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Abandoned Places In The World

Owl has left a new comment on your post "One in 3 Homes in Tucson Selling For Under $100,000":
"An interesting post, why certain places go into decline is something I wonder about while on my wanders (be it on foot or online).
I found this blog while I was grabbing a quick coffee break http://www.dirjournal.com/info/abandoned-places-in-the-world/ perhaps not the most cheerful of things but shows how even larger settlements steadily fall to ruin."

Posted by Owl to Lloyd’s Blog at January 4, 2012 7:42 AM


Ches said...

Of course this always makes me think of Stewart Brands book How Buildings Learn. Go to: http://web.me.com/stewartbrand/SB_homepage/Books.html and when you have time check out the 6 part BBC series on the book hosted by Brand that is included on his page. Fascinating stuff.

Pseko said...

Ches -- thank you! I have just spent hours knitting and watching those videos -- love em and really love the last bit of the last video that shows Robinson Jeffers' house and tower (and Lloyd - you pop in on the first video?)

Anonymous said...

Some ghost towns are not abandoned : they never got populated...

In Spain, the most tragic example is Ciudad Valdeluz (''Light Valley''), a new town built in the middle of nowhere - one hour far from Madrid - during the property boom.

Land speculators wanted to entice 30 000 inhabitants but prices have collapsed and now, only 1200 inhabitants are living here. Thousands appartments are empty. No school, no health center, no shops, no postal service, and very few neighbours.

Here is a short video by Basurama (a spanish forum for reflection on trash, waste and reuse) :

Another documentary, ''Gran Scala, the latest western'', describes these spanish ghost towns : Gran Scala is planed as the future Las Vegas in Europe. A strange, beautiful and dreadful video which talks about the land, the sand, dead cities at night, boredom... and Clint Eastwood.


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