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(via Douglas Smith’s Photographs of the California Foreclosure Crisis: Places: Design Observer)
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Shells of the town’s businesses sit amongst brushes, shrubs, and old sidewalks, such as this former lumber store.  This Victorian-style hospital has sat neglected at the edge of town since the 1930s, while the community hall, last refurbished decades ago, still bears the symbol of Canada’s 1967 centennial. 

Ghost Towns of the Palliser Triangle - Google Sightseeing

Shells of the town’s businesses sit amongst brushes, shrubs, and old sidewalks, such as this former lumber store. This Victorian-style hospital has sat neglected at the edge of town since the 1930s, while the community hall, last refurbished decades ago, still bears the symbol of Canada’s 1967 centennial. 

Ghost Towns of the Palliser Triangle - Google Sightseeing

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Mentioned “ghost developments of China” earlier: Here.

BoingBoing today (well, yesterday) links to the video above.

Here’s an Australian TV documentary about China’s housing bubble which has given rise of bizarre ghost malls, ghost highrises, and even ghost cities. It’s symptomatic of the growing divide between China’s rich and poor, which has left many Chinese without adequate housing. Unlike the US bubble, the Chinese property bubble isn’t founded on cheap credit, which makes the analyst hosting the show believe that it won’t burst in the same way as American one.

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 75 Abandoned Theaters From Around The USA
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Telstar Logistics visited Modesto, California recently to take in the scenery, but it wasn’t a pretty sight. A city of more than 210,000 people located about 90 miles east of San Francisco, Modesto had the nation’s third-highest home foreclosure rate during the third quarter of 2010 (just behind Las Vegas, Nevada and Cape Coral/Fort Meyers, Florida). In practical terms, that means 1 in 36 homes in Modesto is in foreclosure, and as we discovered, the evidence of this is visible from street level. 

Real Estate, Relocation, and Ruin: A Photo Tour of Foreclosureville, USA - Telstar Logistics

Telstar Logistics visited Modesto, California recently to take in the scenery, but it wasn’t a pretty sight. A city of more than 210,000 people located about 90 miles east of San Francisco, Modesto had the nation’s third-highest home foreclosure rate during the third quarter of 2010 (just behind Las Vegas, Nevada and Cape Coral/Fort Meyers, Florida). In practical terms, that means 1 in 36 homes in Modesto is in foreclosure, and as we discovered, the evidence of this is visible from street level. 

Real Estate, Relocation, and Ruin: A Photo Tour of Foreclosureville, USA - Telstar Logistics

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Since the Middle Ages thousands of towns, villages, and other human communities in Great Britain have been abandoned. Some places have been abandoned at a single point in time, while others have been gradually depopulated until there was no-one left. In some cases the forces of nature have made a major contribution to the abandonment, but more often economic and social changes have caused people to move away, or the decision of a powerful individual, organisation, or government has compelled inhabitants to leave.

This website commemorates all abandoned communities. But we will focus on a number of specific places that have been deserted at various times, for various reasons. In each case we will consider what type of community it was, the events leading up to its abandonment, and what happened to the inhabitants after they moved away.

We will also be interested in what you are likely to find if you visit the place today, and in this respect you will notice that the observations and experiences of the author will often be recorded.

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Q: What’s the best abandoned place in New York City you’ve discovered in your travels? (And is it still there?) — Posted by L.W.

A: A few favorites: First, I love the building at 4 East 43rd in the heart of Midtown that is thankfully being saved in the next few years. Fort Totten in Queens, a former Army base, has some amazing properties, including a farm house in sorry shape. Staten Island’s Sea View Hospital also has some impressive ruins that have been dying for decades now. And the state of the old Boyce Thompson Institute in Yonkers is tragic. But my favorite “almost-abandoned” property is Alder Manor in Yonkers — the inside is incredible, with a second-floor indoor pool and a main level that seems to recreate the Clue board game layout.

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Abandoned wooden churches in Russia, photographed by Richard Davies.

Abandoned wooden churches in Russia, photographed by Richard Davies.

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10 Japanese Ghost Towns - Asylum.com