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19th Apr '16 8:45:37 PM johnsmithxxi
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': In the [[TheMovie cinematic]] [[GrandFinale series finale]] The house across the street from Mrs. Davis' remains vacant and "For Sale" from the time Miss Brooks moves in. [[JustifiedTrope Explained in story]] by Mr. Webster, the realtor, as being due to the fact the owner is asking too much money. [[spoiler: From the start, Miss Brooks sees this as her future dream house where she will live in wedded bliss. At the end of the film, Mr. Boynton buys the house, and marries Miss Brooks.]]
14th Mar '16 5:26:14 PM thatother1dude
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* Carl and Ellie's house in Pixar's ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}''. It appears to have been abandoned for quite some time when Carl and Ellie first meet inside as children, and it remains that way up until they buy and refurbish it after their marriage. {{Egregious}} because WorldWarTwo ([[FridgeLogic and its accompanying]] dual housing shortages -- one during the war, [[FromBadToWorse and one after]]) happened somewhere in between there.
* In ''ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', Tiana's father sets his sights on an abandoned mill as the place to set up the restaurant he dreams of starting. Not only was the mill empty for some time before he announces this, it remains empty for another ten years or so, while Tiana grows up and saves the money so she can buy the mill for the same purpose after her father dies. One of the things that kicks off the plot is that as soon as she tells the men selling the mill that she's able to afford it, she's informed that someone else just happened to outbid her on it. Given how the men are jerks who suggest that Tiana couldn't handle running a restaurant because she's black, {{fanon}} has taken to the notion that Tiana was simply lied to about the competition.
** She also didn't count on the building's value increasing from the original asking price.

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* Carl and Ellie's house in Pixar's ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}''. It appears to have been abandoned for quite some time when Carl and Ellie first meet inside as children, and it remains that way up until they buy and refurbish it after their marriage. {{Egregious}} because WorldWarTwo ([[FridgeLogic and This is especially unlikely given UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo (and its accompanying]] accompanying dual housing shortages -- one during the war, [[FromBadToWorse and one after]]) happened somewhere in between there.
* In ''ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', Tiana's father sets his sights on an abandoned mill as the place to set up the restaurant he dreams of starting. Not only was the mill empty for some time before he announces this, it remains empty for another ten years or so, while Tiana grows up and saves the money so she can buy the mill for the same purpose after her father dies. One of the things that kicks off the plot is that as soon as she tells the men selling the mill that she's able to afford it, she's informed that someone else just happened to outbid her on it. Given how the men are jerks who suggest that Tiana couldn't handle running a restaurant because she's black, {{fanon}} has taken many viewer take to the notion that Tiana was simply lied to about the competition.
** She also didn't count on the building's value increasing from the original asking price.
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8th Jan '16 2:57:16 AM shadowbeast
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* It is unclear how long the [[http://thoughtengine.deviantart.com/art/Sdc12196-407926758 Queen's Building]] in Townsville, Australia (the dirtier of the two in the image) has been abandoned, and it is difficult to see inside, however it appears that it, too, was boarded up decades ago, complete with stock inside. Played with, as it seems to have had several purposes since it was built in 1887.
** In the same place, [[http://thoughtengine.deviantart.com/art/Keith-Thomsens-3-582723481 Keith Thompsens Furniture]] also appears to be unoccupied...
** ...As have the old [[http://thoughtengine.deviantart.com/art/Bogies-at-the-old-workshops-474067840 Flinders Street Railway Workshops]]. They were intended to be used by a preservation group, but this fell through after a cyclone hit the city; the place rots and has no longer any collecting track, and homeless people don't seem to want to try it. It has been left with old rail bogies and [[http://thoughtengine.deviantart.com/art/Swing-of-dereliction-543970039 pieces of equipment laying around]].
* Urban Explorers often seem to find factories, hospitals and houses, especially in Europe, which have not been broken into or attacked, and have all manner of stuff inside, from racks of hardhats, tools, and sidings full of rail wagons just left there, to hospital beds, specimen bottles full of deteriorating specimens and medical tools still laying out all over benches in surgery suites. The lack of theft can sometimes be quite disturbing, as well as some of the items found there, such as deliberately-mutilated toys and boxes of live ammunition.
9th Dec '15 10:35:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''{{Constructor}}'' and its SpiritualSequel ''MobRule'', if a building is left without a tenant for a long time, it will be settled... by a six-foot cockroach. Needless to say, the neighbors are a litle concerned about bad influence on their children (you know those roaches).
* Par for the course in the ''{{Suikoden}}'' series. In almost every game (3 and 4 being the exceptions), the hero's army takes over such a structure to serve as their headquarters. The [[SuikodenII second game]] even has the hero's army claim an entire GhostTown.

