Watkins, Cynthia, interview, May 5, 1989
@ Atlanta History Center
DescriptionInterview discussions deal primarily with the concerns of residents as the Dome was being built, including increased crime rates, decreasing property values, excessive traffic in the neighborhood, and how the neighborhood's character could change as a result. Some interviewees also talk about their family history, their experiences with race relations in the South, and other life experiences.Plans for the construction of the Domed Stadium Project, which later became the Georgia Dome, were approved by the Atlanta City Council in 1989. The neighborhood most affected by the project was Vine City, located just west of downtown Atlanta. As the project worked its way through the final phases of approval, students from the Booker T. Washington High School Center for the Humanities, under the direction of two teachers, Ms. Gwen Cheatham and Ms. Katie Lindquist, interviewed Vine City residents most affected by the pending construction. The students interviewed fourteen individuals, and ultimately created a series of oral histories that documented the changing lives of Vine City residents. The project was patterned after the work of the "Foxfire" program developed in Rabun County, Georgia.