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Tom Bass interview
Date
1985-11-01
Main contributor
Schwartz, Jon
Summary
Interview with Tom Bass about his motivation for moving to Riverside Terrace from Spring Branch in 1961. He felt that his children would benefit from a more diverse neighborhood. He describes the impact of "white flight" and the This Is Our Home yard sign movement. Bass discusses his reaction to the planned construction of the Harris County Psychiatric Center, and his perception of the racial overtones of the center's placement. He goes on to talk about the role of deed restrictions to maintain the neighborhood as one of family homes, rather than fraternity houses or businesses. Bass describes his family's eventual decision to leave Riverside. He discusses the addition of a courthouse annex in the area. 
Contributor
Bass, Tom
Genre
interviews
Subjects
Urbanization; White flight; Deed restrictions; Harris County Psychiatric Center
Locations
Riverside, Houston; Houston, Texas; Spring Branch, Houston
Collection
This Is Our Home It Is Not For Sale
Unit
University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
Language
English
Terms of Use
["In Copyright"]
Physical Description
00:13:22
Notes

Digitization and access for this item is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and Texas State Library and Archives Commission (2018).

This interview was used in the creation of Jon Schwartz’s documentary film “This Is Our Home, It Is Not For Sale.”

Collection

University of Houston Libraries Special Collections

Houston History Archives

This Is Our Home, It Is Not For Sale Film Collection

Other Identifiers
Digital Object: https://id.lib.uh.edu/ark:/84475/do05805x364; Other: ID 2010-020, AV Shelving; ArchivesSpace URI: https://findingaids.lib.uh.edu/repositories/2/archival_objects/35116; Preservation Location: ark:/84475/pm2252j731r