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Re: NYC Overnight Subway Service

Posted by Spider-Pig on Mon Sep 14 15:02:03 2020, in response to Re: NYC Overnight Subway Service, posted by Steamdriven on Mon Sep 14 14:55:51 2020.

I disagree with you about the "ACLU-driven court rulings about vagrancy." The old vagrancy laws were arbitrarily and unfairly applied. A man with long hair who fell asleep on the train (while using it for legit transport) could be deemed a vagrant and arrested. Hell, these rules were broad enough that they could be applied to anyone.

There were a lot of other shitty things about the 50s, and yes, there were addicts, but almost certainly fewer as I am fairly certain the 60s-70s saw a major rise in drug use. I think that's the major difference. Another thing was the closure of mental hospitals. These people are NOT capable of caring for themselves like typical adults.

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