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Re: The South Bronx of the 1980's

Posted by GP38/R42 Chris on Fri Apr 20 18:20:10 2012, in response to Re: The South Bronx of the 1980's, posted by W Broadway Local on Mon Aug 2 21:58:05 2010.

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A damage area doesn't necessary have to have burnt out building and crime infestation. It could be areas that became empty, because the highway ran all the businesses away. I think of the area surrounding the Bruckner Expressway is a good example of this. If you notice, the area surrounding the expressway seem very empty. If it wasn't for the subway, it would be worse.

Yes, but again, expressways cut through many areas that remained strong, even with it going through. The Whitestone expressway, the Long Island (Queens Midtown) Expressway through Maspeth, actually almost all the areas the LIE cut through in Queens remain strong. Just look at all the businesses along it by QUeens Center, Lefrak City, Fresh Meadows, etc. No damage at all, and business thrives.

The only businesses that seem to do well around a highway is a gas station and Mechanic shops. But they are not good places to live.

Again, that's totally untrue. Again, just look at the healthy areas the LI Expressway cuts through in queens, with business flurishing all around it.
As you get more suburban, even more so. Business flocks to the expressway/highways (often to the detriment of older downtown areas further away). So that is not an accurate statement that "only gas stations, mechanic shops and industry do well around a highway. In fact, the opposite is quite true.


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