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As we walked to the car, a guy cycling stopped and chatted. John was an army medic, suffering from post traumatic stress after 3 tours but was very chatty, saying he knew the area like the back of his hand and was known by all. He pointed out the seedy motel by the plant and the bridge, (in first plant photo above) saying they'd featured in the Transformers 3 movie. He suggested a couple of places for us to check out and then cycled off again with a cheery smile and wave.
Our next stop was the Eastown Theatre, abandoned in 2004 after being used by a church which tried to raise money for renovations by renting out the apartments that belonged to the theater. It was not a successful venture and then a fire in 2010 caused heavy damage to the building so it is now slated for demolition. The history of the theater can be found here.
A few streets down we ran into this neighborhood.