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Here are some photos of Gary, mostly downtown. Notice the beautiful old buildings just rotting away. Also notice that the empty lots in the photos used to be filled by buildings, but were demolished due to disrepair or a huge fire that consumed a few blocks in the heart of downtown.

Knights of Columbus building








Roosevelt High School








Old Hotel Gary, now a city old folks home


Storefronts lining Broadway (notice the painted storefronts on abandoned blds.)


old U.S. Postal building, now abandoned


Part of Gary's skyline




Facade of Memorial Auditorium. All that is left standing after fire. Frank Sinatra and the Jackson Five played here, along with many high school functions


City Methodist church (abandoned)


Looking west on Fifth Avenue












City Hall and the old Sheraton (abandoned) in the background


Gary State Bank building













New construction downtown




The Palace Theater (abandoned) Notice who's "playing"


 

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Great thread. I've always been curious about what Gary's like. Were all those pics downtown? What is the condition of the neighborhoods?
 
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Yes all these pics were of downtown and the immediate area around downtown. Downtown is definately the worst part. Crime-wise, i'm not so sure about. It used to be bad, but because there is so few people living there and most of the abandoned buildings have been demolished to prevent crime, I've heard it's not the worst part. Glen Park, a neighborhood on south Broadway, is supposed the worst part. Here are some pictures of Glen Park:






Taken at the corner of the main intersection in Glen Park, Broadway and Ridge Road. There used to be a nice three story building where this parking lot is now.






Lew Wallace High School





The Miller Beach neighborhood, to the east of downtown, used to be the upper-class side of Gary where the professionals lived. I think this was due to the lakefront being un-industrialized. It was also home to Marquette Park, a huge city park and beach. This area is probably in the best shape. They are trying to revitalize it. It still has some way to go, but has a lot of potential. Right now it's very artsy and has a lot of those urban pioneers that have moved back to once blighted areas in other cities. Here are some pics of the main drag in Miller, Lake Street:






Notice the great density Gary still somewhat has. I can't imagine what it used to be like when at least half the building were still standing.
 
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Note: The liquor store/bar on the right hand side of the street has been there for at least 50 years. My grandfather went to school with the original owner. My father used to go there underage to have a few beers and cash his check from a painting company located in the fourth building down in the third picture of Glen Park above. I started to go there a few years ago because my sister's boyfriend bartender there. It's a neat old bar and sad to think this is probably one of the few existing places that has survived since Gary's heyday. It's funny because I'd used to go there and people used to say I'd get shot just being in Gary! Most people I know are deathly afraid to even drive around Gary. When I took most of these photos, it was midday, and highly unlikely that something would happen. It just shows you how cities get like this because of people's fear of other people (economic blight and a state capital that treats the city like an ugly stepchild doesn't help either!)
 

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i hope that gary can somehow manage a turn-around. those old buildings in the downtown area are still magnificent, even in their incredibly sad shape.
 

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Great thread, colts0315. I haven't seen a lot of these buildings before. The flats in the 4th picture could actually be mistaken for a Chicago cityscape.

@ Sam_Harmon-What the hell are you talking about by saying "rapist wit"? Unlike that jackass Monte, colts lives in Gary and therefore did not drive 300 miles to take pictures of Gary for half an hour.
 

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I can't help but know how depressing those pictures are from Gary, a once-booming steel town. Gary has a lot of beautiful old buildings, but sadly as mentioned, they're rotting away. Hopefully this town can make a turnaround.
 

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nice pics. poor Gary.

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new construction...what the hell for???? why not fix/refurbish those amazing buildings that are already there?????

The State needs to give Gary a blank check to start fixing some crap up, or allow more casinos so that money can trickle down!
 

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Gary could effectively use its Lake Shore... I mean Gary already kind of look like a very mini-Chicago. All it need to do is fix their airport... and be like its neighboring city of Hammond and Build casinos like crazy... I say Gary could easy start over... attract immigrants...

But to do all of that... Indiana please help GARY and treat it better!

After looking on Googe Maps, Gary could demolish all of the Industrial land, cover it with beaches and Parks, then build many houses near there. Maybe even use their tollway to their advantage
 
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That is a great point Azn chi boi. I've always thought that Gary's fate wouldn't have been as bad had the downtown been located right on the lakefront (like Chicago). All we have is that hideous steel mill and other industrial complexes there. BUT, remember, that is the whole reason why the city is there. However, the mills operate at a fraction of the workforce and size of the complex. There is a big effort, mostly by Representative Visclosky, to reclaim a lot of the US Steel land not in use, and turn it into parkland. I believe if they do this, this is the key to Gary's redevelopment. Honestly thought, most of those great building will be gone. You know how cities love to demolish and build new because of cost. It is amazing to see old pictures of Gary and look at it now. I've never seen a city with SO many empty blocks of weeds because of the demolishion of buildings once there.
 
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