19 Oct '12, 9pm

Can you green a ghost town? Lauren Riga of Gary, Ind., is going to try

Can you green a ghost town? Lauren Riga of Gary, Ind., is going to try

slworking2 Gary’s abandoned Methodist church was featured in Transformers: Dark of the Moon . To say, that Gary, Ind., has seen better days is a laughable understatement. In an elegy for the city, James Howard Kunstler compared it to post-evacuation Chernobyl . Horror and action filmmakers have taken advantage of Gary’s abandoned cityscape , but the town lacks a single movie theater to show the films, which include Transformers and the Nightmare on Elm Street remake. The History Channel even featured Gary in Life After People , a series in which scientists and engineers imagine the built world sans human life. Violent crime has decreased in Gary since it was dubbed the Murder Capital of the U.S. , but it still hovers above the national average . How did this happen? Founded in 1906 by the United States Steel Corporation, Gary experienced a huge population crash when the st...

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