Allen Ford, current resident of Judson Manor, relates his experiences growing up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, during the 1930's and 40's. Topics covered include the effects of World War II on daily life, the importance of the Rapid Transit system, and downtown shopping. Ford recalls the opening of the Colony Movie Theater at Shaker Square and describes its Art Deco interior. He describes the operations and function of Pickands Mather Company, and the decline of the steel industry in the United States due to foreign competition and labor costs. Ford relates some early history of Doan's Corners,Euclid Congregational Church and the evolution of University Circle. Ford speculates about the future of Cleveland and the value of proposed business ventures, such as the Medical Mart, for revitalizing the region.
Ford, Allen (interviewee)
Ferraton, Matthew (interviewer)
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"Allen Ford Interview, 31 March 2008" (2008). Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection. Interview 920008.