Haunted Factories: Spicy Backlog

cleveland ohio haunted factory of terror

  • I found this trailer during a journey to a highly praised, but under-delivering fried chicken palace in middle ohio. Anyways, apparently haunted houses now come in the industrial variety: The Factory of Terror. I’ve always loved the idea that horror stories and cultural demons are very deep reflections of the society that they exist in. Today’s apparent ghouls: the spectre of employment. (Related: for more on the horror/culture connection check out, “On Monsters” by Stephen T. Asma. An excellent, academic read on the cultural origins of western supernatural creatures)

  • Australia’s (I would use a word right here like AUDACIOUS! or CUNNING!, but at this point I think the word should be more to-the-point and straightforward. Perhaps, responsible?) plan for a zero-carbon economy by 2020

  • Shots from Lee Friedlander’s series, “America by Car” and other American Documents

  • Reconsidering crumbling cities: “Detroit has a vast supply of decayed and vacant buildings, many of them architectural treasures. Even if MCD [Michigan Central Depot] is somehow restored, it will be one of only a handful saved, while so many others will languish for some time. Many, like the Lafayette Building, may become so damaged that they have to be torn down. What if instead of spending a huge amount of money to try to save one building, the city found a little bit of money to do basic maintenance to preserve the structural integrity of many buildings – and create a safe path through parts of them that tourists could walk through similar to how ancient ruins are displayed in Europe. Heck, don’t even clean the buildings up. That saves money and makes them even more impressive to visitors. This could preserve more structures for the long haul, and create a tourist attraction. The structures can always been renovated later when demand warrants. Actually, the tourists are already coming whether it is authorized or not. Thirty folks a day at MCD is pretty impressive.”

  • What it means to be a Clevelander: “It’s a winter town full of people who grew up on meat-and-potatoes peasant fare and soul food. We don’t exercise much because the weather sucks and we can’t always walk in our neighborhoods after dark, we like our comfort food like our grandparents made it, and we drink because life here gets depressing. Of course we’re unhealthy. A love of grease is in our rusty blood.”

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