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* In ''{{Constructor}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Constructor}}'' and its SpiritualSequel ''MobRule'', ''VideoGame/MobRule'', if a building is left without a tenant for a long time, it will be settled... by a six-foot cockroach. Needless to say, the neighbors are a litle concerned about bad influence on their children (you know those roaches).
* Par for the course in the ''{{Suikoden}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' series. In almost every game (3 and 4 being the exceptions), the hero's army takes over such a structure to serve as their headquarters. The [[SuikodenII second game]] even has the hero's army claim an entire GhostTown.
17th Nov '15 1:24:42 AM AnotherDuck
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* As linked in the description, there's [[http://englishrussia.com/?p=293 the entire city of Pripyat, Ukraine,]] site of the famous UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}} accident. Hasn't been touched in over 20 years. Of course, there are some illegal excursions.
** Pripyat, while evacuated, was never truly abandoned. Because the power station continued to function for decades after the disaster (only one reactor out of four blew up), a new city for its workers, Slavutich, was built nearby, and Pripyat was (and is) still regularly patrolled by the local police and station workers. And the excursions there are now perfectly legal, as the radiation dropped to the safe levels and authorities decided to allow visitors.
*** Ironically, the influx of tourists brought forth the bizarre trade of ''maintaining'' the GhostCity atmosphere, with workers "touching up" the surrounding of tourist trails and buildings so they'd look recently abandoned, and not simply decayed beyond recognition.

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* As linked in the description, there's [[http://englishrussia.com/?p=293 the entire city of Pripyat, Ukraine,]] site of the famous UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}} accident. Hasn't been touched in over 20 years. Of course, there are some illegal excursions.
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Pripyat, while evacuated, was never truly abandoned. Because the power station continued to function for decades after the disaster (only one reactor out of four blew up), a new city for its workers, Slavutich, was built nearby, and Pripyat was (and is) still regularly patrolled by the local police and station workers. And the excursions there are now perfectly legal, as the radiation dropped to the safe levels and authorities decided to allow visitors.
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visitors. Ironically, the this influx of tourists brought forth the bizarre trade of ''maintaining'' the GhostCity atmosphere, with workers "touching up" the surrounding of tourist trails and buildings so they'd look recently abandoned, and not simply decayed beyond recognition.



* Urban Exploration is a phenomenon springing up all over the world where such abandoned structures are explored and documented by private persons. It turns out that abandoned buildings may very well be there, but they're not gonna be ''untouched'' for a long time. Squatters, vandals, paintballers and graffiti artists (sometimes all of them at the same time) will see to that.
** ''That'' part is subverted by some {{Abandoned Hospital}}s, where equipment that was left behind decades ago -- wheelchairs, bed frames, even iron lungs (read: pickup-truck-bed-sized loads of scrap metal, on casters for your convenience) have remained in place for decades.
*** When such equipment contains dangerous chemicals or radiation sources, this sometimes led to disasters such as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goi%C3%A2nia_accident Goiânia accident]] in Brazil, where a gamma-ray source wasn't removed (and safely disposed of) from an old radiation therapy machine when the hospital moved into the new premises.[[note]] The hospital owners were prevented from doing so by the legal dispute with the owners of the original building, and a court injunction forbidding them from removing anything from there. Their warnings about the danger of the unsupervised source in the barely guarded building fell on deaf ears. The half-demolished building was then broken into when the sole guard took a sickie to go to the movies with his family.[[/note]] It was subsequently found by scrap collectors, broken into, and contaminated the whole neighborhood with highly radioactive caesium-137. Four people died from acute radiation poisoning, and 249 were found to be significantly contaminated.

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* Urban Exploration is a phenomenon springing up all over the world where such abandoned structures are explored and documented by private persons. It turns out that abandoned buildings may very well be there, but they're not gonna be ''untouched'' for a long time. Squatters, vandals, paintballers and graffiti artists (sometimes all of them at the same time) will see to that.
** ''That'' part is subverted by some
Some {{Abandoned Hospital}}s, where equipment that was left behind decades ago -- wheelchairs, bed frames, even iron lungs (read: pickup-truck-bed-sized loads of scrap metal, on casters for your convenience) have remained in place for decades.
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decades. When such equipment contains dangerous chemicals or radiation sources, this sometimes led to disasters such as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goi%C3%A2nia_accident Goiânia accident]] in Brazil, where a gamma-ray source wasn't removed (and safely disposed of) from an old radiation therapy machine when the hospital moved into the new premises.[[note]] The hospital owners were prevented from doing so by the legal dispute with the owners of the original building, and a court injunction forbidding them from removing anything from there. Their warnings about the danger of the unsupervised source in the barely guarded building fell on deaf ears. The half-demolished building was then broken into when the sole guard took a sickie to go to the movies with his family.[[/note]] It was subsequently found by scrap collectors, broken into, and contaminated the whole neighborhood with highly radioactive caesium-137. Four people died from acute radiation poisoning, and 249 were found to be significantly contaminated.



* Many ghost towns (at least the ones that aren't tourist attractions) are this.



