There's an interesting article in today's NY Times about the South Bronx: "In the Bronx, Blight Gave Way to Renewal." Link here.
Remember when President Clinton toured the neighborhood, then characterized by vacant lots and abandoned buildings? Hard to believe, but it was 30 years ago today.
In the mid-1980s, I toured the area with my brother-in-law, who had grown up there. It was a real eye-opener at the time; a few years later, I decided to study planning. One of these days I'll have to scan and post my black-and-white photos of the neighborhood. I didn't realize they would become artifacts of a dark period for New York City and many other cities around the country.