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  • Photos Of Sochi Looking Like A Ghost City One Month After The Olympics

    03/26/2014 10:47:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/26/2014 | Tony Manfred
    The future of the Sochi Olympic venues is unclear. Alexander Valov, a Russian reporter for BlogSochi, visited Sochi's "coastal cluster" — a site that includes six venues, the Olympic Village, and the Olympic Park, all built from scratch on an undeveloped plot of land — and he took some eerie photos this week. He called the area around the Olympic Village "Dead City." The photos are a reminder that much of what was built for the Olympics has no long-term use. While a few arenas and other buildings have plans going forward — the media center is being turned into...
  • Town of Seneca goes viral after listed on Craigslist for sale

    12/06/2013 12:08:06 PM PST · by Utilizer · 30 replies
    Plumas County News ^ | 12/6/2013 | Samantha P. Hawthorne
    Surrounded by fire-worn trees and beautiful mountains lies the deserted town of Seneca — a historic miner’s retreat that has recently gone up for sale. The town, which was surrounded by flames from the Chips Fire a little over a year ago, is an unincorporated community in Plumas County that was founded in 1851 after gold was discovered in the area. With dreams of riches, people flocked to the area and the town quickly grew to more than 1,000 residents. According to an engraved bronze plaque located inside the town, 500 of the residents were Chinese miners who earned 10...
  • After 25 years under water, ghost town comes up for air in Argentina

    05/10/2013 4:35:13 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 11 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 10, 2013, 10:41 AM | AP
    EPECUEN, Argentina A strange ghost town that spent a quarter century under water is coming up for air again in the Argentine farmlands southwest of Buenos Aires. Epecuen was once a bustling little lakeside resort, where 1,500 people served 20,000 tourists a season. During Argentina's golden age, the same trains that carried grain to the outside world brought visitors from the capital to relax in Epecuen's saltwater baths and spas. ... Then a particularly heavy rainstorm followed a series of wet winters, and the lake overflowed its banks on Nov. 10, 1985. Water burst through a retaining wall and spilled...
  • The World's biggest mall a China 'ghost town'

    03/05/2013 3:08:52 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | 03/05/2013
    Dongguan, China (CNN) -- They built it, but the shoppers didn't come. New South China Mall in Guangdong Province opened in 2005. With 5 million square feet of shopping area, the mall can accommodate 2,350 stores, making it the largest shopping center in the world in terms of leasable space -- more than twice the size of Mall of America, the biggest shopping center in the United States. At the outdoor plaza, hundreds of palm-trees blend with a replica Arc de Triomphe, a giant Egyptian sphinx, fountains and long-stretching canals with gondolas. Only problem is, the mall is virtually deserted....
  • Modern Ruins of Euro-Socialism's Rot: 8 Years Later, Athens Olympic Venues in Decay

    08/04/2012 1:56:54 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    AP ^ | August 3, 2012 | ELENA BECATOROS
    8 Years Later, Athens Olympic Venues in Decay There's still one group that loves the training pool for athletes at the former Olympic village in Athens' northern fringe. Frogs. They appear to delight in sitting on debris that floats on the half-filled pool's murky waters. The athletes village itself has fared somewhat better, turned into housing for workers. Eight years after the 2004 Athens Games, many of the Olympic venues Greece built at great expense remain abandoned or rarely used. They are the focus of great public anger as the country struggles through a fifth year of recession and nearly...
  • Why has China built a ghost town in Africa?

    07/04/2012 7:09:32 AM PDT · by traumer · 29 replies
    Nova Cidade de Kilamba has 750 eight-storey blocks of apartments But it has no residents, and the £75,000 cost is too much for slum-dwellers Fears the £2.2billion project, built in three years, could lay empty for years Just a fraction of the billions China has poured into Africa in recent years It was supposed to be a state-of-the-art city for 500,000 - but eerie footage shows how a Chinese-built urbanisation is at risk of becoming Africa's first 'ghost town'. Constructed on the outskirts of Angola's capital city Luanda, Nova Cidade de Kilamba has 750 eight-storey blocks of flats, a dozen...
  • Mo‘ynaq – Graveyard of Ships in the Desert (Uzbekistan)

    05/27/2012 8:30:55 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies
    Kuriositas ^ | Saturday, 26 May 2012 | Kuriositas
    Mo‘ynaq – Graveyard of Ships in the Desert Many have visited an abandoned city and wondered what catastrophic event could have caused such an exodus from a metropolis once so evidently thriving. Yet these cities are usually hundreds if not thousands of years old, the everyday clamor and cry of civilization just an echo. Visit Mo'ynaq in Uzbekistan, however, and you can see apocalypse right here, right now. The Soviet era sign still welcomes people to the city. Yet there are few visitors who stay more than a few hours. They all leave after they have done looking at what...
  • After 50 Years, Fire Still Burns Under Pennsylvania Town (Centralia, PA - Ghost Town)

