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It is jarring to see an old picture of your hometown used as ruin porn. Those decrepit buildings in McFarland have been gone for years now and the rest of the town, while never featured in Home and Garden or Sunset, never looked as bad as that.

I was once told by someone from Beirut that in the 80s, news crews frequently showed up to film around the same bombed out block, surrounded by normal neighborhoods. I guess I empathize more now.

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