"Yielding Place to New"; Photo for TVA by Lewis W.
Young farmer, whose land will be taken by
the reservoir area;
today at work as a sawyer at the Norris damsite
The first of a series of articles
this, through which the chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority
will keep Survey Graphic readers abreast of the most
arresting single project in America today. As a base, take the
long stalemate at Muscle Shoals; take times flat with business
breakdown and unemployment; take a region deep-seated with neglect.
Turn it all right-side up as a terrain of opportunity and start
longrun planning in the midst of our emergency moves.
Reservoirs built now to impound
rivers will have piled with silt in the course of yearsunless
dam-building is paralleled with a hght against soil erosion
in the highlands. Power plants, rimmed with mills and factories,
will suck people into congested centers that ten years from
now may duplicate the idle machines and unemployment of other
industrial districtsunless a new way of life can be framed
in this watershed. These are only two of the exciting alternatives
staked out by the TVA.