You hear people throw out the expression “New York is dead,” which I think is crazy. Consider there are a million more people here then there were 20 years ago. In [the 80s] the streets of lower Manhattan were quite empty much of the time. Now you can’t imagine anywhere in Manhattan that is empty. When people talk about that it is not as good as it used to be, I think that, yes it is true that Manhattan has become less diverse as a place, it’s more cleaned up and there are not as many separate parts. It’s all become a little more homogenous and that’s not necessarily a great thing. But the city as a whole, you have to look beyond just Manhattan. It has really expanded in a way. I think the people who think that everything was better then, there is kind of a reverse snobbism at work there. I think you will find that most of the people who are complaining about how things are, are middle class white people. Yes, Manhattan has become richer, not everybody is going to be able to live here. In a way that is too bad. I do look back fondly on that time period that these pictures were taken. On the other hand, I think that is what happens with cities. I think that is particularly what happens with New York, if you look at the history of New York. People say, “well it’s unprecedented, the change,” and I would say, no not necessarily. If you really look at the history there have been all kinds of huge shifts, population and different kinds of uses in different parts of the city.