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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

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3rd-and-Hayes--Chester










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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

This picture, like many others of yours, makes me so sad. Your photos of people make me angry, but I lived in buildings like this in western NY state many years ago, and these empty dwellings make me feel sad. They were mass-produced, probably for factory workers, but had little fancy touches, like the plaster floral details just under the roof. So sad to see them abandoned - is it because they were foreclosed (that is, could someone sneak-move back in again?), or is this building in a completely abandoned neighbourhood? When so many people in America don't have a home, it is heartbreaking to see buildings that have no one living in them. The cog. dissonance between American exceptionalism and American reality is just incredible - every time I come back to visit family in the US (which happens only once a year, since I'm not a wealthy person), I feel more and more like someone visiting another planet.

Linh Dinh said...

Odd, too, the satelite TV dish. I've just finished a piece about Chester. It should be up in a minute...

Anonymous said...

The satellite dish may signify nothing at all. I've seen many abandoned houses with the dish still attached because whenever the resident leaves or dies, the company doesn't come back for the dish.

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