Music: Daysleeper - Rainy Day
Last weekend, I went to explore the US Steel Southworks site
. I knew that the area was surrounded by fences, so I spent a couple of days carefully looking over satellite photos. While fences barely show up on them, you can see their shadows. After a while, I thought I saw a couple of places where I could get through. Armed with this knowledge, I headed to the South Chicago neighborhood.
Unfortunately, when I got there, I discovered that all of the gaps were blocked off due to the Route 41 relocation project
. I looked around for a bit and found a hole in the fence. I thought about trying to sneak through it, but there was a construction crew working nearby, so I decided that it was better to be safe then sorry.
Still, I wasn't content to leave empty-handed, so I decided to walk along the site's boundaries and see if I could take some pictures though the fence. It wasn't quite as cool as actually being there, but all things considered, I was actually pretty pleased with the results.
Just in case you're wondering, I should tell you that while South Chicago isn't quite as bad as some of the other South Side neighborhoods, it's still not exactly safe. If you want to explore the Southworks site, I suggest you do it with a group. Ultimately, though, it's all about your comfort level. If you can't handle potentially stressful situations, explore somewhere else.
As with my last post, I put my pictures in a slide show. The background song is "Rainy Day" by Daysleeper. You can see individual photos here