a has-been-town

there are places that are ‘happening’. then there are sleepy towns that never did pick up. and still then, there are those places that used to be, but are no more.
i call these “has been” towns.
and pul-i-khumri in the north of afghanistan -the provincial center of baghlaan province- is a has-been-town true to definition.
the other place in my experience that fits this typology is pittsburgh, pennsylvania. once prosperous and happening on the back of the steel mills and shipyards, a late night walk through this concrete jungle on an autumn evening in 2005, revealed it to definitely be a has-been town.

(post first composed -never posted- on august 4, 2008 after a visit to pul-i-khumri.)

Last edited by safrang on July 28, 2008 at 12:55 pm


~ by safrang on January 30, 2010.

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