day 136: Brühl
My mum lives close to the Brühl in Chemnitz. The area used to be very lively and I remember that it was full of people when I was little. I used to go there to do pottery when I was a kid. I was absolutely without talent there and produced a number of rather ugly deformed animals, but that’s another story altogether. Nowadays the Brühl looks like this, empty, run down. Almost all the buildings are abandoned and apart from one or two shops everything is closed down. In some houses there is only one flat inhabited, others stay completely dark at night. Over the years there were a number of projects to bring life back into the area, but all of them failed. The company that owns the buildings was against renting the flats to artists and young people for example. There will be another project, reconstructing most of the buildings from European funds, which should probably do the trick, but until then the area is a bit spooky. I avoid it at night when I’m alone, since my mum even was robbed there once. I like going there during daytime though, since it’s a great place to take pictures of decay.