Chapter 2: The Central West End: To Stay or To Go?

The question of redeveloping the Central West End was being deliberated at a time when many hospitals and other businesses were fleeing to the county. Whether a few key institutions would stay or follow the others west put the fate of the Central West End in the balance. 

About this Project

For much of history, we learn about the past from historians, who tell us how events unfolded and what they mean. When it comes to the Central West End, we’re lucky that many of the innovators, big thinkers and prime movers that led its resurgence in the 1970s are still with us today. 

Here, in the most comprehensive oral history of the Central West End in existence, they tell that story in their own words. The interviews collected here were used for the making of the documentary film A Place Worth Saving: The Story of the Central West End.