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Mel Rosenthal: Photographs from "In the South Bronx of America".

Mel Rosenthal's photographs document the burning of the South Bronx between 1975 and 1983. The portrait photographs depict the everyday lives of residents against backdrops of rubble, abandoned buildings, and destroyed city blocks as they struggle to survive "planned shrinkage," an urban planning strategy utilized from the 1960s-1980s to raze residential buildings in older urban areas and replace them with industrial parks.

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Bathgate Avenue, South Bronx, NY

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