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Old Posted Apr 20, 2017, 6:41 PM
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It's akin to ISIS destroying ancient religious temples and cultural artifacts in the middle east. Just not out of spite and ignorance, rather out of indifference and ignorance.
Not that it is an excuse, because we should be better than that, but how much of that would you say is because of the relative young history of the country? How many generations until something is truly historic? Did people in the late 19th century care about preservation? Or were the buildings just utilitarian until they became historic? Makes you wonder what historic gems would still be around, but disappeared before anyone had the ability to truly capture it.

I'd also say that along with indifference, some of it comes down to priorities. I think everyone would prefer to keep the historic integrity of their communities, if it was zero-sum. But when you have dying mill towns in Appalachia that are never going to recover, have inflated unemployment and vast under-education for an economy that has made generational trades/skill obsolete and are swept up in heroin addictions, it's probably tough to galvanize the communities to save structures that will be historic 70 years after their kids overdose.

Not saying I agree with that mentality, and that is probably one of the reasons neighborhoods fail to begin with, but I understand how it gets to that point.
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The only churches which stand a fighting chance into the future when Christianity, especially Catholicism and Orthodoxy largely dies out in America are the most beautiful cathedrals and churches located in big cities. Unfortunately, even if a church is preserved and used for something else the Catholic Church usually takes out all the artwork and stained glass windows, so they lose all their majesty even if the exteriors are preserved. It's been projected that Christianity will largely be non existent in America by 2100, hopefully by then they wisen up and preserve these places. I'm hoping that eventually production of materials becomes so cheap via printing that these places can be recreated or easily preserved once humanity ascends into some Star Trek like future where money no longer exists, and society is largely freed from work. For the time being, more and more history will be lost in America and there's not much we can do about it, except take photos before they are lost.
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A couple more photos from the Erie churches from last week.

AF5_0050 by photolitherland, on Flickr

AF5_0033 by photolitherland, on Flickr

AF5_1564-2 by photolitherland, on Flickr
And then the abandoned St. Stephens Catholic Church in the town of McKeesport southeast of Pittsburgh from just a few hours ago. McKeesport is a former steel mill town thats been decimated. This church has been abandoned since the early 90s or so after it became briefly an African American Baptist Church. Theres a black Jesus painted on the back of the church. About a year ago a lot the historic pews with Polish names written on them got ripped out and the stained glass windows were broken apart and probably stolen, as well as about 10 rows of pews in the back. The churches floors have began to quickly deteriorate and collapse into the basement. Theres also massive holes in the roof. Its only a matter of time before the roof collapses.
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