Urban pollution yesterday, New York style

Here is an article from the New York Times in 1880 describing the sanitation conditions of New York City.  It wasn’t pretty.  I thought you might enjoy seeing a nearby example of the sorts of urban problems we’ve been studying recently.  Interestingly, it also shows how New York City was trying to deal with the problems.

"Street Sweepings and Domestic Refuse," from Harper's Weekly, 1884, courtesy of the New York Public Library


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One Response to Urban pollution yesterday, New York style

  1. Graham says:

    When I saw this it reminded me of an article I read the other day about the pollution that has been seen in Bejing recently. With China being relatively recently industrialized, it led me to think that Bejing is going through a similar situation as New York was during the 1800’s. Although the two situations themselves are over a 130 years apart, Bejing is now dealing with problems that are aroused by the development of an industrial nation, which at the time The United States was, and China now is. It seems as though people have yet to find a way in which to industrialize without doing a considerable amount of damage.

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