Premonitions of Crisis
Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Project One would take five years to complete, but even before the bulldozers ripped through that first house on Smith Street, the men who had charted the meteoric rise of Norfolk's corporate stock had already retreated to the plushness of their board rooms and counting houses. The individuals who had so carefully planned and nourished its inception were already fading from the scene. Each new groundbreaking or ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the passing of the old order: the planning phase was over, and now it was time for the builders. The Silkstocking Takeover had run into a snag: as part of their promise to clean up city government and make it more responsive, the People's Ticket of Cooke, Darden, and Twohy had promised not to seek a second term; now the very events that served as tributes to their triumph stood as tombstones to their passing. The Silkstocking Ticket was unable to propagate successors, and the spirit of renaissance and reform that had vaulted it to victory had, by 1950, dissipated, and then dissolved completely.
At first, as their term drew to a close, the reform movement sought to find others who would carry their banner ( Darden), but none of