Visual Essay A Portrait of Scranton Additional photographs from Chris Hedges and Alan Chin’s visit to Scranton, Pennsylvania by Alan ChinOctober 10, 2012 • 165 words The intersection of Pittston Avenue and Hemlock Street, south of Courthouse Square in Scranton. Evening on the streets of downtown, near the University of Scranton. Inside Brennan’s Pub in the Hill district of Scranton. One of twenty-eight remaining employees at Avanti Cigar, a family business that decades ago employed seventy Scrantonians. Wyoming Avenue, reflected in the glass entrance to the Steamtown Mall. Nearly half of the stores have been shuttered. An American flag flies at half-staff downtown, honouring victims of the Colorado movie theatre massacre in July. A defunct convenience story at midday. Laura Solomon at the Electric City Tattoo Gallery, where she had her septum piercing repaired. A concrete walkway bridges two abandoned buildings, part of the Scranton Lace Factory grounds. A quiet evening at the South Side Bowl. A US Army veteran at the Bog bar in downtown Scranton. Jacquard punch cards, once used to make Nottingham lace, litter a derelict room in the abandoned factory. This appeared in the November 2012 issue. Alan Chin contributes to Newsweek and the New York Times. Get the Walrus Weekly newsletter Newsletter Events Sign up Recommended Sports The Ninety-Two-Year-Old Powerlifter How my nonagenarian father stepped out of his basement gym and broke a world record with his muscles by David Day Society Why Would Someone Choose to Be a Monster? Pedophiles don’t get a pass for their sins. But James Cantor’s controversial research could explain why they do what they do by Simon Lewsen The Latest Politics Trump, Clinton, and the Absence of Meaning Are politicians bullshit artists—or scientists? by Viviane Fairbank Society Do We Really Need a National Bird? The controversy over Canada’s first avian symbol rages on by Harry Wilson Books How to Write a Bestseller What Big Data reveals about the way we read—and what we’ll buy by Michael LaPointe Fiction Celebrity Portage Taylor Swift, Karl Ove Knausgård, and Leonard Cohen take a canoe trip in Algonquin by Marni Jackson Media Avert Your Eyes Life has never been safer—no matter what your smartphone tells you by Jonathan Kay Join the Conversation edo deweert although infinitely depressing, these photos and the story in the magazine portray perfectly the human condition; there is a photographer whose name escapes me right now, who has created a book depicting “abandoned america” Daniel Gorman Great work. BTW, the a in US Army is always capitalized (second to last image). Brian ast Scares the crap out of me. Truly a modern tragedy. http://www.LettieriPhoto.com Rob Lettieri I have a portfolio of Scranton that would make you think otherwise. Things aren’t great lots of places in the world and the USA. We have to make the best of what we’ve got. Scranton has little threat of flooding,hurricanes,forrest fires,low crime.friendly people and a lot of low self esteem.Malls and factories are only a few barometers of life here. I could do a photo documentary of NYC one of the greatest cities of the world and concentrate on the dilapidated buildings and people fallen on hard times. If you live in Scranton you can move but where ever you go you will have to create your life again. Try it here first. Scranton has a lot more going for it compared to many cities with the arts,education,healthcare industries,outdoor recreation,tourism,and some great neighborhoods. Be creative and you can thrive anywhere. Jillicentix Could be worse, could be Wilkes-Barre. tmscr No doubt you can find scenes like these all over Scranton, but really, this isn’t quite an accurate representation of the city. Not everyone is a tattooed, pierced, downtrodden person living in squalor. The girl in the second pitcture looks like a prostitute, although she probably isn’t. Scranton has some beautiful architecture and natural scenery (it sits in a valley between green “mountains”). The downtown area is actually quite nice looking. You can find ugly scenes like the ones you depicted in just about every city of any size in this country, and possibly even the world.