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degenerated into a ghost town and that is where Douglas' story picks up the thread. The exterior shots show the Herman Gardens district, one of America's largest public housing projects when built in the 1940s for the white population. Black families began to move into the empty buildings in the 1950s and '60s, before moving out in droves or being evicted when almost all welfare programs were cut back or canceled under the Reagan administration in the course of the 1980s. Today, street gangs rule a quarter that is as good as dead, where buildings awaiting demolition serve drug dealers as crack houses. No longer a safe area, it is seen as a «blight» on the city, a no-go area the guide-books earnestly advise tourists not to visit. In his photo-series, Stan Douglas comprehends the views of the city as evidence of a catastrophe of civilization on a mythical scale, the evidence of its dimensions gradually being covered up by nature. He shows the authentic versions of the ruins and deserts until now invented and luxuriantly depicted on the sets of Hollywood special-effects movies such as «Planet of the Ape» (Franklin J. Schaffner, 1968, USA) or «Logan's Run» (Michael Anderson, 1976, USA).