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    Posted January 22, 2014 by
    Porto, Portugal
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    Abandoned buildings

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    The Fading Beauty of Porto, Portugal


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     San Francisco native LJYH took these haunting images of dilapidated and abandoned buildings in the Portuguese city of Porto last October. "The atmosphere was of your typical quiet neighborhood," she said. "As you're walking along, you'll see some buildings that are obviously inhabited right by a building that looks abandoned. A lot of the buildings were very ornate so it was easy to see that they were built in more prosperous times."
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    Portugal has financially been hit hard for several years now and many buildings are in disrepair or have been abandoned. Several people we met there explained that because the rent control laws are so strong, landlords can't afford to make needed repairs.

    But even though there is a sadness in seeing these beautiful buildings crumble, they are very photogenic and make a visit to Portugal very worthwhile for photographers.

    I did sometimes feel a bit uncomfortable taking the photos because the Portuguese seem to be a very proud people - with good reason - and I didn't want them to feel that I was focusing on the negative aspects of their cities. But Porto especially is a photographer's dream and I couldn't help turning my camera toward the buildings that have seen much better days.
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