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Gary is littered with thousands of abandoned houses and empty lots where they once stood, as well as a few larger apartment complexes in the downtown area. Sandwiched between an equally large closed shop/office building and the remains of a car dealership which still displays a fantastic metal Plymouth/Dodge sign on the front wall are the crumbling relics of the Parry-Shaw Apartments. Once upon a time these would have been some of the most prized apartments in Gary, smack bang in the centre of the steel city but as with all of Gary's decline, white flight brought rapid de-population and these apartment blocks were left abandoned. I first explored this place last year but didn't take many photos - along with a second apartment block called the Ambassador which is hands down the most dangerous, unstable place I have ever explored. In the last couple of months the entire road the Ambassador Apartments are on has been shut off and the whole building fenced off due to serious concerns about the building's stability. The whole top floor is bowing outwards and large parts of the exterior brickwork have already fallen to the ground. But I digress. Other than a slightly dodgy staircase this one is nice and stable and very photogenic, it's interesting seeing how all the different apartments have faired over the years. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/albums/72157659204910009
Pripyat is a ghost town in northern Ukraine, near the border with Belarus. Named after the nearby Pripyat River, Pripyat was founded on 4 February 1970, the ninth nuclear city in the Soviet Union, for the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. It was officially proclaimed a city in 1979, and had grown to a population of 49,360 before being evacuated a few days after the 26 April 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Though Pripyat is located within the administrative district of Ivankiv Raion, the abandoned city now has a special status within the larger Kiev Oblast (province), being administered directly from Kiev. Pripyat is also supervised by Ukraine's Ministry of Emergencies, which manages activities for the entire Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. We took a look around in some of the apartment blocks, there were some random bits of furniture here and there but mostly empty flats rotting away. The real highlight was the view from the rooftops overlooking the silent town of Pripyat with the Chernobyl power plant in the background. It's a spectacle that you will never forget, a town once home to 50,000 people now overgrown with trees and nothing but the whistling of the wind to break the silence. Well, with the exception of us burping, farting, laughing and swearing for three days Took these pictures from two different rooftops. Saw a few of these paintings dotted around Trashed flat with bits of furniture Piano in a flat The hospital with the sarcophagus covering reactor 4 in the background More artwork The ferris wheel in the distance One of the tallest buildings in Pripyat, it was from here that people watched the multicoloured plume of burning blue, yellow and green fire from the reactor light up the night sky, unaware they were receiving a potentially lethal dose of radiation. Power plant covered with a sarcophagus to contain the mess Throughout Eastern Europe symbols of the Soviet Union have been torn down, but in Pripyat, where the year is still 1986, the wreathed hammer, sickle and star of the USSR still adorns buildings (on the left of shot). Looking down The sunset Empty streets Thanks for looking