Having lived mainly in South Jersey from 1940 to 1996, what you say rings true. We had a summer place slightly inland from Ocean City for many years and rarely ever visited Atlantic except for a couple of times when gambling first became legal.

Fickle popularity combined with rapidly evolving technology and economic ups and downs are bound to create regions of boom and bust — the ghost-town phenomena. Just think of some of the great cities of the ancient world that are just a few impressive bits of columns and rubble on a now otherwise empty desert.

Trying is to forecast when a city will bloom or wilt is a fools game. Only from hindsight does it begin to make sense.

This was a very in depth and interesting analysts.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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