New Urban Landscapes of Boom and Bust

A project in downtown Pheonix, by Edgar Martins

A project in downtown Pheonix, by Edgar Martins

The New York Times Magazine recently published an arresting photographic investigation of landscapes newly emerging from the economic downturn and mortgage crisis. These images, all by Edgar Martins, show us the changing face of the problems wrapped up in contemporary processes of urbanization.

Just a few years ago the big issues on all our minds was relentless sprawl and seemingly insatiable urban growth. Now things look remarkably different. Instead of asking how to halt sprawl, we find ourselves wondering what can (or should) be done with the expanses of abandoned tract housing and resort ghost towns.

See the slideshow of Martin’s work, along with descriptive text, here.

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