Abandonment, Authenticity, and Transgressive Placemaking

Kelly Bennett writes on the connections between authentic places, abandonment, and a new wave of placemaking.

June 5, 2013 - Citiography

Varying Levels of Distress and Service in Detroit

In a newly announced effort, different parts of Detroit will receive different levels of public services based on projections of whether or not they're expected to grow in the future.

July 28, 2011 - The Christian Science Monitor

Inside California's Foreclosures

California's San Joaquin Valley has become a hotbed of foreclosed homes. But beyond mere statistics, these homes are real places, and a new series of photographs documents them as scenes of surrender and abandonment.

July 19, 2011 - Places

Beautiful Wastelands

The wastelands of the modern world can have an almost post-apocalyptic feel. But they can also be beautiful.

July 17, 2011 - Salon

Is My City Shrinking?

Justin B. Hollander at Tufts University looks at the increasing shrinkage of cities like Flint, Michigan and Youngstown, Ohio and the myriad strategies these cities are taking to shrink effectively.

April 5, 2010 - Cityscape

Crunch Leaves Thousands of Homes Half-Built or Abandoned

Thousands of homes in development are being halted and thousands more vacant new homes are being foreclosed across California, leading to crime, looting and squatting.

March 5, 2009 - Los Angeles Times

London Blitz, Redux

A combination of economic crises and a tax code based on square footage rather than rentals is encouraging a raft of demolitions that is leaving parts of London looking like it's been bombed again.

November 26, 2008 - The Globe and Mail

Subdivisions Becoming Ghost Towns

As foreclosures spread throughout the suburbs, subdivisions are rapidly becoming modern-day ghost towns, according to this column from The Seattle Times.

October 13, 2008 - The Seattle Times

Five Cities Fighting Abandonment

This article from Developer looks at five cities that are dealing creatively with their foreclosure and abandonment problems.

August 23, 2008 - Developer

Indianapolis Fights Blight With Site

Indianapolis has a growing problem with abandoned houses. To fight the blight, they're now selling the homes online.

July 14, 2008 - The Indianapolis Star

Foreclosures Hit Cleveland Hard

This segment from NPR looks at the city of Cleveland and examines how foreclosures have devastated the city and many of its neighborhoods.

May 27, 2008 - NPR

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