NYC Councilman Ritchie Torres tours Arthur Avenue section of the Bronx

Arthur Avenue in the Bronx was rated one of the greatest streets in America in 2016. The area has endured for more than a century and continues to prove its resilience. It's survived the Spanish flu, two world wars, the Great Depression, the Sept. 11 attacks, and, currently, the coronavirus pandemic. Bronx Councilman Ritchie Torres believes that the staying power of this community shows that the country can function well under pressure. "Arthur Avenue demonstrates that America works," he said. "People from every walk of life can coexist and show that those on the ground are more unified than our divisive politics."