Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America

The Campaign to Save the Olmsted Linear Park in Atlanta

Clip: Episode 1 | 3m 58s

Shadyside is one of six connected Olmsted parks in the suburb of Druid Hills in Atlanta. In the 1980s, the Georgia Department of Transportation began work on a four-lane highway that would cut directly through the park. The residents of Druid Hills began a campaign to stop the road. It would take ten years, sixty arrests, dozens of court hearings, and millions of dollars to end the fight.

Aired: 06/19/14

Rating: TV-PG

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Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America has been made possible by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor and The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation. With funding provided by HSBC, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation and The C.E. & S. Foundation. With additional support from The Peter C. Cornell Trust and Mass Humanities.