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Commentary By Steven Malanga

NYC Residents Are the Victims of Legislators’ Shoplifting Policy

The rising social disorder and crime of the 1970s and 1980s drove out not only hundreds of thousands of residents from New York City, but also many businesses.

Within a few years, entire communities lacked basic amenities like supermarkets and drugstores; empty storefronts littered shopping districts. 

That started to change only when crime began falling in the 1990s and neighborhoods rebounded — first in New York and then in other big cities — prompting national retailers to begin setting up shop in places that they had once avoided.

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Steven Malanga is the George M. Yeager Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a senior editor at City Journal. Adapted from City Journal.

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