There’s Something Good around the Corner Photo by Samantha Bucher (April 1, 2016) By Samantha Bucher
Every time I felt alone and depressed, I’d take a walk. The city became my friend. I had no one to turn to, so I turned to music and the places around me. I’d plug my headphones in and explore the city. Some days I would find myself sitting in the back corner of Musical Energi, paging through records on the tall white shelves, searching for a Genesis or Billy Joel album I didn’t already have [more…]

Another Time Photo by Brandilyn Kultys (April 6, 2016)
By Brandi Kultys
Even the old and abandoned buildings in the city are beautiful. Regardless of the vines and plants growing out of churches and homes, they still retain an air of magnificence. The decrepit state of them gives off an ominous feeling, but also makes them seem mysterious and draws the looker to them. They seem abandoned and forgotten but it only makes one want to explore and see what their past held. What went on inside of them in the past? What remains from the past lay inside of them now? [more…]

Old Smokestacks Photo by Molly Briana McMullen (April 7, 2016)By Molly Briana McMullen
Tradition and history here run as deeply as the anthracite veins once did, and though there are still many who are proud of this past, most find it difficult to cope with its loss even decades after it happened. Now, the city searches for its next big industry or something to pull it out of the smoldering embers it has been left in [more…]

There’s Something Good around the Corner Photo by Samantha Bucher (April 1, 2016) “There’s Something Good around the Corner,” Photo by Samantha Bucher (April 1, 2016)

The light switches. The green walk sign appears, and I scurry across the street. I pull the straps tighter on my backpack and look around. The city unfolds itself before me like a map. There are creases along some areas from being folded up so many times. Tiny holes pierce the corners [more…]

The Remains of the Train Station Photo by Owen Vaughn (March 31, 2016)“What Remains of the Train Station,” Photo by Owen Vaughn (March 31, 2016)

Northeast Pennsylvania was, at one time, the largest coal-producing region in the United States. This ruined train station was a vital part of that system. It is estimated that the Lehigh-Susquehanna train station shipped over a million tons of coal to New York in its day, making it one of the most active and prosperous train lines in the area [more…]