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Old 07-22-2013, 08:51 PM
 
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Take a look at this video of 3 cities urban growth in their cores over the past 100-150 years: NYC, Chicago, and SF.


Midtown Manhattan Growth Animation - YouTube


Chicago Growth Animation (1862-2014) - YouTube


San Francisco Growth Animation (1877-2015) - YouTube

Anyone notice a pattern? All three of these cities had a lot of growth between 1970 and around 1983? Does anyone know why? Was the economy great back then? Anyone, it was pretty cool seeing how these cities grew organically over the years...surprised though....thought they grew faster....makes me realize a lot more.
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Old 07-22-2013, 08:58 PM
 
Location: southern california
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yes the 70's. films like car wash portrayed urban america and many black films were made about LA.
afro american neighborhoods thrived during this time in urban america. much character and development occurred during this period for american cities.

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Old 07-22-2013, 09:49 PM
 
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Public housing projects?
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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The 1970s were the decade of greatest population decline in the history of all three of those cities (NY, Chi, and SF). Suburbanization was at its zenith. "Urban renewal" during this period was an attempt to "clean up" and "modernize" cities to "save" them.

These cities weren't growing during the 70s but there was quite a bit of development of office buildings.
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:37 PM
 
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Most places in north part of US and in Canada copied the tower in park concept from European planners after ww2 of solution of shortage of housing for poor .Much of this got built in 60's to 80's those highrise apartments.

The southern US states where more appose to overcrowding with people leaving overcrowding US cities moving to south.

Not sure what the fascination is of these highrise apartments next to 6 lane roads , malls and box stores.I can see more in urban renewal projects in core city where road network is more walkable like in New York or Chicago.
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:40 AM
 
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The 70's was an era of urban decay for many American cities. Most of the building taking place was housing projects and some skyscrapers that couldn't rent office space to capacity.
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:44 AM
 
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1970's was BY FAR the worst decade for large urban cities in the USA. It was a period when the USA overall was in decline, the economy sucked most of the time, Vietnam. My parents always called it the "lost decade"...a decade the USA economically and safety wise would love to forget.

Culturally though it was a very rich period. Disco, the hangover from the hippie era, a lot of black culture coming to mainstream America. The 1970's was a much better time for the USSR, and people were afraid that we might be losing the overall "war" with them during the 70's, as the USA severely stagnated. Gas shortage, recession, manufacturing bust. The 1980's though turned everything around, and the 1990's rode very high on our "winning" of the cold war.

So...culturally yes, for cities/economy hell no.
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:39 AM
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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Here's another spot of Manhattan in the early 80s, about 2-3 miles southeast of your Midtown Manhattan view:

alphabet.jpg (image)
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Old 07-23-2013, 01:58 PM
 
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1970's was BY FAR the worst decade for large urban cities in the USA. It was a period when the USA overall was in decline, the economy sucked most of the time, Vietnam. My parents always called it the "lost decade"...a decade the USA economically and safety wise would love to forget.

Culturally though it was a very rich period. Disco, the hangover from the hippie era, a lot of black culture coming to mainstream America. The 1970's was a much better time for the USSR, and people were afraid that we might be losing the overall "war" with them during the 70's, as the USA severely stagnated. Gas shortage, recession, manufacturing bust. The 1980's though turned everything around, and the 1990's rode very high on our "winning" of the cold war.

So...culturally yes, for cities/economy hell no.
It was also a very awful and hideous time in architecture, especially in American cities and suburbs.
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