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A Photographic Tour of a Foreclosure Hotbed

Modesto, California has one of the highest rates of foreclosure in the U.S. This collection of photography documents the city's abandoned homes.

"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. You won't find entire blocks of Modesto that stand vacant -- it's not Detroit, after all -- but in on practically every steet in every neighborhood, there's usually there's one house that's been foreclosed.

With some practice, foreclosed homespotting becomes easy: Amid the manicured lawns and tidy suburban blandscapes, the foreclosed homes are the ones where things are slighty awry; lawns go feral, the shades in the windows sit askew, and rows of legal notices are taped to the windows near the front door."

The photographs show homes long neglected and even entire blocks that have been wiped clean of empty homes.

Full Story: Real Estate, Relocation, and Ruin: A Photo Tour of Foreclosureville, USA


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