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Exploring the city and urban areas, abandoned, derelict places. http://onlineroadtrip.com
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The Fleet – London’s Underground River ~ Kuriositas

The Fleet – London’s Underground River ~ Kuriositas | Urban Exploration | Scoop.it

The story of the Fleet is one of almost inevitable but inexorable decline. Over the period of just a few hundred years it went from a river to a brook. From there, despite a brief renaissance as a canal it became a ditch and ultimately was consigned to the depths as a drain. Human intervention has consigned the river to its labyrinthine underground tomb. Yet take a visit to the ponds of Hampstead and you can still see it, at its source, perhaps something akin to how it looked before we arrived.

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The Grid TO | Know Vacancy: 424 Yonge St.

The Grid TO | Know Vacancy: 424 Yonge St. | Urban Exploration | Scoop.it
Continuing our ongoing investigation into why prime real-estate locations in Toronto lie unused, we find out what's up the old DeBoer's furniture-store space in College Park.
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Subterranean London…Mapped!

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Cold War bunkers, abandoned Tube stations, buried rivers, deep level shelters…London’s concealed features are among its most intriguing. So, in age-old Londonist tradition, we’ve created a map to try and show what a hollow city this is.

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EasternStatePrison_PA | Flickr

EasternStatePrison_PA | Flickr | Urban Exploration | Scoop.it
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A view from the beautiful Burroughes building

A view from the beautiful Burroughes building | Urban Exploration | Scoop.it
At 639 Queen St. West sits a building which has at various times over the years amazed me, confused me, and until only very recently, been completely inaccessible to me.
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Toronto's Forgotten Landmarks: Back To Old St. Mary's

Toronto's Forgotten Landmarks: Back To Old St. Mary's | Urban Exploration | Scoop.it
For over half a decade, I have watched this vacant church sink further into the ground.
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Toronto's Forgotten Landmarks: Charles Street Mansions

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Until only a few months ago, a mere block south and west of Bloor and Bay street lay home to the old derelict Charles Street Victoria College mansions.
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Toronto's Forgotten Landmarks: A Night at the Roxy

Toronto's Forgotten Landmarks: A Night at the Roxy | Urban Exploration | Scoop.it
Few of us will recall frequenting Toronto's Allenby Theatre at 1213 Danforth Avenue, even under its later name, The Roxy.
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Toronto's Forgotten Landmarks: Don Mount Court

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As recently as a few months back, on the Eastern side of Toronto's Don River just North of Queen street, sat Don Mount Court.
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Toronto's Forgotten Landmarks: The Rochdale Project

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The infamous Innis College Rochdale Project of the late 1960s, one of Toronto's greatest tragedies, was born of the best intentions.
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Toronto's Forgotten Landmarks: Ghost Floors at the King Edward

Toronto's Forgotten Landmarks: Ghost Floors at the King Edward | Urban Exploration | Scoop.it
Haunting images of the derelict King Edward Hotel Ballroom have graced this site before. Finally up for serious renovations, many are unaware that this was not the only area of the beautiful old hotel that sat vacant for years......
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Spooky locations in Toronto

Spooky locations in Toronto | Urban Exploration | Scoop.it
Spooky locations in Toronto abound. While there are way too many to possibly cover in one post here's a start: The abandoned Linseed Oil Factory at Dundas and RoncesvallesThe Old Don JailThe abandoned houses near Keele and BloorThe bridge at Old...
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The Haunted Abandonments of Toronto and Beyond

The Haunted Abandonments of Toronto and Beyond | Urban Exploration | Scoop.it
Haunted places are in vogue this time of year, so with Halloween fast approaching, I thought I'd share some of the beautiful yet terrifying abandoned places I've visited recently.
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Staten Island Ferry Terminal, Manhattan | MostlyLisa.com

Staten Island Ferry Terminal, Manhattan | MostlyLisa.com | Urban Exploration | Scoop.it
5DMKII + 16-35mm, 3 exposures, f/5.6, ISO 100, handheld. It was a smokin' hot Sunday afternoon in NYC when I shot this.
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What Shall We Do With The Old Tube Station?

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Shoreditch station in June 2006, its last day of operation. The entire cutting has been filled in to support the ramp for Overground trains between Whitechapel and Shoreditch High Street.

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Sans titre | Flickr | Urban Exploration | Scoop.it
MIchigan central station...
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teach yourself photography: Ghost Signs of London (updated 18/8/11)

teach yourself photography: Ghost Signs of London (updated 18/8/11) | Urban Exploration | Scoop.it

Ghost signs photographed in London, UK. 

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Portraits on Toronto's Forbidden Rooftops

Portraits on Toronto's Forbidden Rooftops | Urban Exploration | Scoop.it
My penchant for rooftopping in Toronto has always come from my great love of photography. The mission is to capture unique angles of the familiar, and to make the city refreshing once again.
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Toronto's Forgotten Landmarks: St. Michael's Cemetery

Toronto's Forgotten Landmarks: St. Michael's Cemetery | Urban Exploration | Scoop.it
Few would suspect that hidden behind the business towers and store-fronts just West of Yonge and St. Clair in downtown Toronto is a 10-acre cemetery.
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Toronto's Forgotten Landmarks: Metropolitan United Church Parsonage

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On the south-west corner of Church and Shuter, nestled between two of Toronto's oldest, largest, and most spectacular churches is the beautiful Metropolitan United Church Parsonage.
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Toronto's Forgotten Landmarks: Tower Automotive

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Overlooking Toronto's junction rests the shell of Tower Automotive. Built in the first quarter of the 20th century, and closed in 2006, the former sheet-casting facility is currently being redeveloped into studio space.
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Toronto's Forgotten Landmarks: The Canada Malting Company Plant

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At the base of Bathurst street, marking the western limit of Toronto's shoreline proper sits an odd conundrum - one of the last remaining sets of industrial silos in Toronto - The abandoned Canada Malting Company Plant.
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The Final Days of St. Clement's Church

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On a quiet street just north of Toronto's Leslieville, an almost century-old Anglican church has sat vacant for several years.
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Toronto's Forgotten Landmarks: Bank Of Toronto at 205 Yonge Street

Toronto's Forgotten Landmarks: Bank Of Toronto at 205 Yonge Street | Urban Exploration | Scoop.it
The derelict Bank of Toronto at 205 Yonge Street had always struck me as an architectural anomaly. Built in 1905 of Lennox design, the austere neo-classical facade always seemed to me a sad symbol of modern decay.

 

Yonge street intervenes on a very telling conversation between 205 and its modern surroundings; it appears that the shadow of annihilation rests in and on every building, old and new alike. In a very Hegelian moment, Paul Virilio once noted that "you could say that architecture is nothing but the art of making ruins."

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A Ghost Ship on the Leslie St. Spit

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Toronto's Portlands are home to many strange and beautiful things. Recently added to the industrial array is the partially deconstructed hull of a massive cargo ship. There is something terrifying about the prospect of an enormous vehicle torn apart.
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