• HIST 298

    How the Other Half Lives by Jacob Riis

    ..in its beginning, the tenant-house became a real blessing to that class of industrious poor whose small earnings limited their expenses, and whose employment in workshops, stores, or about the warehouses and thoroughfares, render a near residence of much importance. Not for long, however. As business increased, and the city grew with rapid strides, the necessities or the poor became the opportunity of the their wealthier neighbors, and the stamp was set upon the old houses, suddenly become valuable, which the best thought and effort of a later age have vainly struggled to efface. Their large rooms were partitioned into several smaller ones, without regard or ventilation, the rate of rent being lower…