Posts Tagged: decay

Maclay Street Bridge Decay

Every day I cross the Maclay Street bridge on my way to work and on my way home. I’ve noticed how overgrown the weeds have gotten and how they seemed to have taken over the sidewalks. Finally, I found myself sitting on the bridge in traffic and looked over to my left. I was looking through the side of the bridge to the railroad tracks below.

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How do things get this bad? I mean, if your house had a hole this big in the wall, and you found yourself looking outside, wouldn’t you fix it?

Following are a series of photos I took as I walked across the bridge. Hopefully this gains some awareness to the fact that this area is in dire need of attention. I hope to schedule a public/community cleanup day in the near future. If the city isn’t going to do it, then let the concerned citizens of Harrisburg spearhead the initiative and accomplish things.

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This is the back of a large TV sitting in the weeds along the sidewalk of the bridge.

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More trash sitting on the sidewalk.

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The concrete of the bridge has worn away exposing the rebar of the structure of the bridge.

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Not sure what kind of repair job this is. I wouldn’t be proud of this workmanship.

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A battery and cigarette butt.

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Steel plate placed over something with macadam holding it in place. Hope they don’t need easy access.

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Missing some rails in this section.

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A man pushing his bike through the weeds of the sidewalk. Doesn’t seem like a pleasant place to ride/walk.

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A vine growing through the side of the bridge breaking the concrete apart.

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An orange barrier sits along the intersection of Maclay and 7th Streets so that the bridge can be blocked off when the street floods.

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A fire hydrant sits among the weeds of Maclay Street.

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Weeds growing out of the concrete traffic island at Maclay and 7th Street making it difficult to see traffic coming from different directions.

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Trash along the sidewalk.

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Trash along the bridge near the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

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The sidewalk disappears below the weeds along the Maclay Street bridge near the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Makes for a difficult and unpleasant walk.

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Weeds and trash along the Maclay Street bridge.

View the entire Maclay Street Bridge photo set on Flickr.

Concrete City

Our second stop on our Pennsylvania photo trip was the Concrete City located near Nanticoke, Pennsylvania. This area was built in 1911 for the management of the local coal industry. The area was abandoned in 1924 and left to be reclaimed by nature. In 1998 the Concrete City was declared a historic site.

The site is often used for paintball games. In fact, there were quite a few people playing paintball when we arrived. They kindly stopped their game and notified others that we were there. If you are a photographer and looking for an end-of-the-world type of setting for a photo shoot, this is the place!

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Centralia, Pennsylvania

Over the weekend I had a chance to visit Centralia, Pennsylvania with some friends. Centralia is a town in the coal region of Pennsylvania has had a coal fire burning below it since 1962. Most of the residents have moved but some still remain.

More info on Centralia can be found through David Dekok’s website and books on the disaster. Wikipedia also has information on Centralia, Pennsylvania.

Interesting notes via Wikipedia:

  • The town of Centralia was featured in the episode “Engineering Disasters #7” of Modern Marvels on the History Channel.
  • The town was featured in episode #59, “Fire”, of the radio program This American Life.
  • The town was featured in an episode of Life After People: The Series on the History Channel. It was used as an example of what would happen to a town after twenty five years without humans.
  • The town is the inspiration for the 1991 cult film Nothing But Trouble, written by Dan Aykroyd.
  • In the 2006 horror film Silent Hill, the town of Silent Hill has been abandoned due to a prolonged mine fire, which writer Roger Avary says was inspired by Centralia.[16] Aspects of this are shown throughout the movie, such as characters wandering through the misty version of Silent Hill wearing mining gear.

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Vent pipes that vent gases from the mine fire burning below dot the landscape.

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Route 61.

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Politics in Centralia, Pennsylvania. A sign from the residents of Centralia to the Governor or Pennsylvania.

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Cemetery headstones visible beyond a wasteland landscape.

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S S Peter-Paul North Cemetery.

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St. Ignatius Cemetery.

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Old Route 61 which is abandoned and falling apart due to the coal fire burning beneath it.

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The coal fire burning below old Route 61 has destroyed the road surface.

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This pit outside the cemetery contains a crack that is smoking from the coal fire still burning since 1962.