an IP address - I reverted the entirety of the edit.--Kubigula (talk) 02:15, 8 April 2009 (UTC)[]

Local pronunciation[edit]

We appear to have some difference of opinion as to the proper local pronunciation. "NAW-fuhk" is the version I most commonly hear from natives, but the other two are pretty common as well. I suggest we simply include all three without qualifiers as to which is the most common.--Kubigula (talk) 22:45, 16 June 2010 (UTC)[]

I will weigh in. There is no doubt of the local pronunciation, which is NAW-fuhk. The correct local pronounciation is the English pronunciation. Norfolk, VA is named for Norfolk, England.... see this video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJl5Vd_FK-M. Look at any English movie that mentions Norfolk, England to hear the correct pronunciation. Check out "Sink the Bismarck" and listen to how the British warship "Norfolk" is pronounced. It is pronounced NAW-fuhk. Many years ago, I had dinner with the Duke of Norfolk. The correct pronunciation of his county and the Virginia city was a topic of discussion. The Duke said there is no debate: the pronunciation is NAW-fuhk. One cannot seriously argue that the 17th century English settlers arrived in Virginia -- some of them from NAW-fuhk, England -- and that they suddenly began pronouncing their new town NOR-fuhk or NOR-fick. The other pronunciations listed are less frequently used -- as is the totally un-local nor-FOLK -- but that doesn't make them correct. Ruedetocqueville (talk) 01:16, 17 June 2010 (UTC)[]
I hope we can all agree that "nor-FOLK" is an abomination never uttered by anyone who lives anywhere in Southeastern VA. Beyond that, I doubt there is a reliable source on local pronunciation. After a brief search, the best I could find was this, which seems to support nor-FICK. However, as a native to the area, NAW-fuhk is what I hear.--Kubigula (talk) 04:41, 17 June 2010 (UTC)[]

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Pronunciation redux[edit]

It really bothers me that the traditional local pronunciation of "Norfolk" doesn't appear in the article. I have lived in the city since 1997, and the "Naw-fək" pronunciation is extremely common among locals. It appears to have been in the article at one point, but was removed (in a "minor" edit) in May 2011. Perhaps it merits a section of its own in the article. Rklear (talk) 15:22, 30 December 2012 (UTC)[]

I agree with User:Rklear that this article should contain information regarding the local pronunciation of the city's name. As a native of Norfolk who maintains ties to the city, I am also aware that the "Naw-fək" pronunciation is extremely common among local residents. From the staindpoint of Wikipedia precedent, I have previously added similar information to the Miami, Oklahoma article, another city I have ties to regarding the local pronunciation of the city's name which has gone largely undisputed since I added it several years ago. --TommyBoy (talk) 06:51, 31 December 2012 (UTC)[]
Per my comments above, I obviously agree as well. The primary local pronunciation should be noted, and I can't believe I missed that "minor" edit in 2011. I'm acting boldly.Kubigula (talk) 00:16, 1 January 2013 (UTC)[]
Sure enough, it only took two days for a clueless outsider to delete it again. I've reverted. Let's see how long that lasts. Rklear (talk) 05:11, 17 January 2013 (UTC)[]
You might not be familiar with the diaphonemic transcription standard used for English words on Wikipedia, so I'd like to bring you up to speed: we transcribe words in a (somewhat artificial) "dialect-neutral" standard, and one of the more salient details of this is rhoticity: even though many speakers only pronounce an /ɹ/ when it's followed by a vowel, we transcribe it anyway, because the others can simply drop it. People from the Tidewater are traditionally nonrhotic, so the /r/-less pronunciation is the expected form. We don't need to clutter the opening of every placename article with needless repetition of predictable local pronunciation variants. I decided to use the pronunciation respelling NAWR-fək instead of the equivalent NOR-fək in hopes of this being more palatable to the nonrhotic Norfolkians' intuition of it as /ˈnɔːfɨk/ NAW-fək. — ˈzɪzɨvə (talk) 13:10, 18 February 2013 (UTC)[]
I am all for maintaining uniformity in articles, but this treatment doesn't make sense to me. In the event that there is an unusual local pronunciation (which Norfolk clearly has, as countless visitors have commented), we best serve our readers by providing that information rather than the artificial dialect-neutral pronunciation. To my mind, the dialect-neutral version is what the reader could presumably predict for themselves. Perhaps we could follow the model of New Orleans and show a dialect-neutral and local pronunciation.--Kubigula (talk) 19:27, 18 February 2013 (UTC)[]
As noted in my previous comments in this discussion, I previously added similar information to the article on Miami, Oklahoma, which has not been disputed, but expanded upon by "pronunciation experts" since I added it back in March, 2005, and I would encourage participants in this discussion to read that article, and use it as example of how to include the local name pronunciation information in this article. --TommyBoy (talk) 21:48, 18 February 2013 (UTC)[]
How does the local pronunciation differ from the /ˈnɔrfɨk/ listed, other than the aforementioned dropping of the /r/? And even without this variation, it would be helpful to point out to the naive reader that it's not /ˈnɔrfoʊk/. — ˈzɪzɨvə (talk) 00:48, 19 February 2013 (UTC)[]
There are two problems here: 1) speakers of the Tidewater accent *never* pronounce the r in the first syllable, just as they never pronounce the l in the second. Why should a guide to pronunciation show one silent consonant but not the other? 2)the Tidewater pronunciation is no longer standard, and not even in majority use any more; it competes in contemporary local use with the more conventional NOR-fək and with the dreaded NOR-FOKE, which, like it or not, has a significant share of speakers. It seems to me that all three of these should be reflected; an encyclopedia article should be descriptive, not prescriptive. Rklear (talk) 01:51, 19 February 2013 (UTC)[]
Nevermind my example of Miami, Oklahoma, User:Xyzzyva went and changed that article too. --TommyBoy (talk) 07:21, 19 February 2013 (UTC)[]

