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Saturday, September 1, 2012
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Rubble at a demolition site in Newark, former electrical goods factory. Where hundreds of people were employed, once upon a time. That was back when Newark had enough decent jobs for anyone who wanted to work. The world certainly has changed since then.

“Well you can tear a building down, but you can’t erase a memory . . .” (Living Color).

◊   posted by Jim G @ 10:29 pm      

  1. Jim, Aren’t there just too many of these kinds of places? I’ve seen lots of them myself here in the Chicago area. One was the Caterpiller plant on the north side, another was the steel mills on the South Side another was Western Electric in the west suburbs. Vast acres of land lying fallow; these places always amazed me, both at how huge they were in area and how desolate they were when abandoned. And I knew people who worked in these places who never really got established in a job again–at least not the way they had been in those places.

    Yet, after some 20+ years, somehow these places became used again, by a different group, in a different ways, with different people.

    I think back in history and find myself wondering just how often times have changed in this manner (or in some kind of similar manner). It’s useless to mourn and wonder when times will return to the way they were; they will not. The only way to manage one’s life through such times is to change with them, like it or not.

    I find myself wondering just when this “information technology change time” will settle down and stop changing. But then, I realize, when it does “settle down”, something will be taking its place, and the “old” will be the info tech, and people will have to adjust to whatever the new will be.

    I think the only difference in the past is that change moved at a slower pace. Today it moves at what seems to us a ridiculously fast pace. Nothing to do about it but go with the flow. MCS

    Comment by Mary S. — September 2, 2012 @ 9:57 am

  2. Visuals such as this of rubble or buildings beyond repair are extremely harmful to the community. They create an impression of decay and hopelessness. And the government should create policies to ensure that these visual symbols are never permanent.

    Comment by Zreebs — September 2, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

  3. The Greeks and Romans had their ruins, which are great tourist attractions today. I wonder how future generations will regard the ruins of America’s industrial age?

    Comment by Allan Lacki — December 4, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

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