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Abandoned U.S.A.

Since February 2000, the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) has operated the Plan for Transformation, the largest public housing reform program in the United States. Among its reforms has been to make use of Federal HOPE VI dollars to demolish many of its large scale developments. Ida B. Wells Homes, seen here, was the city's first public housing development dedicated for African-American use. After more than 60 years of occupancy, it sat mostly vacant for several years as the groundwork was laid for its replacement. A new mixed-income community named "Oakwood Shores" currently occupies the site

                                               Philadelphia, Pa

After decades of economic prosperity, Strawberry Mansion experienced the decline common to many Midwestern and Northwestern cities in the second half of the 20th century. The demographics of the community and its physical condition dramatically changed throughout the period, and the neighborhood lost huge numbers of buildings in the process. While some edges of the neighborhood are now experiencing redevelopment, those farther isolated continue to confront the challenges of decline. These two buildings are among a handful that remain on this formerly dense row house block.

                                               Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The location has been economically silent since 1983, when the company shuttered the facility. Still, it wasn't until the early 2000s when the site was cleared of most of its structures and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency oversaw hazardous waste removal. The EPA is still actively assessing the nature of the site contaminants and expects remediation to be complete in two years. At that point, one of many recent development proposals could be executed.

                                                  Detroit, Michigan

While derelict buildings are common in Detroit, the city is actively engaged in reducing their numbers. One major funding source is the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which will be used to demolish more than 10,000 buildings by the end of current mayor Dave Bing's term. Here, a collapsing building on the city's east side is demarcated by city barriers before its soon-to-come demolition.

                                                  Cleveland, Ohio

Like Strawberry Mansion in Philadelphia, many former Jewish neighborhoods in Midwestern and Northeastern industrial cities transitioned to African-American neighborhoods during the 1930s and 1940s. In the process, synagogues and schools were typically purchased by African American Christian churches, finding new life in a new spiritual community. Cleveland followed the same pattern, with some institutions finally becoming derelict after years of use. More than two dozen synagogues once populated east side; of those that survived the subsequent decades, nearly all but the Chibas Jerusalem are occupied by churches.

                                                 Las Vegas, Nevada

These small buildings are located on the northern edge of the Las Vegas Arts District, which occupies a liminal place between historic Las Vegas and the most grandiose contemporary casinos in the unincorporated Paradise to the south. The area is a place of contradiction, simultaneously underdeveloped and overvalued, a victim of its location. While major development of the area has slowed with the recession, many smaller incursions are happening through the arts community. The city's tallest structure, the Stratosphere, is seen hovering over the buildings despite being more than a mile away

                                                Baltimore, Maryland

Like Perlman Place, this intersection is located among miles of row house blocks on Baltimore's near east side. Here, two short blocks of entirely derelict and unoccupied row houses converge. The history of the neighborhood is written on the building façades, clear in layers of resurfacing, repainting and burn marks. The area was transformed into an art installation by local artist Ryan LeCluyse in summer 2011.

                                                  Chicago, Illinois

Contrary today's pattern of north side development, Chicago's south side was the city's first home of Chicago's elite. While many buildings were demolished during urban renewal and public housing construction, still others were shielded from major institutional planning only to be affected in recent years. This block of remarkable row houses has seen ups and downs, including the recent renovation of the two left buildings. The right building remains derelict.

                                                  Baltimore, Maryland

This photograph was taken on the first day of the city-initiated demolition of all but a few row houses on Perlman Place. After years of neighborhood decline on the city's east side, the block's end came relatively swiftly following a failed attempt to rehabilitate the buildings into upmarket row houses. Without sufficient financing, the developer stalled the project, leaving the block in the state it was when pictured. There are no immediate plans to replace the demolished units with new housing.


Briefly the world's largest shopping center, suburban Cleveland's Randall Park Mall has been almost entirely vacant and derelict since March 2009, eclipsed by new retail construction in more affluent suburbs. At present, only a handful of stores with direct parking lot access operate on the entire site, leaving mall entrances like this one irrelevant. Meanwhile, unattended plants overgrow their planters and through the increasing numbers of cracks in paved surfaces.


Bittersweet this year but we’re still going to enjoy them.

OSU vs Michigan

The Big Ten powers that decided in 1935 to schedule Michigan and Ohio State as each others last game of the season must have been able to foretell the future. Today many consider ‘The Game’ the greatest sports rivalry of the 20th century, including the United States Congress which recognized The Game as the “greatest sports rivalry in history.”

It’s tough to argue there is one better in all of college sports, especially if you bleed scarlet and gray or maize and blue. Coaches could have great years, but if they lose this single game…

Former Ohio State Head Football coach Earle Bruce Former OSU head coach Earle Bruce was an assistant under Woody Hayes for seven seasons before leading the Buckeyes to a 5-4 mark against Michigan as head coach from 1979-87. He once said, “If you don’t win the Michigan-Ohio State game, that’s a problem.” “You’re not going to be recognized for too much success. We’ve had 11-1 and 10-1 football teams that lost to Michigan and they’re not even mentioned in the second breath.”

