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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