Edges of the City

1930-1940 | June 21, 2011

1.) “Subways were for sleeping”

  • Shanty Town at 42nd St. and the East River where the United Nations now stands(Daily90,91)

2.) “Brother can you spare a dime?”

  • 16 million people jobless in America, one-third of the Nations workforce(Daily84)

1930:

3.) The New Deal institutionalized programs of large scale Slum elimination and public housing construction. (Page, 70)

  1. “Robert Moses and city planners of the 1930’s had far more radical visions of reform through destruction.” (Page, 101)
  • “The happy days are here again” Theme song for the New Deal
  • An attempt by FDR to revitalize economy (daily95)

1931:

4.) The George Washington Bridge

  • Cable, steel, stone and concrete spanned the Hudson (daily100)

1932:

5.) Block torn down to build Knickerbocker Village: Cherry and Monroe Streets (Page, 71)

  • Original brick houses which first housed middle class families were to be torn down and rented to the poorest of the poor
  • Tuberculosis death rate was higher here than on any other city block.

1933:

6.) Civilian Conservation Corps

  • Took 500,000 18-25 year old men off streets and freight trains and put them to work planting trees. In nine years the CCC planted one billion trees. In addition each worker was given thirty dollars per month ($25 sent to family and $5 directly to worker.)(Daily98)

7.)

1936:The New Dealer

  • “Leader of a bloodless Revolution, Roosevelt for the first time in the nations history applied the resources of the federal government directly to the welfare of the people.”(daily85)

1937:

  • Housing Act of 1937
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