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Michael Olson

City planner and grad student at Pratt University
Illustrations by Maddy Price. Follow her at @coolfriendlyman or visit www.maddyprice.com. Many American cities were having a tough time in the late 20th century. The days of a working-class urban center were a fading memory, and virtually the entire country struggled to cope with the change. The 1919 Census of Manufactures showed that the garment industry alone employed over 250,000 New Yorkers in more than 11,000 factories—and that was just counting the businesses in Manhattan....