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November 14, 2010

New York Before We Could Cool It

About those brain-dead cries to cut back on air-conditioning:
Kohn paints a horrifying picture of a pre-air-conditioned metropolis in literal and figurative meltdown. The poor suffocated in their packed homes. The city’s workforce, toiling in the sun, succumbed to heat exhaustion. Infants and the elderly were felled in their rockers and rocking chairs. Ambulances and coroners’ wagons jammed the city’s arteries. Horses dropped like flies, their stinking carcasses left to rot in the streets, while rabid dogs, driven mad by the heat, ran wild. -- New York Crucible by Ryan L. Cole, City Journal 22 October 2010

Posted by Vanderleun at November 14, 2010 10:06 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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