Featured Image – Sanzhi, Taïwan – by Alexander Synaptic.
There’s a certain kind of mystery that tickles our curiosity concerning an abandoned city. How has it deteriorated? Why? These places inspire us, they are like windows through time that tell us an ancient story. There are probably more abandoned cities than you’d think, here is a round-up of the most mysterious abandoned cities I could find.
The city of Gary, Indiana was founded as a booming steel city as the twentieth century passed. The population of Gary is 80,290, making it the ninth-largest city in the state of Indiana. Gary’s population has fallen by 55 percent from a peak of 178,320 in 1960. The population has risen and fallen with the state of the steel industry, leaving abandoned buildings in the city.
This church is both beautiful and in pitiful state. Because of one of the highest crime rate of Indiana, it was closed in the 1970s and has been vacant ever since.
Between 1900 and 1930, Detroit has grown tremendously. However, the entry of the U.S. into World War II brought many changes to the city. For over three years (1942-45), the production of commercial automobiles was entirely ceased; instead, all plants would build M5 Stuart tanks, military jeeps, and B-24 bombers for the use of the Allies. The decline of the city has not stopped since (read: Detroit’s bankruptcy follows decades of decay on Yahoo News).
Pripyat is an abandoned city in northern Ukraine. Close to the site of the infamous Chernobyl incident, the entire city had to be abandoned in 1986 due to nuclear radiation. Pripyat had a population of 49,360 before being evacuated after the nuclear disaster.
Sanzhi, New Taipei, Taïwan
Sanzhi is a rural district in the northern part of Taipei City. In 1978, a real estate developer decides to build a complex of upscale leisure in this city. But in the early 1980s, the lack of money cause the cessation of the construction. Original and futuristic, these homes UFOs of all colors are now prey to the bulldozers.