August 31st, 2009

mad world

Rural Alabama, June 2009

In the rural South, there is one inevitable fate of any abandoned structure--and even, if you're not careful, ones that are still used! That fate is, of course, kudzu. It was brought over from Asia to discourage erosion of the soil. Well, the soil is staying put, all right. Unfortunately, so is anything else that disappears into the leafy green embrace of "The Vine That Ate the South."

These were taken this summer on the road between Troy and Elba, Alabama.

IMG003 by you.
My favorite shot. It was probably a barn, but not necessarily; my grandfather grew up in a house very like this.


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07.08.09 Abandoned park of attractions...

At quay. Consists of the former big wheel, a motor-vehicle pool of machines and a children's steam locomotive on a mini-railroad... Impressions sad it of course.. On a wheel did not get this time, it is a lot of people around. Costs in a shade of trees, therefore brightly to transfer it not especially it was possible, well it is fine, more low the report.

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14.07.09 Abandon manor-were sanatorium...

One more thrown manor in which in a Soviet period the sanatorium settled down. A combination of a tree and a stone, various elements - carvings, hours etc. And the main thing - not ruins, and whole. Very beautifully!!! The place interesting but to get inside meanwhile it was not possible. Protection does not sleep, and dogs do not doze.

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Bobcat High 1949-2009

This High School is currently under demolition. They built a brand new school right next to it and the old one has been left behind while workers start the demolition and abatement process. I lived in the area near this school as a kid but moved away before High School. My Mom, Uncle, and Aunt all went to this school in the 1960s. This building was built in 1949, died in 2009.

It should be noted that 3 months ago this building was still in use. Kids were just getting out for summer vacation. A lot can happen in 3 months.

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Capua Anfiteatro. Gladiators!

Oh my, am I ever nervous about posting this!

So technically I guess this could be a heritage site, but as you will see, they don't maintain it very well. I thought perhaps it could qualify to be posted here, because there is a lot of building, but also a lot of green. If not...OOPS. I'll take it down and get some new material and apologize. There are oh just tons on abandoned places in Naples. Spartacus is supposed to have fought here? Well, neat.

This is what you're looking at:

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x-posted to buried_in_green & abandonedplaces & crow_moon

Abandoned NYC subway stations

I just found this page, which lists abandoned stations in the New York City subway. This subject fascinates me; for years, I've been looking at the 18th street IRT station when we go by slow on the #4 or #6 line, and I wasn't aware it had been closed since 1948.

The City Hall IRT station on the #6 line was closed about the same time, since it, according to the article, was never an important station and is still used to turn around the #6 local train from downtown to uptown.

The MTA periodically still gives tours of this station; several years ago, I got to take the tour, in which the guide gives some historical information about the area and City Hall Park before we go below ground. Naturally, since the entrances are sealed, the only way to access the station is by taking the #6 train and stopping; the platforms in this station can't easily accommodate the newer trains, and there are huge gaps where some doors open.

I hope to get to take this tour again sometime; it's truly an amazing station.

Below is the Worth Street station, which I've always wondered about too.

I'm too chicken to try and access any of these abandoned stations myself, although if I ever get into one, I'll be sure to post the pictures!