Morningside-Monroe Civic Association records
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Morningside-Monroe Civic Association records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Morningside-Monroe Civic Association (Atlanta, Ga.).
Title: Morningside-Monroe Civic Association records
Dates: 1964-1974, undated
Quantity: 2.0 Folders
Identification: ahc.MSS712f

Biographical/Historical Note

The Morningside-Monroe Civic Association (MMCA) was formed July 9, 1965, to fight the proposed route of Interstate 485 (I-485). This group separated from the Morningside-Lenox Park Association (MLPA) which was initially formed to fight the project. MLPA hired consulting traffic planners to suggest a new alternative to the Georgia Department of Transportation's (GDOT) proposed routes of A,B,C, and D. The traffic planners suggested a new route, Route E, which would cut through the properties of residents who formed MMCA. The new association hired former Atlanta Mayor, William B. Hartsfield, as their attorney. Hartsfield lived near the proposed Route E.

Subsequent proposals by civic organizations for legislation to return the land to private ownership failed. The swath of land acquired by the GDOT sat untouched for more than two decades and, as of 2013, is Freedom Park.

From 1964 to 1974, civic organizations fought the proposed I-485 with lawsuits. Over the ten year period, the GDOT acquired a large cross-shaped section of land, comprised of over 1,007 parcels, and razed over 500 houses in preparation for building the new road. Civic organizations were successful in stopping the construction of the road. In 1974, Georgia Governor George Busby instructed the GDOT to remove the highway from its long-term transportation plans.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains materials related to the proposed Interstate 485 (I-485) and the civic organizations that were formed to fight it. Included in the collection is a chronology of the fight to stop I-485, correspondence, petitions, flyers, a map, and newspaper clippings. Letters consist of correspondence between the Morningside-Monroe Civic Association, Board of Aldermen President Sam Massell, Jr., former Atlanta Mayor William B. Hartsfield, and Congressmen Richard B. Russell, Harry Floyd Byrd, and James A. Mackay. Flyers for meetings of the civic associations and petitions to Georgia Governor Carl E. Sanders are included. Newspaper clippings from the Atlanta Journal and Atlanta Constitution newspapers, dated 1965-1966, document the numerous meetings related to the project and decisions from city and state officials. The map shows the proposed area for I-485 and has a comparison of Routes B and E.

Index Terms

Atlanta (Ga.). City Council
Byrd, Harry Floyd
Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
Citizens' associations--Georgia--Atlanta
Hall, Van
Hartsfield, William Berry
Kuettner, Al
Lyon, David W., Jr.
Mackay, James A., (James Armstrong), 1919-2004
Maguire, M.J.
Massell, Sam
Morningside-Lenox Park Association--Atlanta (Ga.).
Roads--Design and construction
Russell, Richard B., (Richard Brevard), 1897-1971
Sanders, Carl, 1925-2014
Urban parks--Georgia--Atlanta

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Morningside-Monroe Civic Association records, MSS 712f, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2004

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2013.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Container List



1Correspondence, petitions, and newspaper clippings, 1964-1974, undated


OS Box 5.24Map and newspaper clippings, 1965-1966, undated