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Ghost Towns

July 22, 2015, 8am PDT
Suburban office parks are achieving the status of ghost towns in the Washington, D.C. area.
The Washington Post
October 31, 2013, 1pm PDT
Apparently ghost towns aren't only found in America's Old West and at former nuclear test sites. Lifestyle website Thrillist has collected seven of the world's creepiest ghost towns.
October 8, 2013, 10am PDT
In an illustrated essay, Chuck Wolfe contrasts the ideal form of the New England town with an abandoned French village, calling out the human infrastructure essential to successful urban places.
May 21, 2011, 7am PDT
Preparations for the World Cup and Olympics are displacing hundreds of families in Rio de Janeiro. One neighborhood next to a major stadium has been turned into a ghost town.
April 12, 2011, 12pm PDT
This piece from<em>Der Spiegel</em> takes you inside the abandoned cities of Japan that were forced to clear out amid threats of nuclear meltdown.
Der Spiegel
April 7, 2011, 2pm PDT
Depopulation and empty houses are creating modern day ghost towns throughout America. This piece introduces the latest class of emptying areas.
24/7 Wall St.
December 23, 2010, 5am PST
This post from <em>Business Insider</em> collects satellite imagery and pictures of ghost towns in China.
Business Insider
November 2, 2010, 5am PDT
This piece from <em>The New York Times</em> offers a first hand look at life in a modern day mining ghost town from someone who is steadily buying up empty buildings.
The New York Times
October 15, 2010, 10am PDT
A town built in the Namibian desert has been abandoned for decades. The sand has taken over.
Environmental Graffiti
April 19, 2010, 9am PDT
California City, California was designed to be the state's next great metropolis. But today it's hardly more than a dream. Geoff Manaugh reports on this modern-day ghost town.
GOOD Magazine
May 26, 2009, 6am PDT
A subdivision in Florida's Dade County is left half-finished, leaving early buyers to live in a ghost town.
The Miami Herald
December 11, 2008, 1pm PST
The site of the Lexington Reservoir for the last 56 years, two ghost towns in Santa Clara County, California have re-emerged since the water level was temporarily lowered.
San Jose Mercury News
October 13, 2008, 2pm PDT
As foreclosures spread throughout the suburbs, subdivisions are rapidly becoming modern-day ghost towns, according to this column from <em>The Seattle Times</em>.
The Seattle Times
April 16, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>This article from <em>Discover</em> takes a tour of Bodie, California, a gold-mining mountain ghost town, where the entire city is in a state of "arrested decay".</p>