|2000 Pearl Street, 2004 (Kodachrome slide).|
The little house at 2004 was condemned, according to a January 7 article in the Vicksburg Post. The City had been unable to locate the owner, and the inspector deemed it a hazard. Notice in the third photograph, the far wall beyond the door has been totally eaten by termites. By February 22, the house was gone.This is how we have lost so much housing over the last two to three decades: the place deteriorates, the owner is gone and cannot be located, and the city is forced to raze the unit and take ownership of the parcel. Then the property no longer generates tax revenue.
|2123 Pearl Street|
Moving on to the 2300 block, this little store was at 2328 Pearl. Now it is a dull brown paint and unused.
So many of the houses have been demolished, it is hard to tell exactly where they once stood. The lots are covered with grass or brush. To think, once this was a vibrant mixed neighborhood with hundreds of residents, but is rapidly depopulating. This is the fate of so many small American towns.
Most 1980s and 1990s frames were taken on Kodachrome 25 film with a Leica M3 camera and the 50 mm f/2.8 Elmar lens (the post WWII version with lanthanum glass). The 2014 photographs were taken with a Fujifilm X-E1 digital camera.