Just finished an excellent book: Jefferson Avenue: Stories from a Brooklyn Boyhood, 1941-1958, by James M. O'Kane, which I recommend to all Dodger fans.

The book does not discuss the Dodgers much, but details the striking change of one neighborhood (Bed Stuy) in the transformative period from WW I to the year after the move to LA.

Told in rich, sometimes humorous, sometimes alarming detail, it depicts an experience that many Brooklyn neighborhoods underwent. It shows in depth a Brooklyn long gone - and why it disappeared - and what is there now.

As has been noted before, O'Malley took note of the flight of Brooklynites to the suburbs, but maybe also saw their replacements as not constituting a Dodger fan base.

I got this paperback from Amazon, read it in a day, and enthusiastically passed it on to a contemporary who grew up in Brooklyn.

It was so good that I went on Google Earth to survey the area now, and later got in contact with the author to tell him how good I found the book.