Chapter 3: Planning and Resistance to Redevelopment

While many recognized the need for redevelopment, reaching a consensus on what such a project would look like wasn’t easy. While many willingly cooperated with the project, eminent domain was used on occasion. Poor communication and leaked plans during the redevelopment’s early phases only added to a sense of confusion and animosity.

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.