30 Dec '11, 10am

The city, stripped down: How ruin porn can help rebuild the Rust Belt

The city, stripped down: How ruin porn can help rebuild the Rust Belt

Photo: BB and HH This essay originally appeared in Rustwire . Living in the Rust Belt, one becomes accustomed to things that many people would find shocking. Examples: Not long ago, I saw the façade of an abandoned building fall out of itself on fire and into the street. Firemen and neighbors gathered around to look. Nobody was surprised, really. It was more a communal experience than anything. Not a few weeks later, I went for a jog and came upon another building that had been reduced to a skeleton of twisted metal that had its insides sunken in. It was quiet. The smell was of a cooled burning. Such scenes of destruction are prevalent in post-industrial cities like Cleveland, where I live. The commonness of vacancy, disassembly, and decay can be damn near Mad Max-ian. Don't believe me? Spend a day in Detroit. Chunks of the city feel like real-life versions of the fictiona...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/cities/2011-12-30-the-city-stripped-...

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