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The human tale behind decline of industrial cities

The stories behind the warehouses, mills and factories left abandoned in cities that were once heartlands of heavy industry are the subject of Dr Alice Mah's research.

Urban sociologist Dr Mah has explored the history and communities of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the UK, Niagara Falls in the US and Canada and Ivanovo in Russia.

Her latest book, Industrial Ruination, Community and Place: Landscapes and Legacies of Urban Decline, looks at how these derelict sites remain connected with the urban landscapes that surround them.

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