Thursday, August 11, 2005

What to do with an asbestos-infested building?




Eco-Absence noted this building last month in Harvey, Illinois. It used to be a chemical research facility for Arco. Who will pony up the money to clean it out? Why not Arco?

I was surprised to find that all those broken windows, even in a photograph, gave me the creeps. Not sure what it is -- perhaps the complete absence of people where once they belonged. The evidence of vandalism, of other people coming to do harm.

The broken windows make it feel like everyone who used to work and thrive there was wiped out. It emphasizes how "gone" they are. If the windows weren't broken, we could tell ourselves that the people might come back or someone new might move in.

Photo courtesy of Eco-Absence.

4 comments:

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Jennifer said...

Hmmm. Jenna and Chrystal seem to be of like mind. Yes, feel free to link, but be sure to give credit to Eco-Absence, who was the original blog to post on this building. I just borrowed it from them and added a few comments.

Anonymous said...

I am a resident of harvey, and I too can't stand to see this building. Its not as bad as an older building we used to have in Harvey called the Dixie Square Mall. I heard the mall was extremely popular when it was open, but stores started leaving, and less people were coming. For many many years the building was left empty, there have been reported rapes, sofar I have heard of 1 murder, and drug activity. The building unlike this building had no way to keep people out, there was no gate around it or anything.

Dixie Square Mall finally is now torn down, but to this day 9/15/08 this building still stands in Harvey. Something needs to be done about these buildings, Harvey has weigh too many that are like this.