Trashed Man
 
By 1975 the city was broke. Nobody was picking up the garbage. Mental patients were let out of the asylums, onto the street. The city couldn't afford to care, prevent the growth of crime, or slow drug abuse. The mentally ill were known as “revolving-door mental patients.” It was a policy. Free to roam the streets until they did something the police had to pick them up for; they'd be sent to Bellevue or jail, wherever, but let out again the next day to save cost. (I could identify with a few of the gentler of these souls). To help right the ship there was a big “Save New York City” rally that filled Times Square in 1975 to hear speakers like Woody Allen, Dustin Hoffman and New York's most famous citizens. After this, Mayor Beame turned to President Gerald Ford, formally pleading for a federal bailout to tide the city over. Ford's answer appeared in huge headlines the next day: Ford to City: “Drop Dead!”

 

 
Trashed Man, W. 70s 1975
 
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