The Disappearing City

David Kaufman

Scenes reclaimed from a mid-century urban childhood: the weathered doors and sagging stoops of ancient storefronts, the gleaming metal maze of a street-corner industrial plant, the chiaroscuro of late afternoon sun raking across the facades of factories, the infinite beauty of time- worn brick, the shadows cast by looming, octopus- armed electric standards—these define the city once known to many of us, a city that, sadly, has all but disappeared.