Urban decay

A colleague just turned me on to this fascinating website, a collection of photography from around the continent documenting public housing and urban decay.

Check out the pages for Louisville. Clarksdale is in there, as is Park DuValle, both barracks-style public housing complexes that have been razed in favor of new, mixed-income developments that still house some low-income residents, but less than before.

It’s a fascinating issue that I’ve written about pretty extensively in LEO. This piece from 2006 hits on the issues with warehousing poor people directly.

Looking around at the public housing in some of these cities, I’m amazed at house similar it all is. Spend a little time with this one. (SG)


  1. Anonymous
    Posted February 3, 2008 at 2:49 am | Permalink

    It truly is an eye opening site. It’s just too bad they don’t give proper credit to the photographers that actually took the pictures.

    I took most of the photos they have in the Louisville section, and I haven’t gotten one ounce of credit. They even cropped out my copyright from the photos. My name is Abdul R. Sharif. If you want to see more of my pics of the west end, louisville public housing, and Louisville in general please check out my website: http://www.pbase.com/abdulsharif


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