To make students aware of the controversy which arose in the mid-1940s
over the proposed construction of the Central Avenue Freeway.
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- Why was the proposed route of the Central Avenue freeway such
a controversial topic among the African-American community of
Cleveland during the 1940s?
- Distribute Handouts # 1 and 2 to the students. Have the students
read the article and discuss the following questions:
|a. ||Why was the Central Avenue route selected?|
|b. ||Why did the majority of African-Americans in Cleveland oppose this construction?|
|c. ||What important institutions in the African-American community would be effected by the construction of this freeway?|
|d. ||What were the main objections the African-American community had to the adoption of this plan?|
- Distribute Handouts # 3 and 4 to the students. Have the students
read the article and examine the map, and then answer the questions below:
|a. ||Why did the editorial feel that the construction of the Central Avenue Freeway would spell "ominous doom" for the African-American community in the Central Avenue area?|
|b. ||Do you feel that the editorial expressed anger and resentment toward the upper class? Give an example.|
|c. ||How does the editorial propose to prevent the freeway construction?|
|d.||Compare the routes shown in the map on Handout # 4. to the proposed Dual Hub plan which would run along Chester Avenue. Which Cleveland institutions would benefit from the completion of the Dual Hub?|
|e. ||Today how are most freeway routes determined?|
- Have some students pretend that they are a resident of the
Central Avenue area in 1946. Have them write a letter to the editor,
opposing the plan. Have other students pretend that they are the
planners who designed the freeway, and write a letter defending
the choice of routes.
- Have the students research other freeway routes in Cleveland's
history. Have residents been successful in stopping the construction
of any other proposed freeways?