The first game between the two was in 1897 and they have played each other every year since with seven exceptions: 1898, 1899 and between 1913 through 1917. Ohio State joined the Western Conference (now known as the Big Ten) in 1912, but Michigan left the conference between 1907 and 1917. The conference did not allow any of its members to play Michigan because it had withdrawn from the conference. Michigan rejoined the Big Ten in 1918 and thus the series was resumed. Michigan won the first conference game between the schools in 1918, but then Ohio State had three consecutive wins.

Michigan dominated the early years compiling a 13-0-2 record in non-conference match-ups between 1897 and 1918. The Buckeyes first win against Michigan came in 1919. UM leads the series 57-41-6. However, since 1952, Woody Hayes’ 2nd season as head coach, OSU has won 29, lost 25 and tied 2.

From 1968 through 1982, either Ohio State or Michigan won, or shared, the Big Ten Title. The same is true 16 more times in the 22 years between 1984 and 2005.

In 1968 Ohio State beat Michigan 50-14 and went on to win 1968 National Championship. It also ushered out Michigan head coach Bump Elliott.

Bo Schembechler new head coach at  Michigan in 1969, the beginning of the ten year war The next year, 1969, Bo Schembechler took over as head coach of Wolverines. He broke Woody Hayes 22 game winning streak and knocked #1 Ohio State from atop the college rankings. Some call this game the greatest college football upset of all-time. Woody said he thought his 1969 team, which went 9-1, was his best, even better than the 1968 National Champions.
Bo Schembechler was an assistant coach at Ohio State under Woody Hayes The 1969 game was beginning of what became known as “Ten Year War.” For ten years OSU and Michigan dominated Big Ten play, splitting ten conference titles and finishing second eight times. Hayes supposedly could not bring himself to speak name of “that school up north,” hence OSU fans refer to UM as ‘TSUN’. Schembechler, who played for Hayes at Miami (OH) and was an OSU assistant coach under Hayes, enjoyed nothing more than beating his old mentor. After ten years of memorable on-field stratagems, sideline antics, and locker room psychological ploys, the two coaches came out almost dead-even with Bo holding a slim 5-4-1 advantage.

In 1970 both teams were undefeated and faced each other in Columbus. Woody Hayes’ Bucks prevailed beating Bo and Michigan 20-9. At the time, OSU was ranked 5th nationally and Michigan 4th.

On five occasions, both teams went into The Game unbeaten. The Bucks won four and the fifth was a tie: 1944, OSU won 18-14; 1970, OSU won 20-9; 1973, 10-10 tie; 1975, OSU won 21-14; 2006, OSU won 42-39.

Ohio State spoiled perfect seasons for Michigan in 1944, (OSU won 18-14), 1970 (Ohio State won, 20-9), 1972 (Ohio State won, 14-11), 1973 (teams tied, 10-10), 1974 (Ohio State won, 12-10) and 2006 (Ohio State won, 42-39).

TSUN returned the favor, spoiling OSU perfect seasons in 1969 (Michigan won, 24-12), 1973 (teams tied, 10-10), 1993 (Michigan won, 28-0), 1995 (Michigan won, 31-23) and 1996 (Michigan won, 13-9).

Woody vs. Bo: Take a trip down memory lane with this multimedia presentation that highlights the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry during the years that Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler were at the helms of the Buckeyes and Wolverines. Our timeline features photos from the era, along with video clips from the 1982 retrospective The Ten Year War:Woody vs. Bo.(Source: Columbus Dispatch)

John Cooper coached the Buckeyes for 13 years compiling a record of 111-43-4 OSU’s John Cooper, who had 2 undefeated teams beaten by Michigan, which basically cost Buckeyes national championships, won just 2 times in 13 years vs Michigan. Even though he had one of best records in college football (111-43-4) during those 13 seasons, he is almost singularly be remembered for his “failures” against Michigan.
Jim Tressel was hired in 2001 and best Michigan that first year.
Tressel has psoted a 7-1 record against Michigan
A new era was born with arrival of Jim Tressel. In January 2001, during half time of the OSU-Michigan basketball game he told an attentive crowd: “I can assure you that you’ll be proud of our young people in the classroom, in the community and especially in 310 days in Ann Arbor”He was right. Coach Tressel was only the fourth coach in Ohio State football history to win his first game against Michigan. After nine games, he has posted a 9-1 record against TSUN. (Only one coach, Francis Schmidt, started 2-0 against Wolverines; he was 4-0 from 1934 to 1937.)

Under Head Coach Jim Tressel, Ohio State has beaten Michigan in all but one game. Read the game-day stories, from the Cleveland Plain Dealer, by clicking on the score:

 Its been a long time family tradition,  once a year we make Buckeyes (not peanut butter balls) and get comfy on the couch to watch this game!!

And this year, these are for you Urban Meyer ~Go Bucks!~


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