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Explorations On December 27, 2016

Bootleg Racing and the West Virginia Motor Speedway

Once considered outdated and redneck, dirt oval racetracks have made a resurgence across the rural swaths of America. With unending regulations and expensive fares making it hard to justify trips to a NASCAR race track, local dirt track racing has come back full throttle. There are exceptions.

Explorations On December 14, 2016

East Liverpool, Ohio

East Liverpool, Ohio is the classic definition of the Rust Belt. Historically, it was referred to as the the “Crockery City” and “Pottery Capital of the World” due to a large number of potteries in the region.

Explorations On September 1, 2016

The Dennison

When the Dennison Hotel on Main Street in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio closed in 2011, it marked the end of a hoteling era. The single room occupancy extended stay facility once competed with the Browne Hotel, Fort Washington Hotel, Fountain Square Hotel, and others — all of which are long closed and demolished.

Explorations On August 21, 2016

Another Dying Mall: Century III

America is not unique in having desolate shopping malls, but the sheer number of underperforming, closed, and abandoned malls should give cause for alarm, including Century III Mall near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Explorations On May 22, 2015

Onward to Cleveland

Exploring a temple, observatory and factory en route to Cleveland, Ohio is a good way to cap off a trip to the Rust Belt.

In Focus On February 12, 2015

Valley View General Store

An old general store in the remote settlement of Valley View, Kentucky has been closed for some years. What surprised me was who lived inside of it.

Explorations On January 16, 2015

The Decline of Shopping Malls

The American retail landscape is changing. The love affair with the enclosed shopping center peaked about a decade ago and has been waning as consumers seek out revitalized urban centers and mixed-use retail, office and residential developments.

Explorations On December 30, 2014

Westland Mall

Westland Mall is a relic of my childhood memories: of the beige floor tiles, the brown-tinted lamps and the olden storefronts. It’s also nearly abandoned.