Abandoned, unused, disintegrating — and starkly beautiful

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Grant Scott-Goforth

Downtowner Motel

Pictures of decay — abandoned structures slumping to ground, engulfed in flora or proudly, rustily erect — are a trope now, but that's OK. They're fascinating. They combine history, our reverence of engineering feats, our fears of death and erasure. We get…

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