The urban areas of the Mid-Atlantic region are known for their recognizable architecture, particularly row houses. Entire city blocks, usually in poor and working class neighborhoods, are lined with these structures. But because of the continued lagging economy, many residents of these row houses who were unable to pay increased rents and property taxes were displaced into cheaper communities. The row houses disappear and new businesses, which can afford increased commercial rent, take over the area. This type of community transformation is known as “gentrification.”
Photographer Ben Marcin’s collection, Last House Standing, depicts a common sight — after the demolition of the lines of row houses, one last building sometimes remains, usually abandoned and eerily cut off from its surroundings. Marcin shot gorgeously minimalistic images of these buildings in Philadelphia, Camden, and Baltimore.