This particular neighborhood I have been keeping tabs on since June of this year. In total, I have made five visits to the community. As of this writing, not much as has changed. Brown tarps covered a few buildings, but mostly the empty houses and businesses, and church are locked up. Eventually, red spray paint will mark the empty buildings, windows smashed out, and doors pried open, making accessibility easier.
In a previous post, our group was fortunate enough to get into an old house. Inside the residence, we found a bizarre juxtaposition of religiosity and threatening militaristic imagery. The skull and crossbones motifs were cool by themselves, something you’d see on a Motörhead or Discharge album cover, but combined with evangelical sentiments makes it seem the former residents were members of a death cult.
In late September, my wife and I visited and took pictures of the area. Most of the images in this set were shot on expired Portra 400 VC 220 film with a Fujifilm GA645zi rangefinder camera; there are a few 35mm shots that sneak in this post as well.
The highlight of this particular visit were meeting so many amiable cats! We had to pop into the local convenience store to meet their needs/demands.