In 1950, the classic American downtown of Norristown, Pennsylvania, centered on the six blocks of Main Street, was the bustling commercial heart of central Montgomery County, and had been for over a century. With depression and war in the past, downtown merchants looked forward to an extended period of prosperity. It was not to be.
By 1975, downtown's core stood largely shuttered and deteriorating, with 99 storefronts vacant and countless others lost to the wrecking ball, as first shoppers and then the merchants fled Main Street.
What Killed Downtown? Was it...
Historian Michael E. Tolle's extensive research into the collapse of downtown Norristown reveals not only the answers to these questions, but also recreates the classic American downtown shopping experience, long an American characteristic, but now largely foreign to anyone below middle age. In so doing, Tolle lays bare the fundamental incompatibility between the urban grid and the automobile, as he recounts how a middle-sized American city struggled -- and failed -- to solve the the issues of traffic flow and parking, issues that are no closer to solution today, regardless of the size of the city.
A wounded musician shipped home from WWII finds his mother has died and his old Brooklyn neighborhood obliterated by a housing project. Always poor, he now wants to succeed as a jazz musician but he also wants money. He thinks the only path open to him is to rejoin his prewar friends and become a thief. One of those buddies, now a cop, makes the decision easy.
Jesus: The Evidence
More than two-thousand years have passed since a man named Jesus walked the earth, and these questions still persist:
Did he really exist? Did he rise from death? Was he the Son of God? Was he really meek and sinless? What is the complete truth and who actually holds this truth about Jesus?
Through years of research and sojourning throughout the Middle East, Stewart delivers shocking revelations that will certainly cause you to question your current beliefs regarding Jesus’ life, family, crucifixion, and resurrection.
In his second published book, Prof. Robert Stewart explores the fascinating tales and truths about one of history’s most controversial and beloved figures — Jesus.
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