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Gilroy Stadium

Posted by on June 14, 2012 at 9:24 am
Gilroy Stadium

Photo: A stadium doomed from the very beginning. Sports play a quintessential role in experiencing the American Dream. On the field, court, track, pool or rink is where our heroes are born. It is a place where even those coming from less than ideal circumstances can rise above their social station. These venues are secular […]

Ravenswood Hospital

Posted by on November 22, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Photo (source): Ravenswood Hospital as it appeared in 1945. The American healthcare system is for profit. American citizens’ health, safety, and well-being are managed by large companies looking to stay in the black. The other democracies and various forms of government in industrialized nations have recognized the danger that this poses to general public. While […]

Emerson School

Posted by on July 13, 2011 at 11:35 am

Photo (source): Emerson School as it appeared when it opened in 1909. Americans constantly grapple with the best methods to educate children to become good citizens that contribute positively to society. Determining which facts, figures, names, dates, tests, benchmarks and statistics are significant is a battle waged on both ends of the ideological spectrum. Somewhere […]

Edgewater Medical Center

Posted by on February 16, 2011 at 2:14 pm
Edgewater Medical Center

Photo: Edgewater Medical Center looms over the bustling neighborhood. When an animal in the wild suffers from some genetic or incidental malady the results are often fatal. Years of natural selection from generation to generation insure that only those who are best suited to survive in their environments will continue to survive. One of the […]

Barber-Colman Factory

Posted by on December 23, 2010 at 7:14 pm
Fabrik

The abandoned 65-acre Barber-Colman factory complex is a sprawling 795,000 square foot facility that is currently under demolition by the city of Rockford, Illinois. When I first discovered the site I had no idea that it had such an engaging history. Many of the things we consider modern conveniences were developed by the man who […]

Horace Mann High School

Posted by on August 29, 2010 at 7:18 pm
Front Doors

Photo: The main entrance to Horace Mann High School boarded up. The now abandoned Horace Mann High School served the Gary community from 1928 to 2004. ┬áThe building takes its namesake from the progressive education reformer Horace Mann who advocated many of the things taken for granted in modern schools. As editor of the Common […]

City Methodist Church

Posted by on August 16, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Photo: City United Methodist Church around 1955 (source). Photo: Current view of City Methodist Church. Gary City Methodist is described in it’s own history as an imperfect house of God. The cornerstone was laid in 1925, but rising building costs caused plans to change during construction. The US Steel corporation donated 50% of the $650,000 […]

Armour Meat Processing Plant

Posted by on June 11, 2010 at 3:15 pm
Armour

In American public schools Henry Ford gets credited with inventing the assembly line. He’s touted as an American hero for figuring out that dividing labor into small specialized tasks could maximize output and drive down production cost. If you believe this story, you are complicit with the oversimplification of American history. By his own words, […]

Solvay Coke & Gas

Posted by on May 5, 2010 at 7:25 pm
Solvay Coke & Gas

The Solvay Coke & Gas plant sits in a prime real-estate area of Milwaukee. The plant originally opened in 1906 and closed its doors in April, 1983. Plans to demolish the expansive site have been in the works for years, but the intensive cleanup efforts mandated by the EPA have put this plant in limbo. […]

Peter Cooper Glue Factory

Posted by on May 1, 2010 at 11:48 pm
Peter Cooper Glue Factory

Have you ever eaten Jell-O? If the answer is yes, then Peter Cooper has been a part of your life. New York-based industrialist Peter Cooper received a patent for gelatin in 1845. He is also known for his other major contributions to American history. He also designed the first steam locomotive in the United States. […]