The way neightborhoods change their personality is a fascinating process.
Change can happen slowly, over a generation or more, or abruptly, as a new or disruptive element is introduced.
The New York Times reports on Building Memory in New York, a book being published by the University of Minnesota Press.
In the 19th century there was an elegant park, bordered by a graceful church, that has completely disappeared from the map of Manhattan. The current site is occupied by the appproaches to the Holland Tunnel in the far West Village, just north of Tribeca.
How the neighborhood changed so dramatically, and how concepts of historic preservation came to be, is the subject of this book.