Part of the fun of a book like this is staring at the pictures and trying to place them mentally into today’s streetscape. For Rosie, such books are reminders that photographs are nice, but people’s memories are just as important.
“You have that greatest generation dying off,” she said. “Our housing stock is opening up, but our elderly are dying. What they’re taking is our understanding of our neighborhood. We experience this personally when our older relatives die and we realize the questions we wished we had asked them. I think a neighborhood’s the same way.”
So, if you’re interested in Brookland, get this book. And if you’re interested in your neighborhood, find some old people and make them talk.