Abstract

Judge Burt Griffin discusses in great detail the battle to stop highway construction through the Shaker Heights-Cleveland Heights area, which was seen as a threat to those communities and to the ecological and environmental balance of the Shaker Lakes nature preserve. Griffin discusses the battle, which was driven by grassroots activists (and largely by women), in the context of Shaker Heights' unique history. Details on activist strategies; relevant financial, legal and environmental considerations; and class, gender, and age dynamics of community activism are also discussed. Also of note is Griffin's recollection of the changing political atmoshphere in Shaker Heights in the 1960s, when the city took a progressive stand on racial integration and fair housing.

Creator

Griffin, Burt W. (interviewee)

Creator

Eakin, Martha (interviewer)

Project

Shaker Lakes Nature Center

Date

10-30-2006

Document Type

Oral History

Duration

63 minutes

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