On the day in October when Jeff Delaney sat down to write the forward to his book, "Newport Beach: Then & Now," a backhoe began demolishing the Balboa Market, a favorite destination on the Balboa Peninsula.
"Change is inevitable, but it's always unfortunate when we allow a landmark to be leveled in order to provide a few more parking spaces," Delaney said about the demolition of the market and its iconic mural in the 600 block of E. Balboa Boulevard.
Local history buff Delaney's latest book was released April 18. The first in a series of book signings at area bookstores will take place on Friday night at the Barnes & Noble Metro Pointe in Costa Mesa.
The book juxtaposes vintage Newport photos with contemporary ones to give the reader an idea of what has been lost and what has survived, he said.
Sites featured in the book include Balboa Village, McFadden's Wharf and Newport Bay.