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November 20, 2008


Rob @ 10:19 AM

The last time we were here, in the 1970s, the politicians did as politicians do: They tried to cut the things that no one would notice, not at first, anyway. Subway maintenance. Police, fire and sanitation headcounts. Teacher training. Building inspectors.

A few quiet years of this, and the city was hollow at its core.

-- Ellis Henican, "Too Many Signs of a Scarier New York"

One of the main reasons I love studying the 1970s and 1980s in New York City's history is because in the end, so much of the crap we had to deal with was overcome. The decay and depression that was rampant back then has been one hell of a thing to be able to point at and say "look what we were able to climb out of." It's worrisome to think that after all this time, we're heading right back into it.

This city is one of my oldest friends, and she's not feeling well.

3 Responses to “worrisome”

  1. Brewster says:

    Yup. I don't know if you follow the LJ comm nycsybway, but at least someone is suggesting positive things to do to make sure that the politicians can't just take a "drop dead" 'tude when it comes to public services which through their actions in times of plenty have become more important than ever. I may be a newer friend of NYC than yourself, but I'm not seeing her go down without a fight, so to speak.

  2. Sidepocket says:



  3. nicky says:


    but, more importantly, there is a Chicago El group on LJ. ;-)

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