A Before-And-After Look At Gentrified New York [Pics]

A Before-And-After Look At Gentrified New York [Pics]
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A photo series reveals the loss of small businesses throughout the metropolis in the past 10 years.

Rachel Pincus
  • 7 april 2014

You can’t move forward without taking stock of the past. That’s how New York City has created its signature mixture of progress and historical preservation, continually putting its best foot forward – all the better to remain a competitor in the global scene – but not without an eye toward the loss that both people and neighborhoods have endured in the churn of storefronts and living spaces. Photographers James and Karla Murray prophetically decided ten years ago to focus their eye on mom-and-pop stores, and recently they followed up by photographing those spaces again. The results are dismal for those favoring a varied streetscape, with all its attendant tourism and economic benefits: chain stores like Chase Bank and Duane Reade have replaced many of the spots that caught the photographers’ attention years ago.

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