Monday, August 15, 2016

A.D. 1901


In many other cities, say, in the Northeastern US or in Europe, a building of this age might be rehabbed as needed, well cared-for and in vibrant use. Well, this is the American rust belt. I'm happy to report, though, that people were going back and forth inside with construction materials. This part of the South Side is in flux, part in complete decay and part the beneficiary of urban pioneering.                     

5 comments:

Nathalie H.D. said...

What a dreadful name, the American rust belt : when economic disaster strikes on such a large scale that it takes such a name. When you think of what it means in terms of individual lives it's frightening.

And then you see America trying so hard to export its political and economic model throughout the world as if it were a promise of ever-lasting comfort and success, you wonder who they're trying to fool...

Glad to see that things are changing here though :)

Nathalie H.D. said...

And sorry for being such a lousy contributor over the past few weeks.

Enjoy the trip to Germany and the break from all the hard work!

Sharon Anck said...

It's certainly a sturdy looking building. It's prime for a bit of refurbishing.

William Kendall said...

Hopefully the work inside goes smoothly.

bill burke said...

It's a beginning at least and then hopefully it will involve more places over time.