The book traces the Central West End’s cycle over the past century and more: from its stylish start through its dangerous days to its present strength — an urban renewal significant enough that it has earned the name “renaissance.” The neighborhood grew from a sleepy rural outpost prior to the World’s Fair’s building boom to an address for fashionable people and shops, fine cultural institutions and congregations, high-class hotels and hospitals. Through the years, various factors — the growth of the suburbs, white flight, the cost of maintaining huge homes, the rise of rooming houses, the disheartening effect of smoke and urban smells — drove some of the well-to-do farther west, and the Central West End floundered. Learn more about the area and those who tried to prevent the slide and led successful revitalization efforts. Event is free and takes place in Landmarks’ Classroom. Bring your lunch!