The main stretch of my hometown (Selma AL), pre-1969. The large building in the foreground (to the left) was torn down in that year -- much to the dismay of many in town. Architecturally it shares elements with the Palace of the Doges in Venice. That block was cleared and is now home to city hall and a newer library, although thankfully they follow classical styles. ImageShack shrunk the image, but if you look at the end of the street you can see the Edmund Pettus Bridge, made famous during the Civil Rights era. The street is alas -- never this busy anymore, as a mall and multiple chain stores have rendered many of these buildings occupied only on the first floor.