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The Consistant Decay In The United States

Updated on April 6, 2017

Urban Decay In The United States

Shut Down Stores

Boarded Windows And Chained Up Doors

Urban Rot And Blight Across The Land

Currently in the United States many find themselves fully surrounded by the rapid deterioration and dilapidated conditions of the environment around them. A previously well functioning city or part of a city has fallen deep into disrepair and utter decreptitude. In fact, the same convenience store that a man normally frequented only last week for the morning cup of coffee and newspaper has officially shut down. The doors are locked with a log chain, windows are boarded with plywood, and a note on the door reads, "sorry for any inconvenience." A lady visits the usual pharmacy each month to refill prescription drugs, whenever one day she pulls her car into an empty parking lot, a dark building with boarded up windows, and she wonders if perhaps she has accidentally turned into the wrong place. There are no single causes for this type of urban decay but, there are many factors involved. Some common factors that typically come into play are de-industrialization, high crime rates, political disenfranchisement, high local unemployment, depopulation, or change in the population. Others to consider are often major structure changes in global economies or significant changes in government policies. Presently in the United States the manufacturing industry drives the economies for the major cities. In fact, during the industrial revolution, from the late eighteenth to early nineteenth century. Many rural families relocated from the countryside lifestyle to an inner city lifestyle for employment in the manufacturing industry. This in turn created an economic boom for the cities, but continued changes in economic activities have left the major cities economically vulnerable. Some examples include the General Motors boom then bust in Detroit, Michigan or the boom then bust in the many steel factories located in the northern regions of America. After a boom then bust scenario takes place the drastic effects begin to take place in the civilization. First the increase of city taxes takes place that commonly encourages large flocks of residents to move elsewhere. Painful financial cut backs are made in police and fire services. Many times the riots will pursue and typically flourish abundantly. Social conditions become very dangerous to communities because they attract mostly criminals and street gangs. A steep increase in drug and sex trafficking is witnessed. The degradation of the urban area is fully developing by this point and many districts of the city become similar to slums. Fragmented families blossom, while empty lots, abandoned buildings, and condemned homes sprout up swiftly throughout the land. A desolate and inhospitable city landscape now lies before your very eyes.

Abandoned Buildings Cover The Landscape

Rightful Owner Has Officially Left The State

No Employees Nor Customers Inside

The many abandoned businesses that include hotels, retail stores, and restaurants. Presently it is considered a bizarre epidemic that is rapidly unfolding before millions of citizens living in the United States. Often times the sign on the front door says "Open" but, there is absolutely no employees nor customers inside the facility. A great multitude of various buildings have been deemed abandoned and found in a particular condition that apparently suggests that the true owner has officially left the state. Normally the rightful owner has no intentions of ever returning to claim the facility. Typically the abandoned building will have several signs attached that read, "No Trespassing or Private Property." The unused, unfinished, neglected, and modern ruins usually invite theives to break into the facility to steal the cooper wires. Some rare occasions can be found where abandoned facilities are transformed into useful operating businesses. On average, abandoned buildings are seen as eyesores by local officials who often feel without any solutions to the problems. Local government officials are becoming very creative in implementing new solutions to the different problems that exist. The state of Ohio has now placed a ban on using plywood to board up vacant or abandoned buildings. In Saint Loius, Missouri a newly adopted program is currently getting underway to finally demolish the hundreds of abandoned buildings throughout the entire city.

