Wednesday, November 03, 2004

In an attempt to make the post-election teethgnashing a bit easier to handle (for myself, if nobody else), here's something pretty damned cool:

Take only pictures, leave only footprints.That's the urban explorer motto.

The exceptions are small artifacts, like the Fort Shelby's reservation cards or pieces of wallpaper. They would be committed to ruin otherwise.

"By taking these artifacts out and taking photographs, that ensures that it'll be around as long as we're around," Tantalo says.

Inside the Fort Shelby on the recent Sunday, the group found notes with phone messages and hotel keys still in cubby holes, behind the front desk. They ventured into the handful of crumbling and empty ballrooms on the first floor, then headed upstairs to the more than 20 floors of hotel rooms. Forging up a narrow stairwell near the fourth floor, they noticed that entire walls are missing, completely removed by looters seeking bathroom fixtures and piping.

Urban spelunking in Detroit (apparently the #1 place in the country for finding cool abandoned buildings to wander around in). So, yeah, okay, everybody head for the Motor City and get yourself some exploring.

And, hey, that makes me think about city nicknames. Living in Jet City now, used to live in the Brass City, have spent lotsa time in the Big Apple, have visited the Big Easy, Motor City & Silicon Valley. What other good city nicknames are there? Post a comment, y'all.

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