Tuesday, March 26, 2013

[Suburbia Lost] Buffet Style Restaurant - Sharonville



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America has a love affair with buffet style restaurants, but who can blame us? One flat fee, all the delicious food you can eat, subtle elevator music to set the mood, and all under the veil of an authentic cultural experience. You can find buffets everywhere in suburbia, even when they're abandoned.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

[Suburbia Lost] Porsche Dealership - Springdale



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This past Sunday I was driving home from work. As I merged onto the highway, my 1996 Geo Prizm known as the "Mean 'Geo' Okerlund" started making a strange vibrating noise. "Fuck, I'll have to get that looked at this week," I thought to myself. Next thing I know, there's a loud bang and the check engine light is on. Then the car stalled out as I swerved over to the emergency lane. The tow truck came and the Geo was pronounced dead having thrown a rod in the engine. So I'm now in the market for a new car. I can't afford a Porsche, but even if I could - I wouldn't be able to buy it at this shuttered dealership in Springdale.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Enemy of the State?




A report from the "National Counterterrorism Center" states: Urban Explorers (UE)—hobbyists who seek illicit access to transportation and industrial facilities in urban areas—frequently post photographs, video footage, and diagrams on line that could be used by terrorists to remotely identify and surveil potential targets. Advanced navigation and mapping technologies, including three dimensional modeling and geo-tagging, could aid terrorists in pinpointing locations in dense urban environments. Any suspicious UE activity should be reported to the nearest State and Major Area Fusion Center and to the local FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Given the places I've been to and photographed, does that make me an enemy of the state?

Full report here.

Monday, March 18, 2013

The "Ghost Ship"



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The slow, choppy waters erratically splash up against the obstruction - an off beat rhythm banging into an island of rusted steel. As the Ohio River flows towards the Mississippi, its waters lazily make their way through the American midwest. Roughly 25 miles downstream from Cincinnati, some of the water diverts to a gap on the southern shore into a creek and up against a ship that seems to have docked for the last time. It's a vessel that fought in two World Wars, served as a yacht, set the scene in a pop star's music video, carried one of the world's greatest minds, and shuttled tourists around the nation's largest city - all before it found itself left to be forgotten by time and history in the murky waters.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

[Suburbia Lost] Captain D's - Sharonville



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The people of this nation deserve "freshly prepared seafood at reasonable prices," or so goes the credo on Captain D's website. Unfortunately for those who live near this former seafood eatery on Chester Rd. in Sharonville, they'll have to travel the seven seas a little further these days to get the captain's freshest catch and his corporate branding.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Stabbed With a Fork Near What Used to be Sea World



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- Approaching abandoned Geauga Lake. Ronny Salerno

This Golden Corral was the most depressing restaurant I had ever been in. Yet, as he pulled the fork from his arm and drew blood, Dane's jovial laughter was like a breeze of happiness flowing through a dining room of frowns.  We were near what used to be Sea World, except now it was solely just Geauga Lake Amusement Park. That was 2006, and my first trip to the now half-shuttered amusement park. The next time I'd be back, seven years later, most of the "amusement" would be gone. A park with a colorful history, born from the lake and abandoned by corporate giants.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Film: Seriously, It's Not Hard



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- Film, yum. Shot near 9th and Race. Cameron Knight

I'm new here at QCD, and you may have noticed my photos have been shot on film. People talk about shooting film like it's coke habit. Expensive, unpredictable and harmful to your libido. I beg to differ. 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Lockland and Seth Foster



- The seemingly bombed out Stearns and Foster factory in Lockland, Ohio. Cameron Knight

Let's start at the beginning. In 1830, the automobile hadn't been invented, steam locomotives were just taking hold on the East Coast, and the first electric motor was only ten years old. So presumably on a horse or on foot, a 16-year-old Seth Foster left Boone County, Kentucky to come to Cincinnati. In 1830, our fair city was home to around 24,000 people according the census and the population was exploding.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Tower Place Mall: An Ugly View of Commerce With a Great View of the City



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- Empty storefronts and an empty food court at Tower Place Mall in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. At the time these photographs were made, a sole fast food restaurant was the only remaining tenant. Ronny Salerno

If you've ever seen the 1978 horror classic Dawn of the Dead, then you'll feel right at home in Tower Place Mall. Like the setting of George Romero's zombie thriller, this mall is void of people and life. Unlike the film though, the living dead aren't hiding around the corners. Yet, the eerily quiet environment of the mall's promenade is indicative of the film. Dawn of the Dead was more than just a mindless action flick though, it featured a great deal of social commentary regarding modern consumerism at a time when downtown department stores were fleeing for suburban malls all across the United States. Tower Place was an attempt to bring retail back into the city's core, but ultimately the trends of both the urban and suburban environments have left it virtually abandoned.