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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2013, 11:00 PM

3. "Planned disinvestment". "Sacrifice zone". "Planned shrinkage". "Malign neglect".


This part immediately reminded me of the 1975 NYC fiscal crisis:

The move left the city almost completely ungoverned – a graphic preview of what might lie ahead for communities that don't generate enough of their own tax revenue to keep their lights on. Over three years, fires raged, violent crime spiked and the murder rate soared so high that on a per-capita basis, it "put us somewhere between Honduras and Somalia,"

In New York, "planned disinvestment," supposedly in response to budget pressures, turned large sections of the city into "sacrifice zones" covertly targeted for "planned shrinkage". The targeted areas were of course brown &/or poor.

Empirical measures of fire-service quality and efficiency are examined for New York City in the period 1968–1979. Marked decreases in the ability to control and contain structural fires are found to result from a program of fire-service reductions begun in 1972. Exacerbated by the New York City “fiscal crisis” of 1975, decreases in fire-service efficiency since 1972 appear to have initiated a geographically spreading and apparently recurrent fire epidemic. The decreases have accelerated since 1976, implying that recurring epidemic episodes could be more severe than the 1974–1977 crisis, which destroyed large areas in some neighborhoods of the city, including the South Bronx, Bushwick, Brownsville, East New York, East Harlem, and others.


The destruction of housing wasn't the only effect. There was an associated public health crisis including the resurgence of tuberculosis & the spread of AIDS in the early days of the crisis; increased violence & drug use & the spread of same into new territories, etc.

And of course, the depopulation of poor areas providing the base for subsequent gentrification.

e.g. Harlem is no longer majority black.

The populations in the South Bronx, Lower East Side, and Harlem plummeted during the two decades after 1970. Only after two decades did the city begin to invest in these areas again. New developments were built; in 2011, these areas are again experiencing a rebirth.


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