I've discussed this privately with Xyzzyva on his (I presume) talk page, but reached no firm resolution. In the absence of agreement from him, I have restored my earlier IPA transcription (reformatted using the Wikipedia IPA template) of the Tidewater pronunciation, along with Xyzzyva's transcription of the General American pronunciation. J. D. Crutchfield | Talk 19:23, 12 March 2014 (UTC)[]

Structure[edit]

Hi. I'm going through all the US Cities (as per List of United States cities by population) in an effort to provide some uniformity in structure. Anyone have an issue with me restructuring this article as per Wikipedia:WikiProject Cities/US Guideline. I won't be changing any content, merely the order. Occasionally, I will also move a picture just to clean up spacing issues. I've already gone through the top 20 or so on the above list, if you'd like to see how they turned out. Thoughts? Onel5969 (talk) 16:30, 12 March 2014 (UTC)[]

Uniformity among similar articles is desirable in my opinion. Go for it.

J. D. Crutchfield | Talk 17:58, 12 March 2014 (UTC)[]

Integrated Private Schools? Prove it![edit]

The article asserts, "By contrast, Norfolk's private schools had voluntarily integrated by choosing to comply with the Brown decision." What schools does this refer to? Most private schools in 20th C. (and 21st C.) Virginia were started up after Brown to offer all-white alternatives to integrated public schools. Norfolk Academy pre-existed Brown, but when did it first admit a black student?

Moreover, since Brown specifically targeted State action, exactly how are private schools supposed to have complied with it?

I find the statement dubious, and plan to delete it unless somebody supports it with published authority. J. D. Crutchfield | Talk 21:01, 2 March 2015 (UTC)[]

Nobody has come forward with evidence to support the assertion, so I have deleted it. J. D. Crutchfield | Talk 13:42, 19 May 2015 (UTC)[]

They are not integrated. We do have private black schools and private schools which are majority white, if not complete white. Americans see education as a business rather than an investment, which is why Education is entirely and fundamentally broken in the United States. Hyper Capitalism, you gotta love its Venetian after taste. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2600:8805:1600:367:F5A4:ECBC:B4B6:266A (talk) 16:55, 24 April 2017 (UTC)[]

Timeline of Norfolk, Virginia[edit]

What is missing from the city timeline? Please add relevant content. Thank you. -- M2545 (talk) 12:23, 19 May 2015 (UTC)[]

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Merger of Culture in Norfolk, Virginia[edit]

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Merge Fredlesaltique (talk) 04:38, 13 February 2021 (UTC)[]

I want to propose that the article Culture in Norfolk, Virginia be merged/redirected to Norfolk, Virginia#Arts and Culture (or Norfolk, Virginia, I don't know if you can do specific sections).

Reasons: 1) they have the same information, 2) the Norfolk article is better worded, 3) the Norfolk article is more frequently updated and edited, and 4) the Culture article has sections like Sports and Parks that are already in the Norfolk article

Example from Culture:

Norfolk is the region's cultural heart and in addition to several outstanding museums, is the principal home for several major performing arts companies. Norfolk also plays host to numerous yearly festivals and parades, mostly at Town Point Park in downtown.

Example from Norfolk:

Norfolk is the cultural heart of the Hampton Roads region. In addition to its museums, Norfolk is the principal home for several major performing arts companies. Norfolk also plays host to numerous yearly festivals and parades, mostly at Town Point Park in downtown.

Cheers, Fredlesaltique (talk) 02:42, 4 February 2021 (UTC)[]

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Semi-protected edit request on 7 March 2021[edit]

Grammar error: In the middle of the third paragraph in the opening section, it says: "It home to Maersk Line, Limited" that should have an "is" between "It" and "home." TheZinator (talk) 16:11, 7 March 2021 (UTC)[]

 Done. Volteer1 (talk) 16:20, 7 March 2021 (UTC)[]