What an awesome an depressing website. I never realised Pitt had so much incredibly architecture. Reminds me of some of the ghetto hoods in beautiful st Louis. I was reading on his website you can buy some of those abandon properties for 4 grand. I could easily afford that, but then you invest probably an easy 100k restoring them unfortunately and that's why most will eventually be torn down
I don't see why developers though that háve that kinda cash don't invest in these amazing old buildings and restore them and then wait for the hood to improve and rent them or sell them for 200k or more.
And just why the hell can't we build large amounts of these kinds of buildings these days? If they were able to make such large amounts of beautiful artistic buildings 150 years ago than why can't we do it today with all of our technology? Stuff doesn't have to be hand crafted like it was but could be mass produced like with the sears homes of the 10s-40s. You could mass produce cornices and other ornementations easily from molds. Brick is cheap and sure it won't look as authentic as the bricks they made way back then but at least we could get the correct proportions right and detailing.