Trailer Park at the End Of The Rainbow

A double rainbow in the sky over the Cozy Acres trailer park on Sandpoint Road in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

This double rainbow appeared in the sky in the evening after a rainy day in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The trailer park, Cozy Acres, is located at the corner of Sandpoint Road and Arbor Avenue on Fort Wayne’s southwest side. I photographed it on August 17.

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Dr. Pepper

A Dr. Pepper sign on the side of the Pepsi distribution center on Harrison Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The brick building is painted red, white, and blue.

This is the side of one of the buildings at the Pepsi distribution center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The local Pepsi distributor also handles Dr. Pepper products.

The Pepsi warehouse complex occupies a huge block of land in the Wells Street area, just north of Downtown Fort Wayne. This building is on Harrison Street, between First Street and Second Street.

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Vacant Apartment Building at Centlivre Village

One of the vacant buildings at Centlivre Village Apartments in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The parking lot in front of the building is empty and the paving is faded and cracked.

One of the vacant buildings at Centlivre Village Apartments in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Centlivre Village was built as a luxury apartment complex about 50 years ago; but since the 1990s it has fallen into disrepair, and has been almost completely abandoned for several years. Many of the buildings have boarded-up doors and broken windows, but a few tenants still live in a couple of them.

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Out of Service

An old fire hydrant with peeling paint and an Out-Of-Service sign on it stands in front of one of the vacant buildings at Centlivre Village Apartments in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

A fire hydrant with an “Out of Service” sign affixed to it stands in front of one of the vacant buildings at Centlivre Village Apartments in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Centlivre Village was built as a luxury apartment complex about 50 years ago; but since the 1990s it has fallen into disrepair, and has been almost completely abandoned for several years. Many of the buildings have boarded-up doors and broken windows, but a few tenants still live in a couple of them.

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Sky At Last Light

Three photographs of the sky at dusk, forming an abstract color field triptych.

A trio of abstract color fields made from photographs of a cloudless sky at last light. These were made over a span of 5 minutes as the light faded away at the end of the day.

I made this photograph yesterday evening near the intersection of US-24 and I-69 on the southwest side of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Abandoned Taco Bell in Elkhart, Indiana #3

Tables and chairs seen through the arched window on the side of an abandoned Taco Bell restaurant on US-33 in Elkhart, Indiana. This is the old brick Mission-style building design that Taco Bell used in the 1970s.

One of the windows on the side of the abandoned Taco Bell restaurant on US-33 in Elkhart, Indiana. This location has probably been closed for a long time, but the tables and chairs are still set up inside the building.

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Abandoned Taco Bell in Elkhart, Indiana #2

The drive-thru window on the side of an abandoned Taco Bell restaurant on US-33 in Elkhart, Indiana. This is the old brick Mission-style building design that Taco Bell used in the 1970s.

This is the drive-thru window on the side of the abandoned Taco Bell restaurant on US-33 in Elkhart, Indiana.

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Abandoned Taco Bell in Elkhart, Indiana

An abandoned Taco Bell restaurant on US-33 in Elkhart, Indiana. This is the old brick Mission-style building design that Taco Bell used in the 1970s.

This abandoned Taco Bell restaurant stands on US-33 on the southeastern edge of Elkhart, Indiana.

It is one of the old Mission-style brick Taco Bells that were built in the 1970s. The earliest ones, including this one, had restroom doors on the back of the building, like an old gas station. Customers had to go outside and walk to the back of the restaurant to use the restrooms! The earliest ones did not have drive-thru windows, either, though this one does. They also had a bell mounted on top of the building, but that has been removed from this one.

When I was a child, my parents went to Taco Bell occasionally. Back then, all of them in my hometown, Fort Wayne, were built like this one. All of them have since closed; replaced by newer building designs. I always liked the old mission-style Taco Bells. They look like a place that would serve Mexican food.

The new ones are ugly, generic fast-food buildings that look little different from a Burger King or a McDonald’s. Both of those fast-food chains have also abandoned their old, distinctive architectural designs for generic postmodern ugliness.

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Do Not Give Money To Panhandlers

Do Not Give Money To Panhandlers, a sign on the door of a business on Wells Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

This is the front door of a store on Wells Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The sign on the door says: “Do Not Give Money To Panhandlers.” A lot of the stores on Wells Street have this sign posted on the doors or in the front windows.

Wells Street runs through one of the poorest neighborhoods in Fort Wayne, and is within walking distance of two homeless shelters. The business owners on Wells have been working for several years to fix up their buildings and have gotten the city to invest in repairing the infrastructure on the street. At the same time, the homeless have become more visible in Fort Wayne in recent years, as the economy has gotten worse.

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A Stack of Antique Bathtubs In Kimmell

A stack of old rusty cast iron bathtubs in front of a vacant storefront on Clark Street in the small town of Kimmell, Indiana.

Two old cast-iron bathtubs stacked up in front of a vacant storefront on the corner of Clark Street and Noe Street in the small town of Kimmell, Indiana.

I always loved old bathtubs like these that stood up on feet, unlike modern tubs that sit directly on the floor. My favorites were the ones whose feet were shaped like animal paws! A shame to see these examples rusting away.

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