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New York, New York: National Debt Clock

A fiscal timekeeper of doom, this digital readout of the ever-climbing gross national debt of the US was installed in 1989 and replaced with an improved version in 2004. From Sept. 2000 to July 2002 the clock went dark because the debt went down -- and it wasn't really designed to run backwards.

134 W 43rd St., New York, NY
South side of 43th St. midway between 7th and 6th Aves (Ave. of the Americas). Set into a wall on a pedestrian underpass through a skyscraper. Faces west.
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The National Debt Clock.

National Debt Clock

This clock was installed in 2004. It is preceded by another clock that dated back to 1989. It shows you the current national debt and your family's share. It is constantly updated.

[David, 03/15/2012]

Real estate developer Seymour Durst bankrolled the clock as a public service, to inform Americans in Times Square of their climbing share in debt. The original clock moved to this location in 2004.

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