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The abandoned West Side Highway with a stolen and burned out 1970s Chevy Camaro. March 1975. New York. (welcome to the good old days).

Back in the 1970s and 1980s, vast swaths of New York

had a STRONG resemblance to what Detroit has become now.

 

Here's a quote from a great book about 1960s and 70s New York called "The Ungovernable City" by Vincent J Cannato...

 

"Stabbings, robberies, muggings, graffiti, arson and rape began to strike a wider and wider portion of the population. Burglaries made people feel vulnerable, even in their once-safe homes and apartments. It wasn't just the reality of crime and sense of broadening disorder that hurt. It was the raw fear and perception of vulnerability that seeped into every interaction of daily life...."

  

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Taken on March 12, 2011