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    I have had a long standing fascination with history and archeology. Abandoned places have always interested me. During the last economic crises may major cities experienced mass exodus. You can see the effect on Google earth.


    Urban prairie is a term to describe vacant urban land that has reverted to green space. Previous structures occupying the urban lots have been demolished, leaving patchy areas of green space that are usually untended and unmanaged. Sometimes, however, the prairie spaces are intentionally created to facilitate amenities such as community gardens and wildlife habitats

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_prairie

    You can use both the satellite view to see the big picture and then the street view to really see the effect. Here are four view from three different cities, poke around between the street view and satellite view. You may find it interesting.

    https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ro...!4d-77.6109219



    https://www.google.com/maps/@38.6734...7i13312!8i6656

    https://www.google.com/maps/place/De...!4d-83.0457538

    https://www.google.com/maps/@42.3812...7i13312!8i6656













    additional reading:

    https://www.citylab.com/design/2012/...-st-louis/964/
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    I've long been haunted by abandoned malls.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=aban...ih=836#imgrc=_




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    Migod. Planet of the Apes was a documentary.
    If I use the word "God," I sure don't mean an old man in the sky who just loves the occasional goat sacrifice. - Anne Lamott

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    wow the underground koi pond. Freaky!!!
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    More from my above link.

    I think one of Tom Robbins' books was set in a future Seattle when all the skyscrapers had been covered by blackberries. Not that hard to believe around here.




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    As a now old, retired architect, I remember my shock at first seeing a bank that I had designed being torn down to make way for a new building.

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    "For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations,
    for nature cannot be fooled."

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    Our tax dollars at work. Far better than "Health care" or education...
    All those "developments" were given significant tax breaks to assist with construction costs helping to make America great.
    A notion of fools.

    (that last was a typo but I like it!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    A notion of fools.

    (that last was a typo but I like it!)
    I got it, the instant I read it.... wins my award for the best unintentional-but-brilliant typo
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    Freudian slip?

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    Detroit didn't actually die. It was taken over by the city government, which threw the people out. The vacant land is owned by the city, which supports itself by taxing the land that it owns.

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    Ozymandias again.

    Paul Pless posted some of those Detroit pictures before; haunting.
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    MICHIGAN URBAN FARMING INITIATIVE. http://www.miufi.org

    Also please note that several of those abandoned structures are in eastern Europe, not on the prairie. The famous Koi pond is in Bangkok.
    “What, Me Worry?". -. A. E. Newman

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    ^ Yes, some of the photos I posted are in Wisconsin. Indiana and New York State.

    I wasn't calling Detroit out, I was just interested in de-urbanization.
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    These are from the Ukraine:







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    The world as junkyard.
    If I use the word "God," I sure don't mean an old man in the sky who just loves the occasional goat sacrifice. - Anne Lamott

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    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post
    As a now old, retired architect, I remember my shock at first seeing a bank that I had designed being torn down to make way for a new building.
    On my one and only cruise ship experience, we had dinner with a woman who owned a rather specific construction company. They moved up and down the west coast pouring concrete slabs for big box drug stores. She said they had only 6 different plans, depending on the order. They'd be followed by construction companies that specialized in big box drug stores.
    She said that if the store failed to make a certain level of profitability within a set number of years, the corporation would close it and walk away. In some spots, the real estate would turn a profit, in other spots, the buildings sit empty and abandoned.
    “What, Me Worry?". -. A. E. Newman

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomF View Post
    The world as junkyard.
    What cares the earth how the minerals move? Ebb and flow. Ebb and flow.

    Peace,
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    In geological time, it matters little. A moderate bit of vulcanism and a few hundred million years under a new sea will clean it all up.
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    i LOVE old abandoned stuff. totally fascinating

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    Although posts #20 and #21 may be correct. I'm not sure how happy I am living with the mess in the meantime.
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    Life After People is quite fascinating.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_After_People
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    Quote Originally Posted by SKIP KILPATRICK View Post
    Although posts #20 and #21 may be correct. I'm not sure how happy I am living with the mess in the meantime.
    Me?

    Mayhaps you have read my hints of whistful longing for the days before the mini-malls invaded the ag land.

    The topsoil we have can't be replaced, and can't be replicated. They scrape it all away and haul it off as waste, so they can scrape down to the hardpan layer.

    I weep.

    However, I've seen the jungle reclaiming the fringes of cities in Taiwan, the spots where people lose diligence for a few brief moments.
    The tendrils creep, and the roots take root, and the plants bloom and die without a care for the strange meanderings of the absent crazy apes that once inhabited their new grand trellises.

    Peace,
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    Nicosia Airport - a huge time capsule from the 1970s.



    http://www.slate.com/blogs/atlas_obs...of_cyprus.html
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    Lorain Steel Mill.


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    Ghost Fleet Mallows Bay Maryland



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    Fasanating topic, and incredible (albeit highly processed) photography.

    More images please (and less politics.)
    "Simple minds discuss people, Average minds discuss things, and Great minds discuss ideas".

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    I hiked the trail at Mallows Bay in 2015. I got a few pictures. I realized then that I need to return there with a kayak. The pictures posted above make it even more compelling.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mallows_Bay
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    just read up on mallows bay... so cool

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    Atlantic City, on the beach.......



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    old Sloss furnace near my hometown.







    but it's not totally abandoned!


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