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August 30, 2010 Leave a comment

August 29, 2010

Dr. William Decker, who wrote, ‘Northern Michigan Asylum: A History of the Traverse City State Hospital’ will be signing books August 31st at Traverse City at Cuppa Joe in Building 50 from 9:00 to 10:30 am and 4:00 to 6:00 pm at Horizon Books, 243 E. Front St.

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Urban Explorer Dies

August 27, 2010 Leave a comment

August 24, 2010

An Urban Explorer from Middlesbrough named Jim Smith, 30, also known as Solomon, fell to his death from his fifth floor balcony while on business in Bangkok. So sad.

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State to Close Dorothea Dix State Hospital

August 25, 2010 Leave a comment

August 25, 210

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has decided to close Dorothea Dix State Hospital by the end of the year and transfer its patients. This decision comes two days after having one of the longest wait times in the state.

Dix opened in 1856. So far, no decisions have been made about what to do with the campus.

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Palladium Boots Films Johnny Knoxville

August 23, 2010 Leave a comment

August 20, 2010

Palladium has chosen Johnny Knoxville to premiere in their latest advertising campaign in Detroit. The brand has created a series of Exploration campaigns exploring and documenting hidden and abandoned urban places in search of unique stories.

Palladium was founded in 1920 to make aircraft tires for the aviation industry. In 1947, after the end of WWII saw demand for tires dry up, Palladium turned to making rubber and canvas boots including the classic canvas Pampa boot. The sturdy boots for men and women sell for $50 to $275.

Watch the video here.

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Dereliction of Beauty

August 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Beauty In Decay is an Urban Exploration photography coffee-table book comprised of locations in the UK. Check it out.

Just who decides which doors are closed in our world and whose interests do they serve? Do we wish to be kept in the dark, permanently safe, free from either harm or adventure?

For all of us there is a deep attraction to be found in opening these doors. They open a rift in our collected experiences and throw new light on the boundaries we’ve all been forced to accept. There is only one way to find out what’s hidden behind these barriers. Sit back, hold on and surrender to your imagination as we unlock the door to an extraordinary unseen world of beauty in decay.

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Matt McDonough Visits Mental Asylums

August 19, 2010 Leave a comment

August 19, 2010

When the photographer Matt McDonough, 26, began exploring abandoned mental asylums he sought to transcend the architectural mystique. McDonough is drawn to the peeling paint and crazy colors and looked for details hinting at the kind of lives that had once lived there.

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Preservation of Lynnewood Hall

August 19, 2010 Leave a comment

August 18, 2010

Historic Lynnewood Hall, once home to the Widener family, is an object of passion for Stephen Barron Jr. who has been working to save it. When he was a student at Widener University his father lost his job but scholarships were made available to him through endowments by the Wideners. Barron also got involved because of his involvement in urban exploration. The house was used in the filming of the 1949 film adaptation of The Great Gatsby.

He has been in communication with the current owner of the property, Richard Yoon, to find effective use of the land to generate money to renovate the mansion which would cost upwards of about twenty-five million dollars.

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