Death, Destruction, And Debt: 41 Photos Of Life In 1970s New York
A very interesting collection of photos, showing what happens as a result of shrinking the role (and resources) of government: it’s not the paradise that Libertarians suggest. From the link (which focuses mainly on the photos):
Reeling from a decade of social turmoil, in the 1970s New York fell into a deep tailspin provoked by the flight of the middle class to the suburbs and a nationwide economic recession that hit New York’s industrial sector especially hard.
Combined with substantial cuts in law enforcement and citywide unemployment topping ten percent, crime and financial crisis became the dominant themes of the decade. In just five years from 1969 to 1974, the city lost over 500,000 manufacturing jobs, which resulted in over one million households being dependent on welfare by 1975. In almost the same span, rapes and burglaries tripled, car thefts and felony assaults doubled, and murders went from 681 to 1690 a year.
Depopulation and arson also had pronounced effects on the city: Abandoned blocks dotted the landscape, creating vast areas absent of urban cohesion and life itself. Today, we look at 41 poignant photos that capture a New York City on the brink of implosion.
In totality, the decade was a transformative one for New York, as it reconfigured the economic and social realities of America’s most prominent city. By the conclusion of the 1970s, over a million people had left the city.
Enjoy this look into 1970s New York City? Then check out our galleries on New York in the summer of 1969 and staggering photos of the New York subways in the 1980s.
See also this article in the Guardian: “‘Welcome to Fear City’ – the inside story of New York’s civil war, 40 years on.”