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A Certain Kind of Emptiness: The Abandoned Portside Power Plant
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The relatively unmarked exteriors of the coal tower and the power plant itself give little indication as to how much their interiors have changed, even in just the last four years. Cavalier posting of identifying information on the internet and increasingly easy access have led to unchecked vandalism and scrapping. On the day that I last visited, I spotted no less than a dozen other photographers on the property and two small groups of scrappers running back and forth to a nearby parking lot with grocery carts full of harvested equipment. According to someone I know who has visited the site since then, all entrances have been welded shut, including the coal conveyor. On one hand it is unfortunate because this is an amazing site, but on the other the overall carelessness that has led to this being a well-known location among abandonments is obviously destroying it. The graffiti and theft are a prime example of why some such as myself feel that it is better not to post any identifying information at all until a site is demolished or otherwise beyond damage.

Portside Power Plant (a pseudonym), 2009. Photograph and text by Matthew Christopher of Abandoned America