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Old 02-09-2012, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Athens, GA (via Pittsburgh, PA)
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That is true about the towns around here. There really isn't much in the terms of large city for many miles in that part of the country. Ironically, once you're that far south Cario is closer to places such as Nashville, Jackson, MS, Memphis, Birmingham and Little Rock as opposed to Chicago and Indianapolis. Illinois is really two states within one. Without Chicago, the state wouldn't be much different than Iowa.
Yeah, Illinois isn't really "Illinois" south of Mount Vernon or Carbondale. It's more like the Mid-South, actually, specifically western Kentucky and the Missouri bootheel. And the Shawnee Hills are a geologic extension of the Ozark Mountains to boot. They're separated from each other by the Mississippi River and Alluvial Plain.

South of St. Louis, the Mississippi River and I-55 pass through what I consider to be the most depressing region of the United States. The Mississippi Delta region always seems to rank the worst in most, if not all, measurements regarding education and quality of life. Even Memphis, the largest city in the region, seemed to be very sleepy for a city its size when I visited, and I visited on a Saturday night. Tunica was just a joke.

The weather isn't great there either. There's no official tornado season in that part of the country because you can get tornado outbreaks there in every season except the summer, and they can be just as violent as those in the Great Plains. Making matters worse, most homes in the region don't have storm shelters, and 40 percent of all tornadoes there occur at night. Now you know why tornadoes are deadlier there than they are in the Great Plains. And in the summer, when there are no tornadoes, it's just brutally hot.

Then there's the New Madrid Seismic Zone, which hasn't been active in 200 years now, but still managed to produce a series of earthquakes strong enough to make you wonder if it could happen again. If it does, then I can assure you that most of Memphis would be destroyed, as would most places on the Mississippi Alluvial Plain because alluvial soils are great for liquefaction during earthquakes. A large segment of I-55 and a smaller segment of I-40 would both go bye-bye.

So yeah, I wouldn't want to live in the Mississippi Delta region.
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Old 02-09-2012, 07:45 AM
 
Location: ɥbɹnqsʇʇıd
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Hey AA, have you ever thought about posting some of your stuff to the Abandoned Porn subreddit? Note that the site isn't actually pornography, but a community where people come together and enjoy abandoned buildings and so forth. It'd be a good way to get more eyes on your hard work.
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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If it does, then I can assure you that most of Memphis would be destroyed
Isn't Memphis already destroyed?
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:28 AM
 
Location: City of McKeesport
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Hey AA, have you ever thought about posting some of your stuff to the Abandoned Porn subreddit? Note that the site isn't actually pornography, but a community where people come together and enjoy abandoned buildings and so forth. It'd be a good way to get more eyes on your hard work.
Haven't seen that one yet, but I am a big fan of Urban Ohio. I'll have to check it out!
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:29 AM
 
Location: City of McKeesport
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Memphis and St. Louis are both ridiculously awesome cities. And I'm not just saying that because I have a decay fetish. They have gorgeous neighborhoods, too!
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Old 02-09-2012, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Memphis and St. Louis are both ridiculously awesome cities. And I'm not just saying that because I have a decay fetish. They have gorgeous neighborhoods, too!
I must have missed how gorgeous and awesome Memphis was when I was being sized up and shouted at by people on porches as I walked between my hotel and Downtown.
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Old 02-09-2012, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Yeah, Illinois isn't really "Illinois" south of Mount Vernon or Carbondale. It's more like the Mid-South, actually, specifically western Kentucky and the Missouri bootheel. And the Shawnee Hills are a geologic extension of the Ozark Mountains to boot. They're separated from each other by the Mississippi River and Alluvial Plain.

South of St. Louis, the Mississippi River and I-55 pass through what I consider to be the most depressing region of the United States. The Mississippi Delta region always seems to rank the worst in most, if not all, measurements regarding education and quality of life. Even Memphis, the largest city in the region, seemed to be very sleepy for a city its size when I visited, and I visited on a Saturday night. Tunica was just a joke.

The weather isn't great there either. There's no official tornado season in that part of the country because you can get tornado outbreaks there in every season except the summer, and they can be just as violent as those in the Great Plains. Making matters worse, most homes in the region don't have storm shelters, and 40 percent of all tornadoes there occur at night. Now you know why tornadoes are deadlier there than they are in the Great Plains. And in the summer, when there are no tornadoes, it's just brutally hot.

Then there's the New Madrid Seismic Zone, which hasn't been active in 200 years now, but still managed to produce a series of earthquakes strong enough to make you wonder if it could happen again. If it does, then I can assure you that most of Memphis would be destroyed, as would most places on the Mississippi Alluvial Plain because alluvial soils are great for liquefaction during earthquakes. A large segment of I-55 and a smaller segment of I-40 would both go bye-bye.

So yeah, I wouldn't want to live in the Mississippi Delta region.
I agree with you also. Along with the weather, they also don't get too much snow but also will tend to get the arctic air that places north of them get. To me, if it's going to be cold I'm going to live in a place where it will be cold enough for some snow to fall. Plus, the heat would be another turn off.
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Old 02-09-2012, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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I must have missed how gorgeous and awesome Memphis was when I was being sized up and shouted at by people on porches as I walked between my hotel and Downtown.
I know someone who couldn't get a flight back here and had to spend a night in Memphis. I'm pretty sure she said she was afraid to even walk off the property of the hotel.
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Old 02-09-2012, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Athens, GA (via Pittsburgh, PA)
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I agree with you also. Along with the weather, they also don't get too much snow but also will tend to get the arctic air that places north of them get. To me, if it's going to be cold I'm going to live in a place where it will be cold enough for some snow to fall. Plus, the heat would be another turn off.
I visited Memphis the weekend of January 19, 2008, on what turned out to be the coldest day of the year there. Low temperatures the night I stayed there were in the teens. That might have had something to do with the lack of activity when I was walking in Memphis, but even then, the vibe I got was strange. It just felt like I was far from anywhere else. Oh yeah, and just two and a half weeks later, Memphis was ground zero for the 2008 "Super Tuesday" Tornado Outbreak. The tornado that hit Southaven, MS passed less than a mile north of the motel where I stayed when I visited. (It was the same one that hit Memphis International Airport.) Here's the National Weather Service's convective outlook map from February 5, 2008:





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Old 02-17-2012, 11:34 PM
 
Location: About 10 miles north of Pittsburgh International
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So, I got to looking around the web, and turned up a couple of comparable photos to ones in AA's tour.

First one, the Aliquippa Mercantile Store, official J&L company store. The angle is reversed, looking up Franklin, instead of down.

(Source: Early Aliquippa Businesses )

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