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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 3:57 am    Post subject: Urban Ruins: Local Coliseum Reply with quote

Since the feedback was so positive on my trainyard set, I thought I'd
see what the reactions are for this location.

Again, it's all from AF lenses.
I'm awaiting a focusing screen from Alex. When it arrives, after I establish
that it's focusing properly, I'll probably bombard this forum with images. Wink



Not much is known about this place, other than it was to be
an indoor/outdoor ice arena primarily for a local semi-pro
hockey team. Funding collapsed, and the project was abandoned
when only partially completed. It's now a magnet for taggers
and ATV riders, and the water is home to a huge snapping turtle.
In a way, I am reminded of the ruins of the Roman Coliseum
when looking upon the unfinished spectator stands.

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Some heavy equipment was even left behind:
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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 4:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great photoset Craig. What an enormous waste of money.


patrickh


PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting shots. I wonder if the plant was already written down or simply worn out. It's amazing what happens to some of that kit if it's too much trouble to take it away - digging a big hole and driving it into isn't unknown.


PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

patrickh wrote:
Great photoset Craig. What an enormous waste of money.


patrickh



Laughing Laughing Shocked It took me two beats to realize you're talking about the building and not the AF lenses... Confused ... you ARE talking about the building and not the AF lenses, right? Laughing


PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

right Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy


patrickh


PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another good set, I enjoyed seeing them Very Happy

The arena looks like it's made from a kids building blocks Laughing

Sad to see projects like this fall by the wayside due to funding. What a great facility it would have made for the town Sad


PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2009 6:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

GrahamNR17 wrote:
What a great facility it would have made for the town Sad

I seriously doubt that.

The project is, as can be seen, located adjacent to an existing shopping
center. Said shopping center was to be a location for discount 'outlet'
stores, but it never materialized. Instead, the shops gave way to being
nothing more than generalized retail, and the largest space seems to be
a church or other faith-based organization.

Despite being located near to a major roadway, the location suffers
from being rather far removed from any significant population centers.
I suspect this is why the site is so frequently visited by taggers
and vandals, and why we had no trouble in accessing the site.

I'm sure the idea was cool at the time of inception, but the hard reality
is that it couldn't happen in such a loosely-populated area.
It resulted in great photographic fodder for us, but a huge loss
of money and effort for whomever spearheaded the project.


PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, SkedAddled.
Another good set on urban decay. It's always sad to see money wasted in such way, but if it had to collapse better it right away than later when possibly full of people.
Marty.