Left Behind

The narrative arc of Gary’s history is a common one, having been repeated in countless other rust belt towns. Industry thrives, the city booms. Industry dries up, unemployment and white flight follows. This is history writ large, with big impersonal forces inexorably taking their toll over time. Of course, these things must happen to somebody. People had to decide one day they’d had enough, and to move out. Or shutter their church. Or close down a hospital.  On this granular level, there can be more questions than answers. Why would people leave an entirely furnished home?




A kitchen, though rummaged through by squatters, still has dishes, utensils, and food left behind.



A hutch with china



Solid wood dining room table.



This all raises difficult feelings which are hard to quantify. It’s hard not to feel like a bit of  a ghoul when walking through places that have been so recently abandoned to misfortune. But we do it anyway…

2 responses

  1. The first photo, just, Wow.

    March 28, 2013 at 11:43 pm

  2. So true. You gotta wonder what circumstances people find themselves in in order to abandon everything they own.

    March 29, 2013 at 9:53 am

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