Jacob A. Riis (18491914). The Battle with the Slum. 1902.
empty and silent at night. A man may go safely there now at any hour. I should not have advised strangers to try that when it was at its worst, though Police Headquarters was but a block away.
The Survival of the Unfittest.
I photographed that phase of the battle with the slum just before they shut in the last tenement in the block with a factory building in its rear. It stood for a while after that down in a deep sort of pocket with not enough light struggling down on the brightest of days to make out anything clearly in the rooms,truly a survival of the unfittest; but the tenants stayed. They had access through