This talk will consider how a 1960s urban social movement successfullydefeated an interstate highway system and redefined the region's commitment to
citizen participation in transportation planning. Against the historical
backdrop of urban renewal's multiple failures, the civil rights movement's
political swing from racial integrationism to Black Power and the anti-war
movement's refocus on urban domestic issues, this talk will consider how
competing conceptions of democracy ultimately forged a new development
trajectory for the Massachusetts region.
Karilyn Crockett is currently completing a PhD in American Studies at Yale University. Her research is an extension of the work of MYTOWN, cited by the National Endowment for the Humanities as one of the top ten youth programs in the country. Her research seeks alternative ways of describing and documenting the built environment with particular attention to migration, marginality and economic change.