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September 5, 2011 by Paul Hertneky
Note: I love photography, so here’s a shout-out and round of applause for the talented Christopher DellaMea and his new book Exploring the Rust Belt.
For those of us who grew up in the suburbs ringing the silent manufacturing plants, the appeal is a reconnection with our roots. We are nostalgic for a time we never knew, the world our parents made sure we could escape. The geography of nowhere gets a soul. We move back and haunt the streets of our grandparents…. All the connoisseurs of Rust Belt Chic are seeking the same thing, authenticity. A strong sense of place is highly valued. At every turn, you know that you can only be in Pittsburgh. And you love all of it, the grit and the faded grandeur. A vacant building is more about possibility than the spectacular fall from grace.
“With enough abandoned lots to fill the city of San Francisco, Detroit is 138 square miles divided between decay and still-functioning communities… Close to six barren acres of an estimated 17,000 have already been turned into 500 mini-farms, and ‘we plan to triple that every year,’ said Michael Travis, deputy director of Urban Farming.”