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Social obsolescence in action

24 January 2012

Derek Thomson

Detroit metal destroying Detroit metal

This trailer for a Sundance documentary is a perfect example of the ultimate consequence of the social obsolescence of buildings.  With the failure of industry and with the building artefacts of that industry (let alone the land they sit on) havingabsolutely no monetary value to their owners (and, indeed, with their owners now absent in many cases), is this semi-organised metal theft or the death-throws of an industrialised nation?  Nothing drives the point home quite like this.

Source: The New York Times

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