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Gary Artists Go From Photographing Abandoned Buildings to Saving Them

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I was reading this article by Nina Feldman in Next City. It is about a group that is restoring the abandoned station in Gary Indiana.

It reminded me of the Pennsylvania station in Baltimore, which has not so much been restored, or preserved, as simply remains much in its original condition. We had arrived from Washington DC on the MARC train and proceeded to the cruise ship terminal by taxi. I had thought I had taken more pictures – but my memory played me false.

MARC 24

Baltimore Penn Station

Penn Station Baltimore

I wish now that I had taken more time to take more pictures. But I suppose that the taxi was waiting.

I think it is also worth taking a moment more to read this bit of the Next City article

Historic preservation draws critics from both sides of the aisle. Republican lawmakers in the Midwest criticize historic districts for infringing on homeowners’ rights. Affordable housing advocates argue that historic designations further wealth inequality by preventing affordable housing from being developed in high-opportunity neighborhoods. Redevelopment of historical landmarks in areas where property values are creeping up can push neighborhoods over the tipping point — at once increasing the viability and economic activity in the area, while often also displacing low-income residents. Preservationists have responded with data that show how saving old buildings in neighborhoods has helped with diversity, affordability and opportunity.

Written by Stephen Rees

August 25, 2017 at 11:10 am

Posted in Transportation

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