CITY BEAT: Time for Activism
Civic issues give activists new opportunities.
October 25, 2005 at 4:00AM
When politicians behave badly, activists of all kinds have an opportunity to make some serious changes in both the way public business gets done and who does it.In the 1960s and 1970s, a handful of Midtowners and their attorneys took on federal highway officials, governors, and road builders and succeeded in stopping the completion of Interstate 40 through Overton Park and Midtown. In 1973, the Watergate scandal forced President Richard Nixon from office and helped install a host of Democrats in national, state, and local offices, including Tennessee governor Ray Blanton and U.S. representative Harold Ford.