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Harlem Then and Now

Joe Cool Wrote: Aug 09, 2012 8:04 PM
Very interesting article. This could have been written about the great neighborhoods in West Philadelphia pre-1950 and many others which suffered at the hands of unethical "block-busting" realtors, who took the money and ran, and changed the faces of the neighborhoods in the process.
Dick 2992 Wrote: Aug 09, 2012 10:32 PM
Used to love South Phidelphia in the fifties with all its ethnical warts. Won't go there any more! Draw you conclusion as to why........
Books about the history of Harlem have long fascinated me -- my favorite being "When Harlem Was in Vogue" by David Levering Lewis. However, a more recent book, titled simply "Harlem" by Jonathan Gill, presents a more comprehensive history -- going all the way back to the time when the Dutch were the first settlers of New York, and named that area for the city of Haarlem in the Netherlands.

Most of us today think of Harlem as a black community, but it was not that for most of its 400-year history. John James Audubon, famed for his studies of birds, was...