Most major conurbations in the developed world pride themselves on continually updating their built environment, whether it is through urban renewal programs or through the process of creative destruction, which reinvents certain areas (such as the demolition of old factories for a new planned residential development). In this process, individuals may forget about these seemingly obsolete structures and locales. This is certainly not the case for one Paul Talling, a Londoner who has taken upon himself to document these derelict areas. The site is divided into sections that include waterways, pubs, vehicles, graffitti, toilets, and shops, and eighteen others. One rather curious section is devoted to a recently abandoned greyhound racing track located in southeast London, and is certainly worth a look. The section on hospitals is also quite nice, as it features some rather intriguing photographs of various obsolete hospitals, such as the infamous Hackney Hospital and the South London Hospital for Women.


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