The South Bronx was given a shoddy reputation some four decades ago after a governmental policy of “benign neglect” enabled landlords to practice arson with impunity, thus destroying a neighborhood from the inside out. Over the years, the neighborhood has successfully rebuilt itself, emerging from the rubble like a phoenix, reminding us of that the Bronx stays true to its motto no matter what comes its way, “Do not give way to evil” or in Latin, “Ne cede malis.”
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