Tom Bass interview
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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.
Urbanization; White flight; Deed restrictions; Harris County Psychiatric Center
Riverside, Houston; Houston, Texas; Spring Branch, Houston
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- Physical Description
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.”
University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
Houston History Archives
This Is Our Home, It Is Not For Sale Film Collection
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Other: ID 2010-020, AV Shelving; Preservation Location: ark:/84475/pm2252j731r
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