In the 1970s, inner cities all over the United States were disintegrating. One of the areas worst hit was the South Bronx, which was being burnt down at a staggering rate. During this period photographer Mel Rosenthal (1940-) worked in a neighborhood of the Bronx targeted by city officials to become an enterprise zone, an area where factories would be built and their owners given special tax privileges. The area was also where Rosenthal grew up.
1. A poster in an evening demonstration (against violence and drug use) featuring a silhouette of a long knife and pictures of syringes
2. People marching: poster saying “South Bronx for Change”.
3. Near Bathgate Avenue and East 173rd Street.
4. Priest and teens on sidewalk with African- American woman walking by
5. Among the Last Residents, Mother and daughter, East 173rd Street
6. "Racial Attacks Must Stop", South Bronx residents speak up with a sign
7. Paulina in front of the Social Club before it got demolished.
8. Cambodian Buddhist Monastery in the South Bronx
9. The daily domino game in front of the Social Club
10. Deserted, desolated buildings: “War Zone”