Whatever. You have an agenda. I'm just talking cold, hard (yes, heartless) economics. Boston was a backwater and going downhill in 1950 - BEFORE the "attempted murder". No amount of lipstick will turn 1950 Boston into something that looks better than it is now. You are romantacizing a fantasy. Urban Renewal was meatball surgery, but that's what they had in those days. The long-term effects saved Boston as an ecosystem that exists and thrives today with a far more diverse, equitable city than it was in the "paradise" of 1950.Your table is broken.
It was nice of DBM to put the list together. I wonder what the numbers for all cities would look like from 1950 to now.
I see that picture, and I'm adding context. That picture predates the razing of the West End and the land grabs for the Pike Extension. And I'm saying do not forget that Boston was only dying after an attempted murder, one in a string of related crimes targeting urban areas. What would we call that? Attempted Urbicide?
I'll take the Mayor Walsh-Janey-Wu Boston of this era over the Mayor Curley-Hines era Boston. Today is a day the death Jerome Rappaport has been reported - a man who was responsible for some of the most eggregious acts of killing the West End and putting up a stupid and anti-urban mid-tower residential park. It WAS a horrific way to do urban planning, and hopefully, we will never see such ham-handed and insensitive bulldozing of peoples' lives ever again. But Boston could not survive by just preserving its past.
1970 to 2020 is the far more realistic measuring stick. 1950 was an entirely different urban planet.