PROMINENCE 1 Lesson 10 Save Washington Square Park

Lesson 10


Save Washington Square Park!


Warm Up

1. Do you know any famous places to visit in New York?
2. Have you ever seen a street protest?

Part 1 本文和訳

Jane Jacobs was a journalist who lived in New York during the 1950s.

Jane was an ordinary person in many ways, but one thing about her stood out―her deep love of cities.

Jane lived in a time when city life was quickly changing.

Until then, cities were places where people both lived and worked.

Home and work were located in the same area, so people could walk back and forth between the two.

However, in the 1950s, as cars became popular, many people began to live in the suburbs, away from the inner cities.

Instead of walking, now they drove to work.

This change in lifestyle had a major impact on cities.

In New York, for example, many old neighborhoods were destroyed to make space for new highways for commuters.

Watching this, Jane felt a strong sense of crisis.

On the surface, it seemed that building new highways was a good thing for New York, but in reality, many unique communities were being destroyed.

New York was losing its color. Jane felt she had to do something to stop the destruction.

This story shows us how Jane fought to save the city she loved.


Washington Square Park 固有名詞 ワシントンスクエアパーク
Jane Jacobs 固有名詞 ジェーン・ジェイコブズ
ordinary 形容詞 普通の,平凡な
forth 副詞 前へ
suburb 名詞 郊外
inner 形容詞 内部の
major 形容詞 大きな,重大な
impact (n.) 名詞 影響
destroy 動詞 ~を破壊する
highway 名詞 幹線道路
commuter 名詞 通勤者
sense 名詞 感覚
crisis 名詞 危機
reality 名詞 現実
community 名詞 共同体,地域社会
destruction 名詞 破壊
stand out 際立つ, 卓越している
back and forth 行ったり来たり
instead of ~ ~の代わりに
a sense of ~ ~感,~の感覚
in reality 実際には

□ stand out Susan stands out as the best pianist among all the students.
□ back and forth He walked back and forth on the street looking for the key he had dropped.
□ instead of ~ Instead of going to college, Mary decided to work.
□ a sense of ~ The boys felt a sense of pride when they saved the drowning kid.
□ in reality She looked fine, but in reality, she did not know what to do with the situation.

G-28 Can you tell me when our class starts?

Q1 Why did many people begin to live in the suburbs in the 1950s?
→ Because cars became popular, and they drove from the suburbs to inner cities for work.

Q2 Why did Jane feel a sense of crisis when new highways were built in New York?
→ Because she felt that building highways was destroying many unique communities and New York was losing its color.

FQ Have you ever seen ordinary people taking action to change something? If so, what action did they take?
→ Yes. I saw on TV that thousands of ordinary people including workers, mothers, students, and children, rallied in front of the Diet Building calling for scrapping the bill.