Interview with Helen Kelly
QUESTION 1
SAM POLLARD:

OK Mrs. Kelly, could you tell me about the urban renewal that affected your neighborhood, er, many years ago?

HELEN KELLY:

Oh, you mean when they put the expressway--

SAM POLLARD:

Yeah.

HELEN KELLY:

Call it, that's the four way now.

SAM POLLARD:

Right.

HELEN KELLY:

It used to be, ah, different streets, Henry Street and, ah, Mulberry Street, and all these different streets was in that area. So where the expressway is now, my house was sitting right in, in there where the expressway, so when they asked us all to, to move, I didn't want to move because I liked the location. I was right off of Haston Street, middle ways the block off of Haston, and that's why I wanted to stay there. But one day, one morning the bricks start coming through the window and I knew it was time to go. So that's why we left from there. So they, the urban renewal run us all out of there.

SAM POLLARD:

OK let's cut. Let's do it, do it, well that was nice. Let let me do it one more time. OK, I want you to speak it up--



SAM POLLARD:

OK, Mrs. Kelly, tell me about where you lived when the city started to do some urban renewal in your area.

HELEN KELLY:

I was living at 949 Henry Street, that's off of Haston and Russell, and, ah, at the time, the people's talking about the expressway coming through, that is, that's before the expressway, what it is today, ah, we didn't want to leave from there but one morning I woke up, the bricks start coming through the window and I know we had to leave from there, but it was, it was, it, the place, the reason we wanted to stay there due to the fact it was, ah, right off of Haston Street, middle bl- ways the block, and we was, ah, we had access to bus, the Oakland Avenue bus going, ah, north and, ah, and south. That's why we really wanted to stay there but, and the schools was close, both schools walking distance for the children, the church was, ah, they had a hospital, children hospital was right there on, ah, ah, Frederick and, ah, and, ah, I think Kerby, in that area, so everything was right there what you need--the stores was there and everything.