Thursday, May 20, 2021


John Harwood's visiting a town this summer that was going to be the next big thing.

Like Galveston, which was going great guns until the 1900 hurricane. Or Toledo. Or New Haven, Connecticut.

That would make for a terrific book.

Call it Boomtown, and recount the sad stories of half a dozen cities who missed out on their chance to be major. Bad luck, diverted railways, new shipping lanes--there's no end to the reasons. I want to read about what happened and see the lofty pronouncements of the days when the future seemed so bright. 

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