29 May 2011

There Goes The Neighborhood

Shots of Times Square from 1996 and 1997:  Old things receding, new things emerging.
Say what you will about it, but those of us who were around at that time marveled how rapidly the transition from porn theatres and shady storefronts to Disney-themed stores and family entertainment occurred.  Good, bad or indifferent, within a six year span it was almost a completely different neighborhood than it had been previously.  Some earlier strains remained, but it was a lot like watching the construction of a theme park called Times Las Vegas Square.