Comforting Thought: Rough Diamonds

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What eyesore, abandoned sites can teach us

Abandoned sites and places that are not aesthetically pleasing can teach us a more sophisticated way of looking at the natural environment, not in terms of the picturesque, or even the care of which it has been tended, but with an eye upon ecological virility.

Seen in this way sites go from being eyesores and worthless to being deeply ecologically significant – their ugliness and worthlessness might very well be the quality that has kept them abandoned and saved them from overenthusiastic ‘management’ and therefore destruction.

Islands of abandonment

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