Urban Decay

forgotten neighborhoods


From disrepair to decay. These pockets of the urban landscapes represent remnants of nationally historic developments, neighborhoods on the brink of political controversy and/or irreversible socio-economic fallout

Central Yak

yakima, washington

The city of Yakima is best known for its agricultural relationship with the Yakima Valley, an area noted for national apple, wine and hop production.  In 1994 the city received the "All American City" award and has seen its population increase my nearly 50% since

However despite this unprecedented statistical growth, the retail core and center city residences have experienced tremendous decline over that same period of time

Hunts Point

bronx, new york

Dating back to the 1850-1900's Hunts Point was originally occupied by wealthy land-owners.  However its landscape abruptly changed following WWI, when a train line was built along Southern Avenue.  Apartments buildings replaced mansions and cross-streets replaced meadows

The second half of the 20th century represented the low-point for Hunts Point, characterized by frequent arson and mass abandonment. However, the neighborhood has seen its population increase steadily since 1980 -- despite ongoing blight from it's lucrative drug trade and notorious prostitution rings

dk Texture

eroding textures

Created as an afterthought to complement the specificity of my Urban Decay collections, this series of photos focuses on placeless materials, colors and textures in an eroding circumstance

dk Texture represents a limited sampling of 2D surface photos -- each originally captured as part of an other/existing Urban Decay collection

District 4

detroit, michigan

Detroit City Council - District 4, consists of 28 Detroit City neighborhoods, including:  Macdougall Hunt, Eastern Market, Poletown East, Corktown and Art Center.  At the heart of District 4 lies the Cass Corridor, a major north south arterial running from Downtown Detroit to the norther suburbs above 7-mile

While many of the neighborhoods of Detroit can be characterized as dominated by abandonment, decay or disrepair, the Cass Corridor is one of the few areas within Detroit City that has shown clear signs of re-investment and re-birth over the past decade

Poletown

detroit, michigan

Poletown was originally named after the thousands of Polish immigrants who originally lived in the area, in search of work in nearby auto plants and/or slaughterhouses.  The landscape of Poletown changed dramatically in 1981, when the city of Detroit forcefully relocated 4,200 residents to allow for the construction of the General Motors Detroit/Hamtramck Assembly Plant

Today the visual landscape of Poletown is dominated by the memories of its occupation and the burned/abandoned remnants of its single-family homes

Deep Ellum

dallas, texas

The 1990's were a high point for Deep Ellum as Dallas' liveliest entertainment district.  However, following the closure of many of the area's most reputable veunues in the early 2000's -- Deep Ellum now finds its streets more sparsely populated than it did in the 1990's

Today Deep Ellum struggles with a perception of a high crime rate that has made people reluctant to visit the area -- despite a renaissance of new bars, music venues and restaurant openings

Willets Point

queens, new york

In the shadows of the newly constructed Citi-Field, the Iron Triangle was branded as "another euphemism for blight". Shortly thereafter; each shop owner within this industrial node was issued the promise of eviction, as redevelopment plans that would be more consistent with the new vision for the neighborhood were unveiled

Currently, the city's redevelopment plans for the Iron Triangle are still pending, but each of its current business tenants have been already been issued a deadline to evacuate their respective places of business, in April 2011 -- ongoing

Houses

abandoned homes

The abandonment of these homes often has more to do with the circumstances of their surrounding, then with the story of the homes themselves.  Still, each and every abandoned home was once lived in by an individual, several people and/or families.

Although their individual stories will most certainly never really be told, we can trust that they will all, always be profound

Route 66

albuquerque to ok city

Originally established in November 1926, Route 66 quickly became one of the most famous roads in America.  Once the nations most vibrant and commercially active corridor, Route 66 originally ran from Chicago to Los Angeles (2448 mi) - via Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California

For an entire generation Route 66 was America's Main Street -- and today, remants dominate this historic landscape