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The New York That Made Donald Trump

The Bronx, early 1980s

Donald Trump came of age in a New York that would be barely recognizable to anyone who has known it only for the past two decades. In the 1970s, New York City came perilously close to bankruptcy; murder rates jumped to unseen highs in the 1980s. And in 1983, Trump opened Trump Tower, a gold-and-marble sanctuary that would, most importantly, be fully cut off from the homelessness, poverty and crime that plagued the streets below.

New York City—and most other big cities in the United States—have changed drastically since then, but you wouldn’t know it when Trump takes to a podium or Twitter account to talk urban violence. There may be a reason: The New York that had imprinted itself on Trump’s imagination as a younger man was too strong to shake. Here’s a look at that New York—a far cry from the hipsters-and-bankers playground that has transformed much of Manhattan and Brooklyn today—in photos from the time.

In 1982, filthy train cars, crumbling infrastructure, crime and graffiti brought New York subway ridership to its lowest levels since 1917.

John Conn

Source: POLITICO – TOP Stories

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