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Danmel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-29-05 05:32 PM
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84. I'm not excusing looting- I lived thru the 1977 NYC blackout
When looting was rampant. I lived in Brooklyn at the time and I have to tell you entire communities were devastated for many many years following that orgy of looting. And that's what it was- an orgy of looting. It took a long long time for recovery. There were no stores to service the communities and no one wanted to go into those communities and it was very very bad.

It was truly disheartening, it really was. Whole neighborhoods were devastated. Merchants who had remained in inner city neighborhoods despite everyone urging them to leave were wiped out. My family had a friend who had a men's clothing store in East Flatbush. He remained there for years after the neighborhood changed from primarily Jewish and Italian to Caribbean. He didn't want to leave. In the looting following the black out, he was completely and totally wiped out. The hangers and light fixtures were stolen. He had nothing left. He did not reopen there and there was no store there for at least three years. What is the point of devastating your own community??????

Last year when there was the big blackout in the Northeast in the summer time too, there was virtually no looting in NYC. I 'm sure there are still needy people. But there was no orgy of looting. And the city was calm and safe and people helped each other. And the communities where there had been looting in 1977 were just as calm as the rest of the city. So what is it that precipitates that type of reaction?
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