    05/26/2012 9:18:07 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    Fort Wayne Journal Gazette ^ | May 25, 2012 | Michael Rubinkam
    After 50 years, fire still burns under Pa. town (A motorist in 2004 drives among the smoldering remains of land near Route 61 in Centralia, Pa. AP file photo) Fifty years ago Sunday, a fire at the town dump ignited an exposed coal seam, setting off a chain of events that eventually led to the demolition of nearly every building in Centralia — a whole community of 1,400 simply gone. All these decades later, the Centralia fire still burns. It also maintains its grip on the popular imagination, drawing visitors from around the world who come to gawk at twisted,...
  • Hobbs picked for high-tech 'ghost town'(NM)

    05/09/2012 12:20:38 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 22 replies
    KRQE News 13, ABQ ^ | Tuesday, 08 May 2012 | Kim Vallez
    ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The site of a new ghost town in New Mexico has been chosen, and it will bring hundreds of new jobs to the state. The research firm Pegasus Global Holdings announced today that Hobbs is the best place for the state-of-the-art project. It will create a $1 billion site about the size of a town of 35,000 people complete with homes, streets and businesses but no residents. Instead of being a place to live, it will be used for scientists to test renewable energy innovations, traffic systems, next-generation wireless networks and smart-grid security systems. The company said...
  • New York electric bills to soar 12%

    04/01/2011 8:41:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 64 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 1, 2011 | BILL SANDERSON
    New Yorkers are about to get zapped on their electric bills. Starting May 28, households in the five boroughs will be socked with rate increases of up to 12 percent to run appli ances -- after the feds de cided that power companies needed an extra $500 million a year, The Post has learned. And that's on top of another 4 percent state-OK'd Con Ed rate hike that kicks in today. A typical apartment resident's electric bill of $74 -- based on 250 kilowatt hours of power each month -- will go up to $86, or $12 more than last...
  • Recession Turns Malls Into Ghost Towns

    05/23/2009 9:40:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies · 1,718+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/22/2009 | KRIS HUDSON and VANESSA O'CONNELL
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Malls, those ubiquitous shopping meccas that sprang up in the 1950s, are dwindling in number, with many struggling properties reduced to largely vacant shells. On the low-income east side of Charlotte, N.C., the 1.1-million-square-foot Eastland Mall recently lost a slew of key tenants, including a Dillard's and, next month, a Sears. Sales per square foot at the venue fell to $210 in 2008 from $288 in 2001. The Metcalf South Shopping Center in Overland Park, Kan., is languishing after plans to redevelop it into an open-air shopping district fizzled. The stretch of shops that connects two largest...
  • On the Ground: U.S., Iraqi Forces Transform ‘Ghost Town’

    02/10/2009 4:01:20 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 233+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2009 – Iraqi and U.S. forces are improving the quality of life in Iraq, in some cases, one village at a time. Army Pfc. Lukas Couvaras looks on from a distance as a school containing explosive devices is destroyed in Amugaten, Iraq, Feb. 7, 2009, as part of an Iraqi-U.S. mission to clear the village of explosives. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Opal Vaughn  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The combined forces focused recent efforts near Tikrit, northwest of Baghdad, where they transformed a former “ghost town” into a viable community and are preparing to...
  • DHP Review: Ghost Town (movie review)

    09/22/2008 1:31:32 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 2 replies · 151+ views
    dirtyharrysplace.com ^ | September 22nd, 2008 | Dirty Harry
    DHP Review: Ghost Town I dare anyone to see the splendid new romantic comedy Ghost Town and imagine an actor other than Ricky Gervais in the lead role as Bertrum Pincus, a Manhattan-based dentist so desperate to remain indifferent to the human race he chooses cruelty over contact. Without Gervais the movie had no chance. No one else could get away with playing such a thoroughly unlikable character, and without that character Ghost Town would be pure vanilla instead of what it is, the best romantic comedy to come out in years. In screenplay parlance it’s called saving he cat...
  • Grizzled Nevada Sentinel Watches as Town Withers

    06/26/2004 7:54:43 AM PDT · by BluegrassScholar · 10 replies · 186+ views
    The New York Times ^ | June 26, 2004 | Charlie LeDuff
    GOLDFIELD, Nev. - Hank Dahlstrom is a relic, a crosspatch, a hermit. At 77, he is not an attractive man. He smells like a train yard hobo. He chews cigars. He appears to bathe in motor oil. He has long ears and hair in strange places. He has dirt in his nails and is pestered by flies. His vocabulary is coarse, and he would be happy if outsiders never showed their faces in these parts. Mr. Dahlstrom has a wife, but he chooses not to live at home. Instead, he sleeps on a soiled cot in the back room of...