one day at a time

day 136: Brühl

Brühl © Verena Fischer

Brühl © Verena Fischer

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.

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9 responses

  1. That’s a shame, it looks like too nice an area to be left empty.

    December 27, 2011 at 3:08 pm

  2. Wow it looks like there is so much potential there. It’s a shame that it has gone by the wayside. Maybe someone will come along and revitalize the area and you are right…great photo opportunities for sure!

    December 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm

  3. Sad !! :-(

    December 27, 2011 at 11:55 pm

  4. This has a really dreamy look and feel to it that I really like.

    December 28, 2011 at 12:26 am

  5. This is such a sad photo, but like A. Barlow above, I agree that it has that dreamy look that is so appealing.

    December 28, 2011 at 2:41 am

  6. i agree with others that this looks like it has great potential. I hope that some way can be found to revitalize the place. It would be a shame to let it continue to decay.

    December 28, 2011 at 12:14 pm

  7. You did a spectacular job of capturing that eerily isolated feel you mentioned above, Ms. F…

    December 29, 2011 at 3:06 am

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  9. Reblogged this on Ann Harrington Journal.

    October 28, 2012 at 12:03 pm

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