D. Des Chene (goclenius) wrote,
D. Des Chene

Cities in Ruins

Every city has its ruins. Even a city which has never seen war, even a thriving city, will have its wastelands—areas once developed that, having served their purpose, are left behind by change, waiting, like fallow fields, to be cultivated once more. In Saint Louis there are the remains of industry along what once was a stream valley; on the north side, once luxurious mansions crumble; on some blocks of our neighborhood, newly rehabbed houses coexist with boarded-up hulks. Money ebbs & flows; at high tide, buildings are cleaned up, reconstructed from the inside out, or (what is usually worse) torn down and replaced; at low tide, they serve less & less lucrative purposes until finally no-one thinks it worthwhile to occupy or maintain them; and then the elements take over, or the wrecking balls and bulldozers. Built Saint Louis, from which these links were taken, is a well-designed, comprehensive site detailing what remains and what has been lost. Other sites:
  • Forgotten Detroit: like “Built Saint Louis”, a site documenting the neglected landmarks of a city drained of much of its population and wealth.
  • O’Boyle Photo: sites mostly in New York and Pennsylvania (the locations are not given, but in some cases they can be inferred).
  • Abandoned Places: urban ruins in Europe and the US. Click through the unfortunate Flash-based interface to see the results of some amazing expeditions.
  • Lost Places: abandoned buildings, houses, roads, cemeteries. A festival of decrepitude. [Added 22 Dec 04]
  • Visit to an Abandoned Missile Silo: asbestos, kerosene, rust, graffiti, and concrete. Lots of concrete. [Added 22 Dec 04]

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