Before the car there were in 1900 over 150,000 horses in NYC. Horses crapped an average of 20 lbs of manure a day in the streets. Crossing sweepers stood on street corners; for a fee they would clear a path through the mire for pedestrians. 200 people were killed in 1900 by horses and buggies vs 2003 344 killed. NYC planners in the 1890s predicted that by 1930 horse crap would be piled up to 3 stories all over Manhattan. Street cleaners would wait for dead horses to putrefy so they could be easily sawed into pieces and removed. Horses produced 1,250 tons of crap and 40,000 gallons per day for New York and Brooklyn. This in turn attracted huge numbers of flies, and the dried and ground-up manure was blown everywhere. The Great Epizootic Epidemic of 1872 killed approximately five percent of the urban horses in the Northeast and debilitated many others. Transportation halted, food prices soared, goods piled up at the docks. Fire ravaged downtown Boston because there were not enough healthy horses to pull the fire trucks. OWS protestors are doing the same thing.. urinating and crapping so again.. where are the "crossing sweepers" when we NEED THEM??? The Great Horse-Manure Crisis of 1894 | The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty AHH>>> the "good old days" before the air polluting car!