We Fought the Road.
Pickets, Protests and a Parkway; from History to Hope. The intown communities started a 30-year grassroots effort to fight the interstate through Intown Atlanta. Their efforts ended successfully, creating Freedom Parkway and eliminating a proposed 8-lane raised interstate that would have cut through several Intown neighborhoods including Inman Park, Candler Park, Virginia-Highland, Lake Claire, Poncey-Highland and Druid Hills. There is much to learn from this multi-neighborhood organizational effort and it can help budding activists take up the mantle and move it forward today. This history pop-up in Inman Park will showcase their efforts with signs, newspaper clippings, photographs, t-shirts and of course many of the original organizers of C.A.U.T.I.O.N. and Road Busters.
From History to Hope
In addition to the road fight memorabilia we'll also have opportunities to get involved today. A diverse group of organizations will be on hand to answer questions about what they do and how you can volunteer. We'll also have a panel discussion on Saturday, featuring local activists including former C.A.U.T.I.O.N. leader Cathy Bradshaw. This event is an effort to educate our community about our activist roots while encouraging people to get involved in their local communities and issues today. The past can lead us toward the future.
Where and When?
The event will be held in the same building as the King of Pops in Inman Park. The address is 337 Elizabeth St. Keep walking past the pops window on Brianne Avenue and make a right down the ally. The weekend event will include a kick-off party Friday, February 24th at 6pm, and a panel discussion on Saturday afternoon. The pop-up concludes Saturday evening. Stop by and enjoy our neighborhood’s history.
Road Fight Facts
The road fight lasted 30-years
C.A.U.T.I.O.N. was the legal arm of the battle while Road Busters was the protest arm. They wouldn't have been as effective if they were working separately.
They got 54 people elected to local and state government over that time who were anti-road. They couldn't be ignored.