Condemned Buildings Running Rampant

Unsafe And Unfit For Human Habitation

Uncleanliness Causes Condemnation Of A Facility

Disastrous Insects And Troublesome Rodents

Some American citizens who believe in the paranormal world will claim that paranormal activities often take place inside of condemned buildings. Serveral are said to be haunted destinations to pertake in during Halloween and many others eventually burn up in violent flames. Regardless of an individuals personal beliefs the condemned facilities normally don't meet proper building codes for safety and have a list of violations. The Board Of Health may conduct a thorough investigation and give a report of a unsafe finding in a building. A facility owner will then be contacted and informed about the grave dangers of dwelling in any portion of the building. Sometimes the problems are self-inflicted due to the owner never performing any maintainance or general cleaning of the building. Often times an individual cannot make the proper repairs while living in the building or affordability to make the repairs is an issue. There are a vast number of different types of incidents and scenarios that could cause a building to become condemned. Several are basic occurrences such as major electrical issues, improperly constructed, dangerously high levels of asbestos, severe plumbing problems, unsafe levels of lead, collasping roofs, or disasterous flood damage. Certain coastal regions or high humidity areas are more prone to disastrous building problems. While flooding brings about damage, it also leaves behind stubborn mold, and mildew issues that carry on for great lengths of time even after the flood ends. Another aspect of building condemnation is the growing number of insects that sometimes create chaotic infestations that spiral out of control. The list of destroying insects include wood eating termites, beetles, spiders, ticks, fleas, ants, epidemic levels of bed bugs, crickets, and disease carrying cockroaches. In fact, the multitudes of destroying insects continues to multiply due to the insects becoming more immuned and tolerant to the chemicals used to extinguish them. Another danger to buildings is the pesky rodents and vermin that penetrate inside to chew at the wood. Disaster causing creatures include rats, mice, squirells, snakes, raccoons, birds, scorpions, and oppossums. The insects, rodents, and other troublesome causing creatures cost Americans billions of dollars each year in tremendous damages. A constant threat of insect damage is reality and if they happen to do enough damage to cause condemnation. Then the building must be demolished or destroyed.

Illegal Dumping Quickly Becoming A Mammoth Epidemic

Broken Furniture Litter The Streets

Abandonment of Entire Vehicles

A Large Waste Dump In The United States

Severe Waste Removal Issues

Currently today the United States is swiftly resembling that of a dumpster free nation. With large quantities of soiled mattresses stacked up tall out in the parking lot, malfunctioning washing machines thrown into the ditches along the roadways, broken furniture scattered all about throughout the drainage ditches, broken down vehicles left abandoned out in the alley, scraps of construction debree causing flat tires, a complete set of four bald tires thrown into the waterways, busted refrigerators shoved into the edge of the woods, rusted out range stoves hid underneath the boat dock, animal carcusses of all mammels scattered all around town, trashed out vehicle parts scattered to, and from the mechanic shop. The illegal dumping epidemic is increasingly becoming a significant problem throughout the United States. Illegal Dumping poses many hazards that encompass contaminating landscapes, block access during emergencies, degrade property values, pose fire risk, pollutes public places, contaminates waterways, poisons wildlife, destroy habitats, risk to human health, and overall wellbeing.

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    • BryanChaseGentry profile image

      Chase Gentry 8 months ago from Nashville, Tennessee

      Well said Ken. I concur with you 100 percent.

    • Ken Burgess profile image

      Ken Burgess 8 months ago from Florida

      Its simple, you've laid it out. But what always starts the ball rolling?

      Jobs leaving.

      A factory or company that employs 10,000 people shuts down and moves its business overseas. 10,000 people out of work, another 5,000 people who supported those workers and the company/factory in various forms then lose their jobs/businesses as well.

      Some areas can recover... like when Obama shut down various NASA projects soon after being elected, 16,000 workers were put out of work all at once on the Space Coast FL, worse this was done right on the heels of the RE/Mortgage crisis in 2007/8 but now ten years later, because of Space X, and tourism, and the nation's largest Cruise Port being developed in Cape Canaveral, etc. the area has recovered.

      But for other parts of the country, not blessed with good weather year round, friendly state taxes and costs, states that are on the opposite side of the spectrum, like NY... there is no recovery when a business leaves. NY has the highest taxes in the nation, NY has the worst workman comp laws in the nation, NY has some of the worst weather, worst energy costs, worst regulations in the nation... no corporation looking to do national, or international business, would even consider NY, just about anywhere on the planet would be a better place to build a factory, or industry.

      So when IBM terminates 10,000 jobs in its Dutchess County NY facilities over the course of ten years, from 2004-2014, that region cannot recover, because it cannot entice businesses to come to NY, the state has too many negatives... so instead they make a shell of a city (Poughkeepsie) a newly designated spot to house thousands of 'refugees' from overseas (Syria) but this will not create jobs or economic opportunity for those already living there, if anything it will displace them or encourage them to move from the area, akin to what has occurred in Dearborn MI.