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Asbury Park: A Century of Change 1920-2020
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In the decades following the end of World War I in 1918, Asbury Park regains its momentum as a popular – and expanding – residential resort on the Atlantic coast. Officially incorporated in 1871, Asbury Park offers a lot to travelers searching for a seaside destination to refresh their hard-working sensibilities. To young families looking to put down roots, the lure of an up-and-coming coastal community mid-way between New York and Philadelphia is undeniable.
From the Roaring '20s, through women's suffrage, Prohibition, the Great Depression, World II and the suburbanization of Monmouth County farmland, this city-by-the-sea experiences a series economic cycles fueled in no small part by the rivalry between rail travel and personal vehicles that change its carefully thought-out, 19th century landscape.
The last undeveloped parcel of land west of Main Street, north of Asbury Avenue and overlooking Deal Lake changes dramatically in the new century. Early newspaper accounts described an idyllic forest, attractive for summer camping. But as more all-season residents move in, the natural resource is turned into construction lumber and heating fuel. The most notable change occurs with the building of a million-dollar high school and football stadium overlooking the lakefront. Its finished construction in 1926 moves this important civic function from its original, and cramped, east side location on Bond Street, to a more spacious and modern campus west of Main where most of Asbury Park's year-round, working families are living.
As the 21st century rolls on, new changes are in store – none more dramatic than the lifting of a decades' long development embargo of its prized oceanfront. Real estate development – both commercial and civic – start building a new look for Asbury Park.
In an ironic echo of founder James A. Bradley's early strategy of placing historical relics on the waterfront, Asbury Park's history is found all over this jewel of a city...
Winner of the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance 2002 Author’s Award
Winner of the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance 2005 Author's Award
1st paperback edition: April 2007
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