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  • Though rumor has it that this section of the city is on the cusp of gentrification, Pilsen is still largely a neighborhood of empty lots and boarded-up buildings, where gangs roam after midnight, and groups of men congregate on street corners to drink and carouse.

    American Grace

  • Bethel AME occupies an imposing, Gothic-style white stone building with a towering steeple that stands out amid the surrounding boarded-up brownstones, low-rise public housing, and crumbling, mostly vacant row houses.

    American Grace

  • For a newspaper photographer, he posed proudly in front of a boarded-up window next to his obliterated apartment building.

    Kill the Irishman

  • Every street has boarded-up, marked houses, and the city is hot and still.

    Exit the Actress

  • Despite the chipped paint, rotted boards, busted railings, and cracked, broken, or boarded-up windows, the houses stood like dignified street sentinels surrounded by ancient live oaks draped in the gray, ragged shawls of Spanish moss.

    Darkness Becomes Her

  • It was in the emotion of the place, the air of abandonment, the slight decay on everything, the wildness of the plants and trees, the haunted appearance that clung to the grand old houses, and the dark parts where light never reached—deep in the lost gardens, behind vacant lots, and beyond boarded-up windows.

    Darkness Becomes Her

  • Still, despite real advantages including a downtown riverfront and a good location not far from Chicago, South Bend by almost any measure—crime-plagued neighborhoods, boarded-up homes, people fleeing—is a challenged city.

    Democrats and Dying Cities

  • You can't walk down a street of its historic district without seeing signs — both literal and otherwise — for the Savannah College of Art and Design SCAD, a private university that since opening in 1979 has spread its wings over the old part of the city, buying and renovating many of the town's boarded-up gems: Victorians, Queen Annes and Romanesque Revivals, among them.

    Southern Revival

  • Now, you have boarded-up stores in neighborhoods in which young people have no hope of employment.

    Terry O'Neill: The Most Important Election of 2011: Mayor of Chicago

  • Lattes, book festivals, and high-end casualwear if you're lucky; pound shops, Ladbrokes and boarded-up businesses if you're not.

    The British high street: RIP


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