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Milton Short, 2004 March 22

Identifier: OH-SH0395

Scope and Contents

H. Milton Short, Jr. recounts his six terms serving on Charlotte city council (1965-1979) in Charlotte, North Carolina and his involvement with the urban renewal program. He characterizes Charlotte's redevelopment program as very popular among Charlotte's citizens, including black residents of Brooklyn, also known as Second Ward, who were impacted the most by the program. This stands in contrast to most of the other interviews in this collection, many of which are conversations with former residents of Brooklyn. He describes the eminent domain process as compensating homeowners fairly for their property, and the urban renewal program in Charlotte as innovative and viewed as a model by other cities around the United States. Mr. Short explains that it was difficult to sell the land in Brooklyn because it had to go to public auction, so he worked to get the law changed to land could be sold more directly. Other topics include Mr. Short's family, the Great Depression, his experiences growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, and writing wills with the Air Corps during World War II.


  • Creation: 2004 March 22

Conditions Governing Access

3 of the 57 interviews have been digitized and are available in the digital repository.

Biographical Note

Milton Short was an 85-year-old man at the time of interview, which took place in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was born in Charlotte in 1919. He was educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, and was employed as a lawyer, with his family's furniture business, Mecklenburg Furniture Company, and on the Charlotte city council (1965-1979).


49 Minutes

Language of Materials


Repository Details

Part of the Oral Histories, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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