Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Changing Landscapes

Newsweek has captured many of these changes in the latest edition. I intend to pursue photos of the more local in my community.



What strikes me most is the story I imagine behind this stark picture. The jobs lost, hundreds I would think, the rentals unpaid, the mental and emotional toll on the families affected.



This abandoned development in Florida tells the story of dashed dreams and lost opportunities. How long will it take for these houses to fold themselves back into the landscape?



And finally, this curved serene moonscape in Arizona, abandoned. Soon to be a blight on the landscape.

I'm left wondering why funds weren't allocated to plough these sad sites under with the prospect of arable land and the recently jobless workers gainfully trained and employed in small farming.

Surely this is a more pressing necessity with farmers now challenged with no funds for seeds for the planting season just ahead?

{All photos courtesy of Newsweek}

6 comments:

  1. Dramatic representations of the situation there, WWW.

    Oklahoma, I'm told, is always one of the last to feel these things, but one of the last to recover too. So we still await the worst of it still. We are a fairly poor state anyway, apart from a few oil millionaires here and there. Perhaps we won't notice it as keenly as some of the prosperous states are doing.

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  2. Our little tourist-retirement community has been in a recession for the last 50 years and so far not effected by the latest economic shenanigans.

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  3. we had a front-page story today about how traffic has gotten so much better because so many people are laid off and therefore not commuting to work.

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  4. T:
    I believe the impact on smaller places like Oklahoma (and Newfoundland) won't be as profound, especially if we plant some veggies!!
    XO
    WWW

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  5. GFB:
    How are you guys managing? Have you done a blog post on this? I'd be so interested!
    XO
    WWW

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  6. Laurie:
    funny that, I was thinking the same as I drove downtown yesterday! A positive spin-off effect!
    XO
    WWW

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