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No Hope for a Cure
25th August 2015 - 0 comments
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Perhaps the sadness of finding children's toys in abandoned locations mirrors our worst failure, our inability to protect them from how brutal reality can be.


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Debunking "The Trolley Tragedy of 1957"
05th August 2015 - 5 comments
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What happens when news stories about abandoned sites are published without fact checking? A bizarro tale of Seph Lawless, fraud, and a journalistic train wreck.


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to manage the darkness
03rd August 2015 - 0 comments
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Not all aspects of fear are bad, which is why in managed doses we seek it out.


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No Matter How Far
02nd July 2015 - 5 comments
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The focus wasn't just right, I made some other stupid mistake in the settings, the angle could have been better. I should have tried more, and worked harder.


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In the Interest of Honesty
23rd June 2015 - 1 comment
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It's never just been about the history or preservation of these places, it's more about trying to figure out how to survive myself.


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On Researching and Historical Accuracy
19th June 2015 - 0 comments
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Even the best efforts to research a site sometimes present inaccurate results - how does one deal with human error in historical writing?


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Way to Go, Philadelphia! We Destroyed the Boyd!
09th May 2015 - 1 comment
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A congratulatory letter to the City of Philadelphia on the demolition of its last movie palace, the Boyd Theater


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toward the oblivion of eternity
08th February 2015 - 0 comments
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Our reaction to ruins bears a strong tie to our processing of loss and grief, and how we turn to memories to cope with them.


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On Planned/Unplanned Obsolescence
27th January 2015 - 1 comment
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From the moment you create something, it marches towards becoming obsolete, with or without your help.


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The Horrible Truth: An Abandoned America Blog
31st October 2014 - 7 comments
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It may be the season where we comfort ourselves with made up haunted house stories, but the truth is a lot more frightening.


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An End to the Era of Lies: An Abandoned America Blog
19th October 2014 - 4 comments
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It was all about creating a myth so we wouldn't have to face the truth.


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An Erasure of Sorts: An Abandoned America Blog
22nd February 2014 - 1 comment
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Sitting up there in the dark amidst the shadows of familiar things now twisted and blackened, with lazy ashes swirling in the last fleeting rays of sunshine, I knew I was where I belonged.


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Demolition by Neglect: An Abandoned America Blog
14th February 2014 - 0 comments
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How do you destroy a building you probably shouldn't be allowed to? It's a process called demolition by neglect. An Abandoned America blog by Matthew Christopher.


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A Requiem for St. Bonaventure
13th February 2014 - 1 comment
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The destruction of a true work of art is never something to revel in. The erasure of a beautiful cathedral like Philadelphia's St. Bonaventure is a tragedy for all, and an enormous hole torn both literally and figuratively in the community around it. An Abandoned America blog by Matthew Christopher


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Carve Out a Little Piece of My Heart: An Abandoned America Blog
22nd March 2013 - 0 comments
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With every place lost, you lose a part of yourself.


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A Violation of the Contract: An Abandoned America Blog
19th February 2013 - 2 comments
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Abandoned sites are more than just places to photograph or ways of getting away from the rules of society. Often they are the physical manifestation of something that has gone horribly wrong.


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The Work I Was Born to Do: An Abandoned America Blog
06th February 2013 - 4 comments
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Does the photography of ruins exploit its subjects? It's a frequent criticism of the genre of work, and one that I disagree strongly with. Here's why.


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The Neatest Line You Can Draw: An Abandoned America Blog Post
17th January 2013 - 0 comments
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The illusion of safety is all a matter of what side of the fence you're on.


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If Words Could Change Our Nature: An Abandoned America Blog
07th January 2013 - 1 comment
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One can endlessly summarize the experience of visiting an abandoned place or its past, but to what end?


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The In-Between: An Abandoned America blog
06th January 2013 - 1 comment
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Abandoned places: halfway between reality and somewhere else.


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