the-economics-and-nostalgia-of-dead-malls OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Inside the gleaming mall here on the Sunday before Christmas, just one thing was missing: shoppers. The upbeat music of “Jingle Bell Rock” bounced off the tiles, and the smell of teriyaki chicken drifted from the food court, but only a handful of stores were open at the sprawling enclosed shopping center. A few visitors walked down the long hallways and peered through locked metal gates into vacant spaces once home to retailers like H&M, Wet Seal and Kay Jewelers. “It’s depressing,” Jill Kalata, 46, said as she tried on a few of the last sneakers for sale at the Athlete’s Foot, scheduled to close in a few weeks. Urban Exploration-More than a walk in the park « The Thicketeer Yesterday I made mention of one of my favorite subjects, Urban Exploration. For those of you who were intrigued, this is the post that will answer some of your questions and (hopefully) give you some new ones. I cant really recall where I first heard about urban exploration (to be abbreviated as UE from now on). I was probably playing around on google on one of my more restless days, searching for things like “adventure” and “explore”. Either way, I stumbled my way onto a page that mentioned UE and gave a brief description of it. I thought to myself, “Hey, I like to explore!
Trip to Chernobyl Zone 27th May 2007 This trip to the alienated Zone of the Chernobyl atomic power station was much more interesting than last year. We left early so that we would have more time. As to the risk (as many ask) I will say the following: the background level in the Zone is not a big danger (except for several places where one would not think of going). The intenisty of the exposure dose of radiation at 10 km from site is not high.
In Defense of Ruin Porn So photographs of abandoned buildings are porn. At least that’s what some articles would have us believe, deriding photos that “bask in glorious dilapidation” and “gawk at the cities and people in distress.” Discussing the proliferation of urban decay photography in Detroit, a Wired article argues that “our consumption of collapsing buildings is fleeting, disconnected – gratification on the cheap.” Hence the term “ruin porn” – photography that fetishizes and trivializes urban decay. The term brings to mind cheap smut, the stuff that reduces human sexuality to a quick-and-dirty physical act with the intention of arousing viewers as quickly as possible.
Architectural Afterlife Euclid Square Mall – Abandoned? Or just an eerie reminder of how easily we forget? I wanted to post this here, before more lies begin to surface across the face of the Internet. London Underground History - Disused Stations on London's Underg Hywel Williams Since moving to live near London a few years ago, one of my interests has been the London Underground, the oldest and one of the busiest underground railway networks in the world. I'm not a train spotter by any means, but I find the history and background of London's subterranean railway fascinating. One of the things I find most interesting is the changing history of the railway, of which there is still much hidden evidence. For example, look through the window as you travel between Tottenham Court Road and Holborn on the Central Line and you'll see a station - where no passengers have alighted since 1932. This used to be British Museum station.
24 Tales of Ghost Towns and Abandoned Cities 24 Global Tales of Ghost Towns and Abandoned Cities Article by Urbanist, filed under Abandoned Places in the Architecture category. What in the world could cause an entire city to be abandoned? Anthony S. Karen – DogPatch USA – 25 images Username: Password: Fargot Password? / Help
Are Malls Over? When the Woodville Mall opened, in 1969, in Northwood, Ohio, a suburb of Toledo, its developers bragged about the mall’s million square feet of enclosed space; its anchor tenants, which included Sears and J. C. Penney; and its air-conditioning—seventy-two degrees, year-round! Two years later, the Toledo Blade published a front-page article about the photo-takers and people-watchers who gathered around the mall’s marble fountain, “that gushing monument to big spending and the shopping spree.” Our world - animals, beautiful nature, techics, hi Disaster comes in differing dark shades of bleak and deadly flavors of horrendous dismay, such as environmental, economic, and natural. Across the globe, there are hundreds of ghost towns and places which were abandoned due to disasters. Chernobyl Disaster In 1986, Reactor 4 exploded at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Four workers were killed instantly.
Seattle Underground An image of the "Seattle Underground"— the facade seen here was at street level in the mid-1800s The Seattle Underground is a network of underground passageways and basements in downtown Seattle, Washington, United States that was ground level at the city's origin in the mid-19th century. After the streets were elevated these spaces fell into disuse, but have become a tourist attraction in recent decades. History Start of the Great Seattle Fire, looking south on 1st Ave. near Madison St.
GooBing Detroit A garage in northeast Detroit deteriorates. Lady waving to the street view car in the first image, c. 2009. Nearby the Heidelberg Project, and in the style, though not sure if a Tyree or not. Why Don’t We Own This? shows the property taxes haven’t been paid in a few years (makes sense…) and $2k+ is owed. The death of the American mall It is hard to believe there has ever been any life in this place. Shattered glass crunches under Seph Lawless’s feet as he strides through its dreary corridors. Overhead lights attached to ripped-out electrical wires hang suspended in the stale air and fading wallpaper peels off the walls like dead skin. Lawless sidesteps debris as he passes from plot to plot in this retail graveyard called Rolling Acres Mall in Akron, Ohio. The shopping centre closed in 2008, and its largest retailers, which had tried to make it as standalone stores, emptied out by the end of last year. When Lawless stops to overlook a two-storey opening near the mall’s once-bustling core, only an occasional drop of water, dribbling through missing ceiling tiles, breaks the silence.