“Want to build a wall around Manhattan?” asks this 1948 ad for Goodyear. Well in 2016 one has already been built.
Billionaire Donald Trump’s pipe dream of wanting to build a wall along the Mexican Border of the U.S. may never happen, but the wealthy 1% have already constructed a virtual wall around Manhattan effectively keeping out the undesirables…the middle class.
The city increasingly feels like a gated community for the well off and their families.
Who’s City is it Anyway?
No where is the widening wealth gap more evident than in our urban areas and in large cities across the country from San Francisco to Boston the middle class is disappearing.
The ad copy asks the hypothetical the question “How many bricks do you think it would take to build a solid wall 36 feet high and 40 inches thick all around the island of Manhattan?”
Of course there is no need to actually use the 405,000,000 bricks it would take to build the 36 foot high wall, 40 inches thick around the 30 mile perimeter of Manhattan island. Astronomical prices have forced middle class out of not just N.Y. but major cities from coast to coast.
Along with Mom and Pop shops, middle class Mom and Pops themselves are getting the boot as NYC’s once thriving middle class is headed for extinction.
If this continues, the urban middle class will be destined to become just another urban myth.