Whole communities of New England and the Eastern Coast are burn and swept to sea. Endless gasoline and power outages abound. The arteries and capillaries that carried the lifeblood of these cities—its myriad people and their trains—are choked off. It’s getting better, but it’s not there yet.
In New York’s “outer boroughs”, accusations of neglect seemed colored by a growing belief that the recovery from Hurricane Sandy has split along predictable class lines. Most of the recovery has been concentrated in Manhattan, where the elite population lives.
Buildings along the waterfront in Lower Manhattan remain weeks or months away from being able to reopen and invite their tenants back. To makes matter worse, another storm has hit the disaster area. nor’easter brings snow accumulation to East Coast states. New storm threatens to inflict more misery on ten of thousands of people still reeling from superstorm Sandy.
For more pictures of the vast devastation of superstorm Sandy, please click here. It’s ironic that as millions of people were suffering without power, fuel, heat, or food; two presidential candidates were roaming the country asking for votes.
During the Great Ohio River Flood of 1937, men and women in Louisville, Kentucky, line up seeking food and clothes from a relief station, in front of a billboard proclaiming, “World’s Highest Standard of Living.”
“Case in point: For countless people who lived through the Great Depression, and millions more who know of the pre-war years only through movies, photos, and history books, one image has long seemed to not only capture, but to encapsulate, the period.
Margaret Bourke-White’s 1937 picture of African-American men, women and children huddled in line before a billboard — on which a car bearing a beaming white family (and their dog!) appears to drive confidently into the future beneath the absurdly ironic slogan, ‘World’s Highest Standard of Living’ — that picture has, for generations, been the Great Depression photo, somehow distilling in one frame the anguish that defined the economic cataclysm of the Twenties and Thirties.”
These two powerful photographs confirm the millenarian Chinese proverb, “A Picture’s Meaning Can Express Ten Thousand Words.” Good Day.
Source: Behind the Picture: ‘The American Way’ And The Flood of ’37 – Life-Time Magazine Online.