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Allentown State Hospital is Closing

January 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Jan 29, 2010

Pennsylvania Acting Secretary of Public Welfare Harriet Dichter announced the shutting down of the nearly one-hundred year-old institution. The hospital will remain open until December 31, but most patients are expected to be transferred by the end of July.

“We don’t have a lot of property left in Allentown so this does open up some significant development opportunities,” the mayor said, “We’re going to look for the silver lining in this as much as we can.”

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Reading Post Wins Photo Copyright Fight

January 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Although this is a U.K. article, I found it interesting and relevant to the U.S. Urban Exploring community …don’t you wonder how this would be handled here?

Jan 29, 2010

Thames Valley police pointed journalists at the Reading Post towards photographs on an “urban exploration” website that showed people inside some of the city’s derelict buildings. The police said they wanted to trace those involved to investigate whether criminal damage had been committed. And the paper reproduced seven images.

The photographer reading the article was unhappy and invoiced them £495 for the use of his work, and took them to court. The judge dismissed the claim, on the grounds that the photographer was “promoting and encouraging” illegal and potentially dangerous activity.

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Categories: Urban Exploration

Thrills Inviting, But Ask For Permission

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Jan 29, 2010

Urban exploring affords its practitioners the rush of adrenalin, the mystery, the dangers surmounted and the sensory rewards experienced while navigating the vestiges of our industrial past. UE is both an exciting and a risky pastime.

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Categories: Urban Exploration

Urban Explorers Find Adventure in Abandoned History

January 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Jan 24, 2010

Ryan Ademan remembers the thrill he felt as a child playing in the abandoned R.F. Simmons Co. factory in the Attleboro neighborhood off North Main Street where he grew up.

Ademan is an “urban explorer” and Ademan is not his real last name. But it is the one he uses on his urban exploring Web site called Abandoned Dreams, where he posts photographs of abandoned buildings and other structures he has visited all over New England and the Northeast.

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Followup: Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital Fire

January 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Jan 23, 2010

Township officials say the fire that destroyed a cottage at the former Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital site, likely caused by a negligent trespasser or arsonist, underscores the need for the state to either address safety issues there or sell it to the township.

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Judi Chamberlin Fought for Rights for Mental Health Patients Passes Away

January 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Jan 26, 2010

Judi Chamberlin, whose involuntary confinement in a mental hospital in the 1960s propelled her into a lifelong leading role in the movement to guarantee basic human rights to psychiatric patients, died on Jan. 16 at her home in Arlington, Mass. She was 65.

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Categories: State Hospital

Central State Hospital’s Powell Building Closing

January 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Jan 20, 2010

The Powell Building at Central State Hospital will be emptied out within six weeks.

The Powell Building is the large white building that sits atop the pecan grove on Central State Hospital’s campus. The building is home to the hospital’s administrators and support staff, as well as roughly 200 employees who work in the adult psychiatric division who will relocate to other buildings on campus.

The building will be vacated and mothballed.

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