Monday, November 23, 2009

"Artfully Neglected"? "Painstakingly Partly-Restored"?


















What is this? Is it an aesthetic? A feeling? A look?

Does it have a name?










"Industrial meets nature"? "Semi crumbling post factory era"? "Quasi pre-gentrified slightly gritty small town"?














Possibly-abandoned brick buildings and possibly-wild rivers, lovely walking paths with cracks, cement with flowers forcing their way through. A feeling of safety in potentially hazardous surroundings: rust, rushing water, emptiness. A feeling of potential in what might be a dead end.


















I never really associated it with Connecticut. I thought it was a formerly important medium-sized city thing, a middle of nowhere plenty of space thing, a rust belt flyover region thing.

But...this is Putnam. Here it's just "quiet corner old mill town outdoorsy", or something. Whatever it is, I like it.

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