A Filthy History: When New Yorkers Lived Knee-Deep in Trash

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A Filthy History: When New Yorkers Lived Knee-Deep in Trash

15 thoughts on “A Filthy History: When New Yorkers Lived Knee-Deep in Trash

  1. All major cities in the world started out like this. Many were like this until pretty recently. And nowadays, when Municipalities get it wrong with sanitation and garbage collection, cities start to regress… Witness Rome…

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  2. Might be hard to believe, but all that was actually an improvement on the mid to late 1800s, when poor people raised pigs — thousands of them — on the street and processed them near Central Park or at the corner butcher shop. Of course, pigs ate some of the garbage, but they also left waste everywhere, and the processing made parts of New York unbearable. Hard to believe what people will put up with. Thank goodness for sanitation visionaries.

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      1. Yes, I have seen them. Definitely a bright spot in an otherwise dismal situation. The Managua garbage dump residents seemed pretty hopeless to me. Most of the kids were glue-sniffers (their parents too). Doctors from other countries tried to help and many people tried to get them set up elsewhere but many returned. It was an incredibly savage and dangerous place too. We were warned before we entered.

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      2. It really was an eye-opener. A Lord of the Flies situation. The dump was a lawless no-go zone. Only weird Christians like the group I was with attempted to go there. LOL. We handed out cookies and boxes of milk to the children (surreal). Then we went to a civilized mall and had lunch at the food court.

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