Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 8 mar. 2016 - 464 pagini
Luc Sante's Low Life is a portrait of America's greatest city, the riotous and anarchic breeding ground of modernity.
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Its heyday was relatively brief, most of its dance halls, brothels, and gambling hells having been shut down by reform movements before World War I, but during the nineties and oughts the Tenderloin set what was probably the city's ...
Real-estate trusts and reform elements enthusiastically joined in a project to leaven the overpopulation of the East Side slums by constructing large, solid, well-planned apartment buildings, where sizable flats could be let for rents ...
But then this was a period of façades, in American architecture as in other aspects of society—and here we are talking about the extremes of the reform tenement, the very idea being itself a sort of mask. This was the time when frontier ...
If we assume four apartments per floor, six floors per building (the maximum that reform laws finally permitted to be constructed without an elevator), this gives us lodging for twenty-four families, perhaps a hundred people.
... Church bought the building for $16,000, razed it,” and built a mission on its site, the self-satisfaction of reform elements was great and resulted in numerous verses and sermons. The action was little more than symbolic, however.
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There were a handful of interesting parts, but a lot of it turned into a laundry list of names. Once I decided to start skipping over parts that went too far down into details I started enjoying it a little more. Citește recenzia completă
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It took me much longer than it should have to finish this book, because I was constantly putting it down to look up people on Wikipedia or to track down referenced books on Project Gutenberg or ... Citește recenzia completă