Travel back to New York City in 1974—these photos are all courtesy of the U.S. National Archives, and focus on what they deem “Inner City life” in both Manhattan and Brooklyn. The Brooklyn photos all include this text in their original captions: “Brooklyn remains one of America’s best surviving examples of a 19th century city. Some of the best architecture survives in her ‘worst’ neighborhoods that haven’t been demolished.” How do you think that sentence would be written in 2011?


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