On a walking tour of my neighbourhood last year, the guide, a local historian, mentioned a building that is now a condo.  I remember visiting it with my grandmother to buy bits of cloth and yarn.  The guide said it used to employ over a thousand men, and it was just one of the many factories and foundries in the neighbourhood. 

Today you can make out the old structures if you look hard, but it requires a bit of effort.  If you're lucky you'll spot an old timer glancing back at what used to be, full of stories and nostalgia, both good and bad.  Talk to them.

Acrylic mixed media on panel, 18" x 18"