A couple weeks back there was a fascinating thread in IMHO about dying/ghost towns. While there were a few neat links there, I was disappointed to find that the vast majority had no pictures or involved subjects that, were so old that nothing of immediate interest remained or had been preserved and turned into museums. Most disappointing of all was the virtual absence of any modern subjects that have been left at the mercy of the elements.
Lately, though, I’ve run across the subject of abandoned highways while looking up information on bridges. SO far it’s been good source of recently abandoned stuff, like the old PA Turnpike. It was bypassed in the sixties and pretty much left to rot. In particular, it’s interesting to see how the deterioration progressed in the 40 or so years since it was last used.
This type of thing fascinates me, and I’ve been lucky enough to see some of it firsthand. In my hometown, for example, there was a relatively new multiplex that went out of business in the 80’s and ended up pretty dilapidated before they turned it into the parking lot about five years ago. Here in New Haven there was a channel running through the city that had obviously been a railroad back in the day, and that they’re now turning into a bike trail. It’s good that things like that are getting reclaimed, but it’s disappointing to see such genuine architectural detritus get erased.
Having said that, does anyone know about some interesting stuff that’s been abandoned in, say, the last 50 years that is truly abandoned and not demolished or preserved in some way?