With a sweep of a paint sprayer, an artist has managed to take a decrepit motel in my Los Angeles neighborhood and turn it into a destination—not by fixing it up, but by temporarily erasing it from the street.
No, it's not the setting for a new horror movie, though that's not a bad idea, considering we're talking 75,000 square feet of tunnels and trolley stations that have been virtually abandoned for the past 50 years beneath Dupont Circle.
Skyscrapers tend to become lightning rods for the neighborhoods they're in—and nowhere is that more true than in Johannesburg's Ponte City, a hulking 54-story tower has gone from Apartheid enclave to drug dealer haven to symbol of urban renewal.
When you're in the city that never sleeps, you might want to keep one eye open at all times. Many of the best futuristic cities and urban fantasy stories take place in dark, dystopian cities.
Spotted by a reader outside of Providence, Rhode Island (what isn't "outside of Providence" in RI, anyway?), some charming little OS-9-themed graffiti on an abandoned nightclub. Wallpaper-sized shots after the jump.