Jonsson, J Erik 1973, 1974

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Former Dallas mayor Erik Jonsson discusses the Dallas park system and the design and building of the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: J. Erik Jonsson

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: c. 1973; Spring 1974

Location: Dallas, Texas

Interviewer: Harry Jebsen

Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Ray Hubbard characterized and his work techniques examined, L. B. Houston discussed, Acquisition of additional land for parks explored, Post-World War II growth caused need for additional park space, Weaknesses in Dallas park design reviewed, Houston’s contributions to the Dallas parks cited, Contributors of Ray Hubbard reviewed, Dallas library system and public safety discussed, Riot prevention noted, Purpose of park board stated.

Tape 1, Side 2: Political and economic restraints on park system explained, "Suburban ring" and decay of central city examined, Mitigation of political pressure in park system due to city, manager-council form of government claimed, Role of city manager in relation to council and mayor examined, Discussion of park system shortcomings.

Tape 2, Side 1: Building of new Dallas-Fort Worth airport, Innovations in aircraft, Basic plan that can be altered for changes in aircraft, Transportation within the terminal, Problems at airports.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1945-1974

Bulk Dates: 1945-1974

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