Sunday, February 27, 2011

Urban Decay Project

Urban decay is the process whereby a previously functioning city or part of a city, falls into disrepair and decrepitude. With the raising cost of quality living and the desire to be in hip and trendy locations, many previous and indigenous residents are displaced in the process. The rate of this displacement in most cases outnumbers the rate of incoming wealth and luxury condos. The result is urban decay and it can be in the form of deindustrialization, depopulation or changing population, economic restructuring, abandoned buildings, high local unemployment, fragmented families, political disenfranchisement, crime, and a desolate, inhospitable city landscape. 

Look around your city, town, or neighborhood and notice the rate at which it is changing. Take photos or videos of the urban decay you see. Send your photos or videos to with a description or general information (what? where? why? ect...)

To see the poignant documentation of urban decay in Williamsburg and how a once diverse neighborhood is now a very trendy and economically segregated neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY visit the webpage for The Domino Effect.

Below are some photos I have taken:  

 Barber Shop in Williamsburg. Located on Driggs Ave between North 7th & 8th Streets.

The Empire Diner in Chelsea served its last meal on 5/15/2010. This hip restaurant was featured in the Woody Allen film "Manhattan" but its owners lost their lease.  There is now a legal battle over this site: Feud Over Empire Diner

Vacant luxury condos on Kent Street and North 8th, opposite East River State Park. This area is starting to look more like Miami than Brooklyn...This form of gentrification in urban areas is the cause of urban decay.

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