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PostPosted: 20-03-2012 02:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just passed by this old train station in Buffalo, NY. It's been abandoned for decades.

http://www.opacity.us/site1_buffalo_central_terminal.htm

I was actually ON a train as I passed by, and was pleasantly surprised by the site of a few deer munching on dry, overgrown grass in front of the entrance.

Looks like the city wants to re-open the building as a functioning rail station.

http://buffalocentralterminal.org/about/buffalo-central-terminal-is-right-for-high-speed-rail/
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PostPosted: 20-03-2012 03:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marvellously haunting images! Thanks for posting that link.

It was only last week, when I heard the song "Shuffle off to Buffalo . . . " in an old movie, that I was wondering what Buffalo was like. Now I can say I have seen a bit of it. Smile
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Talking of things stateside - I first became aware of North Brother Island through an architecture blog and the photography of Christopher Payne.

The most famous resident of North Brother Island - which is situated in New York's East River - was probably Mary Mallon, Typhoid Mary.

Christopher Payne's photographs of North Brother Island are here. Check out his other projects while you're at it.

There was actually an article about the place in the Mail a few weeks ago. Here.

The photographs in that article are by Ian Ference, and it's well worth checking out more of his stunning Urban Archaeology images on The Kingston Lounge - here.
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PostPosted: 21-03-2012 14:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are beautiful photos and, actually, it looks like a lovely location. Such a waste to let rot.
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PostPosted: 21-03-2012 18:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolutely lovely photographs. I adore the one of the Boiler Plant with the trees growing out where the roof used to be.
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Fans of abandoned places might want to look up the Buckner Building in Whittier, AK.

Built to house a thousand people, it was closed in 1960, then destroyed by the '64 Good Friday Quake. It had a service life of about ten years.

The much smaller work force needed to operate the busy port is now housed in a smaller high rise, home to about 300 souls.

There is a seperate school building, linked to the apartment house by a tunnel, imagine, in a town that gets three hundred inches of snow, no snow days? Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: 24-03-2012 07:08    Post subject: Reply with quote

East Berlin's Dinosaur Graveyard

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The Kulturpark Plänterwald had been the only amusement park in the ironically named German Democratic Republic (GDR). To get a better idea, think of it as a kind of Coney Island for socialists. There was no real coordination and theme - it was a mix of attractions and rides. When the GDR collapsed Kulturpark Plänterwald quickly followed.
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PostPosted: 24-03-2012 09:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

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East Berlin's Dinosaur Graveyard

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The Kulturpark Plänterwald had been the only amusement park in the ironically named German Democratic Republic (GDR). To get a better idea, think of it as a kind of Coney Island for socialists. There was no real coordination and theme - it was a mix of attractions and rides. When the GDR collapsed Kulturpark Plänterwald quickly followed.


Looks great it should be refurbished and reopened. Wonder if the dinosaurs were a secret satire on the regime?
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PostPosted: 28-03-2012 02:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another 'dinosaur' site was in NYC's Central Park.

Donated to the city, the faux dino's were demolished by Tweed Gang goons because Tammany didn't get paid.

The bits were rediscovered a few years ago.
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PostPosted: 17-12-2012 00:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

King Neptune still reigns over Western Australia’s abandoned marine park

http://io9.com/5968884/king-neptune-still-reigns-over-western-australias-abandoned-marine-park/gallery/1
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PostPosted: 17-12-2012 07:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

shruggy63 wrote:
I'd like to get access to take more pictures before this is bulldozed. Almost in the centre of Manchester.
http://www.derelictplaces.co.uk/main/showthread.php?t=11506


Meant to mention, a few months ago I bought a book about railway ghosts (two of my favourite things there!) which I think mentions this place.

So if anyone pops over for some more photography, they might get a surprise! Shocked
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PostPosted: 19-12-2012 00:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

skinny wrote:
Some more pics of abandoned properties. These are great.

http://www.behance.net/gallery/100-Abandoned-Houses/196639


My hometown. Sad Nice pics, though. There's one with a red polka dot painted on the door. Those polka dots originated with the Heidelberg Project, although I don't know if Mr. Guyton painted any of them himself or whether admirers did. In the late 90s, they were popping up on abandoned buildings everywhere. Pink and purple seemed to be favorite colors for them.

http://www.heidelberg.org/
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gncxx wrote:
Mythopoeika wrote:
Is Detroit an abandoned wasteland?
How did that happen?


The failing American car industry pulled out of the city, and because pretty much all anyone did there was make cars the whole city broke down.


It's of course more complex than that. People forget that the city's boom was faster than its decline. It exploded artificially, thanks to the good wages you could make in auto factories, but pretty soon the auto companies decided they needed single-story factories, and, at the time, there wasn't enough land in Detroit to build them. That's the "reason," anyway. There was also the fact that building new factories in rural areas meant all white workers. (The UAW had integrated early on, and Detroit had also been flooded by immigrants from all over the world, including Eastern Europe and the Middle East, and migrants from the US South, many if not most of whom were Black. The UAW knew that if it didn't integrate, the auto companies could break strikes by hiring non-white workers pretty cheap.)

Racism was a huge factor in Detroit's decline, sad to say.

One of the definitive sources is Thomas J. Sugrue's book, The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit.

Another factor, I think, is that with Detroit's fast boom, most residents had no roots there. They came for opportunity, and when opportunities declined or when problems arose (such as the '43 race riot [started by whites who felt their jobs were threatened] or the '67 Uprising) it was easier to leave and go elsewhere for whatever opportunities were there. Some just went to the suburbs (and now exurbs); others left the state.

Still, Detroit's a great city. It's true that it is pretty much entirely "inner city," and, if you're coming from the outside, it takes a huge cultural adjustment. But there's a thriving art scene, lots of young entrepreneurs (many of whom are moving in from elsewhere, like NYC, because they can actually make a difference in Detroit), great music as always (in every genre), festivals (such as Movement, an electronic music festival that draws people from all over the world), pretty decent sports teams, good food - new restaurants are popping up all over the place - the Riverfront (and you can fish in the Detroit River), several colleges and universities (including Wayne State University, well-known for its med school, law school, and mortuary science and education programs), the world-class Detroit Institute of Arts, many other museums, beautiful churches, and, yes, the urban gardening scene is flourishing (something that actually started in Detroit during WWI or thereabouts, when the city paid jobless people to grow crops on city-owned plots), as well as restaurants sourcing their produce from these gardens, and also a local wildflower garden/nursery. Not an exhaustive list, of course! But all of that is within city limits.

Things are improving, and will continue to improve, but I think it would be a shame if Detroit "came back" as some put it. Detroit's a great place to re-conceive what a city can be in the 21st century.
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PostPosted: 19-12-2012 18:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the insider's view DS, and of course it was more complicated than the car industry simply leaving, but that industry was the major problem from what I've heard, for whatever reasons. Good to know things are beginning to look better for Detroit.
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PostPosted: 16-04-2013 10:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

30 ABANDONED PLACES THAT LOOK TRULY BEAUTIFUL.

http://myscienceacademy.org/2013/04/14/the-33-most-beautiful-abandoned-places-in-the-world/
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