Boarded up windows. Vacant storefronts. Empty sidewalks.
Berlin in the 1970s could have been any struggling small town in America. Business was slow. Many buildings were run-down. And at the center of it all was the Atlantic Hotel. The 19th Century landmark appeared, like the rest of the town, to be headed for obscurity.
In the ensuing decade, the foresight of 10 local families changed all that. The group of like-minded citizens decided to pool their resources and purchase the aging hotel. The revitalization that came next triggered a complete renaissance in Berlin.