The City: Death in the Streets

A 1958 Buick slumps against the curb, wheels missing, windows shattered, trunk smashed in and insides picked clean. In Manhattan, the car's death passed unnoticed for the simple reason that it was so commonplace.

New York police estimate that 110 cars are abandoned every night, and the figures are proportionately high for other cities in a nation that wears out 6,000,000 cars a year. Furthermore, no one really blames the owners; the cost of taking a car to the junkyard and then getting home again generally exceeds what scrap-metal dealers are willing to pay for the hulk.

Clearing streets of abandoned...

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