The current plight of NYC is no secret. Living here for 40 years, as a student, social worker, and State Parole Officer, ‘chaos’ has fueled my career, my social life and increasingly later – my spiritual life in the Lord. In my 20’s, my neighborhood was laden with drug dealers, so bold in fact that they set up chaise lounges on the sidewalks to sell comfortably! The huge armory two blocks away from me provided beds for 800 homeless men – broken, addicted, and many dangerous – often spilling out into doorsteps and stoops.
This city snapshot of the 1980’s slowly faded as Federal, State and local law enforcement intervened, politics changed, and social initiatives began. Uplifted and revived, NYC began to prosper and excel in every way. There was, of course, still chaos but we wouldn’t have it any other way!
Crime, black outs, recessions, terrorist attacks…all brought chaos…
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