Take Detroit (or Cleveland). Detroit has lost 25% of its population since the 2000 census, leaving parts of the city abandoned.
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These photos are from Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre's RUINS OF DETROIT, which is both a book and an exhibit. Check out the rest of the images. There are so many.
Other collections of modern ruins:
- The Accidental Sea. A short video tour of the abandoned towns around California's Salton Sea. (btw, the film is by Ransom Riggs, author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.)
- 9 Ghost Towns of the Recession. Victims of the burst housing bubble.
- Ghosts of Shopping Past. Abandoned shopping malls and big box stores. Oh my.
- I09's Modern Ruins column. Great pix and videos of abandoned amusement parks, ghost towns, off ramps to nowhere, etc.
- Abandon in Place: A photo exhibit of abandoned space program structures. (btw, Abandon in Place is a real NASA term. It's stenciled on structures that are no longer maintained. We also used to joke that certain civil servants had that stamped on their behinds.)
My point is that our world has plenty of modern ruins so don't forget them when you write about the future. And, those modern ruins could also inspire your own dystopic landscapes.
What "inspiring" modern landscapes have you seen or heard about?