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Old Posted Jul 23, 2013, 4:01 PM
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Death on The Ohio, Wheeling, WV

Wheeling, WV has been slowly dying since the 1940's when it had a population of 61,000, today the town is just 28,000 and shows no signs of turning around. Unfortunately, its home to some incredible history and very beautiful row homes. Some preservation and restorations have been done and the city is trying to capitalize on its rich history for tourism but much more will be lost in the coming decades. These are from yesterday, was there just for a few hours.






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Then here are some photos that I took yesterday in Washington County, PA, which is south of Pittsburgh and sits right next to West Virginia. There are dozens upon dozens of covered bridges all over the county, and the National Road cuts through it, so theres plenty of history and amazing late 18th century to early 19th century taverns and towns everywhere.


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Gorgeous!

And who designed that gothic building next to the Victoria theater? Looks like a Hale.
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WOW.

IMO "gorgeous" is actually an understatement...

This 'homogeneous heritage all around' character that I love so much is usually only present in cities that have been stagnating for decades (really logical and obvious in fact, when you think about it for a second...)

I hope Wheeling doesn't rebound, but stays afloat just enough so all that heritage gets preserved... 'cause if that town were to come back in a big way and boom, half the town's face would be different in a decade, and not for the better -- it would likely be bland and new...
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Wow, this place is gorgeous! It's so sad to see so much in disrepair.
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Wheeling almost feels like Cairo, Illinois which is like wheeling but on a much smaller scale.
Here's my thread on Cairo I posted a few years ago.

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I remember that Cairo thread, I was fascinated by it. I wiki'd the crap outta it afterwards.
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This is the same situation my own city found itself in back in the 1970's and 80's. our downtown had a vacancy rate of 90%, and some of the buildings that are now restored had collapsed except for their facades.

What turned us around? Gays and artists, and the happy coincidence of being a rare spot of high-quality urbanity in this particular part of Appalachia. Wheeling has great bones, but it's just a face in the crowd -- West Virginia and Pennsylvania are teeming with lovely, well-built towns, and it's going to be hard for Wheeling to market itself and tell people why it's better than all these others like Huntingon, Parkersburg, Charleston, and all the smallish cities of Western Pennsylvania. However, if Wheeling could make an effort to reach out to artists and the LGBT community it might be off to a good start. Being an oasis for tolerance is another reason my city was able to turn itself around.
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Gotta love photoLith with his wide-angle lens once more!

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One of my very good galpal's Dad lived on this block; we went to Wheeling for a weekend roadtrip - so much potential but whether that will be realized...

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More Washington County, please!
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Incredible building stock. I love Wheeling
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Amazing pictures! Thanks for sharing.

I like Wheeling. There are many interesting houses. I like the great variety of colours and different styles.

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Great stuff - thank you.
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Beautiful photos. That last one is a work of art. I wonder what the story is behind that half-painted building on the corner.
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This is the same situation my own city found itself in back in the 1970's and 80's. our downtown had a vacancy rate of 90%, and some of the buildings that are now restored had collapsed except for their facades.

What turned us around? Gays and artists, and the happy coincidence of being a rare spot of high-quality urbanity in this particular part of Appalachia. Wheeling has great bones, but it's just a face in the crowd -- West Virginia and Pennsylvania are teeming with lovely, well-built towns, and it's going to be hard for Wheeling to market itself and tell people why it's better than all these others like Huntingon, Parkersburg, Charleston, and all the smallish cities of Western Pennsylvania. However, if Wheeling could make an effort to reach out to artists and the LGBT community it might be off to a good start. Being an oasis for tolerance is another reason my city was able to turn itself around.
Something tells me that Wheeling is not ready to be an oasis of tolerance anytime soon, massive brain drain has left the town pretty well set in its ways.
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Wheeling has been on my to-do list for a long time now. Looking forward to it even more after seeing these photos. I'll get there within a year, guaranteed. Thanks for sharing these.
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Very cute buildings and great low down,wide angling stuff outta you.
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Something tells me that Wheeling is not ready to be an oasis of tolerance anytime soon, massive brain drain has left the town pretty well set in its ways.
Even Wheelingman has left Wheeling.
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It really is one of those stories about how a suburban shopping center (in Wheeling's case, a large mall to the west and a pseudo-lifestyle center to the east) can kill a downtown to the core. Such a shame.
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