This study seeks to determine the value and use of contemporary ruins in the centre of Gosford, a regional city of New South Wales, Australia, where aspirations to progress are offset by stories and physical traces of abandonment and decay produced as a consequence of urban decline. In Gosford, local public sentiment typically positions decay as hindrance to progress, and representative of broader perceptions of the city’s stagnation. Yet these dilapidated structures are spaces of unconventional and transient historical significance. The condemned buildings occupy an uneasy space between commercial or civic functions, and rejuvenation or demolition, and are frequented by urban explorers, street artists and the city’s youth. This study will form the groundwork for an interactive audio geography tour in the public sphere.
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Perrie Ballantyne, “Unsettled Country: Reading the Australian Ghost Town,” Journal of Australian Studies 25 (2001): 33–38; Ruth Barton, “‘Good Riddance to the Stinkin’ Place’: Deindustrialisation and Memory at Associated Pulp and Paper Mills in Burnie, Tasmania,” Labour History no. 109 (2015): 149–167.
Andrew Moore and Philip Levine, Detroit Disassembled (Akron, OH: Akron Art Museum, 2010); Dan Austin, Lost Detroit: Stories Behind the Motor City’s Majestic Ruins (Charleston, SC: History Press, 2010); Cheri Gay, Lost Detroit (London: Pavilion Books, 2013).
For a recent collection of case studies in Europe and the United States, see: Heike Oevermann and Harald A. Mieg, eds., Industrial Heritage Sites in Transformation: Clash of Discourses (New York: Routledge, 2014); Carrie Mott and Susan M. Roberts, “Not Everyone Has (the) Balls: Urban Exploration and the Persistence of Masculinist Geography,” Antipode 46 (2014): 229–245.
Lyndall Ryan, “Shopping Malls Country: Reading the Central Coast of New South Wales,” Journal of Australian Studies 86 (2006): 153; Kari Tanttari, “The Historical Development of Gosford” (Bachelor of Town Planning Thesis, University of New South Wales, 1976), 142.
See, for example, Gosford City Council, Our Vision for the Future: Report One of City Management Plan, Gosford City Council Strategic Plan, 1999–2004 (Gosford, 1999); Our City, Our Destiny: Gosford City Centre Masterplan (Gosford, 2008), http://www.rdacc.org.au/gosford_city_centre_masterplan. NB: the latter report was developed with the participation of the SolaGracia Property Group (Spurbest) which soon after sold its Gosford holdings.
“Building standard was high: Stuart Bros., Pty Ltd., one of Sydney’s leading builders has maintained its high standard of workmanship in major building construction in the new £147,000 Waltons Store at Gosford,” Gosford Star, February 10, 1965, 14; “Public Response Overwhelming,” Gosford Star, February 17, 1965, 11.
Jane Dixon and Bronwyn Isaacs, “There’s Certainly a Lot of Hurting Out There: Navigating the Trolley of Progress Down the Supermarket Aisle,” Agriculture & Human Values 30 (2013): 283–297; Jo-Anne Everingham, Verónica Devenin, and Nina Collins, “‘The Beast Doesn’t Stop’: The Resource Boom and Changes in the Social Space of the Darling Downs,” Rural Society 24 (2015): 42–64.
A 2008 council report found Gosford’s “CBD streets generally do not provide a welcoming environment for customers and visitors,” stressing the vacancies on the main street contribute to an “environment which is not overly active, particularly at night.” Gosford City Council, Our City, Our Destiny, 112.
Sarah Rojon, “Postindustrial Imagery and Digital Networks: Towards New Modes of Urban Preservation?” Future Anterior: Journal of Historic Preservation History Theory & Criticism 11 (2014): 85–98; Kyler Zeleny, “Amateur Archives: The Uses of Public and Private Archives in a Digital World,” The International Journal of the Image 7 (2016): 33–44.