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The Bronx
by Evelyn Gonzalez
Publisher: Richard Altschuler & Associates, Inc 2004
Category: Non-fiction20th centuryBronxNeighborhoods
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Home to the New York Yankees, the Bronx Zoo, and the Grand Concourse, the Bronx was at one time a haven for upwardly mobile second-generation immigrants eager to leave the crowded tenements of Manhattan in pursuit of the American dream. Once hailed as a wonder borough of beautiful homes, parks, and universities, the Bronx became — during the 1960s and 1970s — a national symbol of urban deterioration. Thriving neighborhoods that had long been home to generations of families dissolved under waves of arson, crime, and housing abandonment, turning blocks of apartment buildings into gutted, graffiti-covered shells and empty, trash-filled lots. In this revealing history of the Bronx, Evelyn Gonzalez describes how the once-infamous New York City borough underwent one of the most successful and inspiring community revivals in American history.

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