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Candace O'Connor 

When: Thu., Aug. 17, 7 p.m. 2017
Price: free admission
It wasn't that long ago that the Central West End — home to fine dining, hip bars and beautiful people — was a neighborhood on the skids. In the early '80s sidewalks were ruptured, storefronts were empty and broad daylight burglaries and car thefts were an everyday occurrence. How did the neighborhood, which began as a rural escape for the city's wealthy elite in the early 1900s, sink so far? And more importantly, how did it climb out of that 1980s hole? Candace O'Connor answers those questions in her new book, Renaissance: A History of the Central West End. It's a lavishly illustrated and thoroughly researched tome that charts the birth, growth, decline and resurrection of a neighborhood through interviews with long-time residents, historical records and numerous photographs. O'Connor discusses and signs copies of Renaissance at 7 p.m. tonight at Left Bank Books (399 North Euclid Avenue; www.left-bank.com). Admission is free, but only books purchased through Left Bank will be signed.
— Paul Friswold

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