Progressive Era Improvements in New York CityBy: Steven Sabatino
New York's poverty and overall image changed because of the improvements made by the United States government. These changes were improved sewer systems, tenement laws, and better transportation.
With the help of George Waring and his White Ducks many immigrant neighborhoods were cleaned for the better good. He also formed the first kind of sewer systems to permanently keep the streets clean.
In the early 1900s, new forms of transportation were being invented to help the poor streets of New York City. Such as, the Interurbans which was a new form of railway that provided the fast service and run times to the metropolitan area. This form of railway helped tremendously because immigrants can travel to their jobs quicker in order to provide for their families.
The New York State Tenement House Law helped many immigrant families to travel away from health-endangering waste products. This tenement law helped immigrants a lot because it made their living conditions sanitary and healthy to live in.
Overall, the United States government allowed tenement laws, new transportation, and sewer systems to improve New York City and immigrant neighborhoods as a whole. These acts committed by the government, George Waring, and many others proved that changes could be made and New York City was not stuck being an unsanitary mess on the streets. They really set the way of what New York is today.