"mack" you are so Correct. You are right. NOBODY Cared. What went on in just a few square blocks of not only the South Bronx but Harlem, the Lower East Side in Alphabet City...Ave "A", "B", "C", "D", Bed Sty, Bushwick, Brownsville, even Coney Island where streets like Neptune Ave, Surf Ave, Mermaid Ave, saw a steady flow of Heavy Fire Activity.
Just a few blocks of anyone of those neighborhoods and the activity then could make the headlines in most newspapers today. But that didn't happen. Instead these problems were just hidden away. And the fires just kept burning. Day after day, week after week, every hour, year after year. And city blocks by city blocks.
The way it was going, I thought it would Never end. One neighborhood would burn down and another one would start to burn. The runs and workers showed that. As Engine 82 started to slow down, because there just wasn't much left to burn, Engine 92 started to pick up, then maybe Eng 48, and Eng 88, then maybe Eng 75.
"mikeindabronx" and I were talking the other day. We were talking about a large vacant factory/warehouse at the southern most tip of Webster Ave near 163rd St. Somewhere in that area. Both of us saw NUMEROUS JOBS in just that one building. And I wasn't there most of the days to buff. How many more did they have there that I missed. Today, I believe that might be a Days Inn Motel. It's advertized as close to Yankee Stadium. Who would believe that 30 or 40 years ago.