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Urban Atrophy
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Illuminating the forgotten, revealing the unknown.
Illuminating the forgotten, revealing the unknown.

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Every see those tunnels downtown at Lombard Street and wonder where all that water is coming from? Well I paddled a kayak almost 2 miles into the darkness to find out for you! In the early 1700s flooding and waterborne disease was a big problem that slowed the growth of Baltimore city. To solve the problem engineers came up with a plan that would bury the area streams and rivers in underground storm drain systems. The Jones Falls Conduit is one of those systems. The Jones Falls watershed encompasses about 58 square miles of Baltimore County which drains to a stream that runs alongside the Jones Falls Expressway (I-83) until it goes underground near North Howard Street. Once underground the stream passes thru a massive concrete/brick conduit running in total darkness for about 1.7 miles before it outfalls into the Inner Harbor. The tunnels are very dark, very loud, very dangerous, and there is no help. Don't try this one! Visit the Urban Atrophy website to view the full gallery.
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When I first kayaked to this ghost ship sitting in the Baltimore harbor I thought that it was some type of entertainment ferry. The ship had what appeared to be a large ballroom, a bar and a nice top deck that looked like it could be a second dance floor. After Urban Atrophy was published a reader contacted me to let me know that the ship was the "Lloyd I. Seaman". It was not for entertainment use at all but actually a Floating Hospital. The motorless barge was towed around the New York harbor on daily excursions providing medical and dental care for the city's needy. The Lloyd I. Seaman was in service between 1935 and 1973 and later moved to the Baltimore harbor where it sat for a while before being cut up for scrap metal in the summer of 2007. Visit the Urban Atrophy website to view the full gallery.
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