* Very common throughout much of the former Soviet Union, which designed several cities to fit one economic purpose. However the split of the nation into multiple economically independent countries, the switch from communism to capitalism, and the massive increase in imports have made many of these whole cities obsolete, and they are now completely uninhabited or have incredibly low numbers of people. Even more cities in the region manage to have large numbers of unused buildings for similar reasons, and that building on new land is cheaper than demolishing and restoring buildings.
** Even large thriving cities may have Soviet-era buildings abandoned for decades because either reusing ''or'' demolishing them is too costly and/or dangerous. An {{egregious}} example would be an [[http://nsk.novosibdom.ru/node/2123 unfinished 22-story hotel]] towering over Marx Square in Novosibirsk, whose construction began in 1968 and which, in 2014, still stands in the same state it has been since the early [=1980s=].

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* Very common throughout much of the former Soviet Union, which designed several cities to fit one economic purpose. However the split of the nation into multiple economically independent countries, the switch from communism to capitalism, and the massive increase in imports have made many of these whole cities obsolete, and they are now completely uninhabited or have incredibly low numbers of people. Even more cities in the region manage to have large numbers of unused buildings for similar reasons, and that building on new land is cheaper than demolishing and restoring buildings.
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Even large thriving cities may have Soviet-era buildings abandoned for decades because either reusing ''or'' demolishing them is too costly and/or dangerous. An {{egregious}} example would be an [[http://nsk.novosibdom.ru/node/2123 unfinished 22-story hotel]] towering over Marx Square in Novosibirsk, whose construction began in 1968 and which, in 2014, still stands in the same state it has been since the early [=1980s=].



* Many abandoned [[DriveInTheater Drive-In Theaters ]]leave the snack bar, ticket booth, marquee, and/or even the ''screen'' intact after closure, likely due to the cost of dismantling such structures and/or inability to find someone else who wants to repurpose the land.
21st Oct '15 1:23:16 PM DDRMASTERM
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* As linked in the description, there's [[http://englishrussia.com/?p=293 the entire city of Pripyat, Ukraine,]] site of the famous Chernobyl incident. Hasn't been touched in over 20 years. Of course, there are some illegal excursions.

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* As linked in the description, there's [[http://englishrussia.com/?p=293 the entire city of Pripyat, Ukraine,]] site of the famous Chernobyl incident.UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}} accident. Hasn't been touched in over 20 years. Of course, there are some illegal excursions.
12th Oct '15 7:52:19 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* In ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'', the Auditors make use of a site that, against all odds, has remained unoccupied for years even in packed-to-the-rafters Ankh-Morpork. The space in question is a former alley that got roofed over at some point, then forgotten about because whoever did it passed away, and the owners of the adjacent properties now all believe it belongs to one of the others. Actually, they each own one wall.

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* In ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'', the Auditors make use of a site that, against all odds, has remained unoccupied for years even in packed-to-the-rafters Ankh-Morpork. The space in question is a former alley that got roofed over at some point, then forgotten about because whoever did it passed away, and the owners of the adjacent properties now all believe it belongs to one of the others. Actually, they each own one wall. This is a running problem in the city; the loam foundation and frequent floods mean the whole thing sinks slowly over time, so that the plan of the city gradually shifts and some areas have three or four levels of forgotten floors below the cellars.
9th Oct '15 4:32:50 PM StFan
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* The Avengers mansion was left abandoned after the break up of the team at ComicBook/AvengersDisassembled, and stayed that way up to after ComicBook/{{Siege}}, when it was given to Luke Cage and the NewAvengers. Justified, as the owner Tony Stark could no longer give financial support to the Avengers, but the mansion still belonged to him, so he decided to keep it that way.

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* The Avengers mansion was left abandoned after the break up of the team at ComicBook/AvengersDisassembled, and stayed that way up to after ComicBook/{{Siege}}, when it was given to Luke Cage and the NewAvengers.ComicBook/NewAvengers. Justified, as the owner Tony Stark could no longer give financial support to the Avengers, but the mansion still belonged to him, so he decided to keep it that way.
2nd Oct '15 9:52:10 PM Sharlee
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* In ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'', the Auditors make use of a site that, against all odds, has remained unoccupied for years even in packed-to-the-rafters Ankh-Morpork. The space in question is a former alley that got roofed over at some point, then forgotten about because whoever did it passed away, and the owners of the adjacent properties now all believe it belongs to one of the others. Actually, they each own one wall.
* Justified in the ''Literature/RiversOfLondon'' novels: while Nightingale's alma mater Casterbrook has been closed and vacant since WorldWarII, the estate's tenant farmers pay enough in rent to cover periodic upkeep and it's still being cleaned every month or so.
13th Sep '15 4:49:18 PM nombretomado
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* In one of the early ''NUMASeries'' novels, the heroes figure out how a massive drug smuggling operation is being run and speculate as to where the drug handoff will be made. One character invokes this trope. Another immediately shoots it down, pointing out that abandoned warehouses are hard to come by in major port cities.

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* In one of the early ''NUMASeries'' ''Literature/DirkPittAdventures'' novels, the heroes figure out how a massive drug smuggling operation is being run and speculate as to where the drug handoff will be made. One character invokes this trope. Another immediately shoots it down, pointing out that abandoned warehouses are hard to come by in major port cities.
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